Wynn and Jack have been best friends since their first day of college, brought together by their shared love of literature and the great outdoors.
The adventure of a lifetime…
When they decide to take time off university and canoe down the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate the ultimate wilderness experience.
No fellow travellers.
No way of going back.
A hellish ride…
But as a raging wildfire starts to make its way towards them, their idyllic expedition becomes a desperate race for survival. And when a man suddenly appears, claiming his wife has vanished, the fight against nature's destructive power becomes entangled with a much deadlier game of cat and mouse.
THE RIVER by bestselling author Peter Heller is a gripping thriller about the beauty of the great outdoors and the dangers of the wild with a page-turning story that builds up to a shocking finale and keeps the reader guessing until the very end.
Firstly thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers and W and N for inviting me to be part of this Blog Tour
Jack and Wynn are old school friends making their way down the Maskwa River in Canada, what is supposed to be a leisurely 2 week adventure down river to the town of Wapahk soon becomes a fight for survival, against Mother Nature and other more sinister enemies...
With nature raging against them, they come across some shady characters and not least a woman very much in need, abandoned by her husband and left alone while the weather is turning..
What begins as quite a slowly paced book soon winds into a frantic break neck, intense action packed ride. This Book doesn’t let up.
Friendship, human attrition, bravery, and a will to survive, the boys put it all on the line to save themselves.
The locations and descriptions of the river and surroundings are seriously stunning, you can picture yourself there on this beautiful river bombarding down the white rapids.
I liked the 2 main characters and the book really is solely on these guys, friends, doing their best to survive, of course they have fractious moments but in the end it’s all about surviving the perils in front of them.
The writing is great, detailed, descriptive and at times it can be an emotional tale bringing about a finale fitting of the adventure we have just been taken on by Peter Heller.
About The Author
Peter Heller is an award-winning adventure writer and the author of four bestselling novels, including the New York Times bestseller THE DOG STARS, a Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle and Atlantic Book of the Year. Born and raised in New York, he attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where he became an outdoorsman and white-water kayaker. He has travelled the world as an expedition kayaker, writing about challenging descents in the Pamirs, the Tien Shan mountains, the Caucuses, Central America and Peru. A keen adventurer, he has navigated some of the most dangerous rivers in the world, including the Muk Su River in the High Pamirs of Tadjikistan. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he received an MFA in fiction and poetry, and won a Michener fellowship for his epic poem 'The Psalms of Malvine'.
‘Urgent, visceral writing - I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
A beautiful, heartrending exploration of male friendship’
Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of LET ME LIE
‘A suspenseful tale told with glorious drama and lyrical flair’
Denise Mina, NEW YORK TIMES