Just look at that gorgeous cover!! That is some gorgeous artwork right there!
While this turned out to be more of survival story than a thriller, I absolutely loved this story! But honestly, you couldn’t pay me enough money to go whitewater rafting or hiking for days. One of the landmarks on the river they go down, their guide calls Satan’s Staircase. WHY? Why would you want to do that?? As you can tell, I’m not the adventurous, outdoorsy type.
What I enjoyed most about this book that it was four women on an annuals girl trip, who are on this high-octane adventure, when their excursion takes a sharp turn into life-or-death territory. They have to rely on each other, and when long-buried secrets are revealed, things become more tense. It was great to see Wini—the main character of this book, and who at the beginning is a fairly weak person—grow into this leader.
I was strongly reminded as I was reading this, of the movie with Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon, The River Wild. In the movie, Streep’s character, Gail (a rafting expert), takes on a pair of armed killers while navigating a spectacularly violent river. Like Gail, Wini and her friends stumble across a ramshackle camp in hopes that they will help them. Instead, the supposed saviors turn out to have less than honorable intentions.
All in all, if you enjoy a good survival, friendship story, you will enjoy this book.