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Title:
Wicked river
Author:
Milchman, Jenny, author.
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Publication Information:
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2018]
Physical Description:
455 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Six million acres of Adirondack forest separate Natalie and Doug Larson from civilization. For the newlyweds, an isolated backcountry honeymoon seems ideal. But just as Natalie and Doug begin to explore the dark interiors of their own hearts, as well as the depths of their love for each other, it becomes clear that they are not alone in the woods. A man watches them, wielding the forest like a weapon. He wants something from them more terrifying than death. And once they are near his domain, he will do everything in his power to make sure they never walk out again. -- adapted from jacket
General Note:
Includes reading group guide, and a conversation with the author.
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9781492658993

9781492664413
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Book

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"Wicked Riveris partly a who-is-my-husband-really story, partly a horror-in-the-wilderness story, and partly a Manhattan-family drama, all rolled up in elegantly propulsive prose, and shot through with sinister suspense."--LEE CHILD, New York Timesbestselling author

Six million acres of Adirondack forest separate Natalie and Doug Larson from civilization. For the newlyweds, an isolated backcountry honeymoon seems ideal-a chance to start their lives together with an adventure. But just as Natalie and Doug begin to explore the dark interiors of their own hearts, as well as the depths of their love for each other, it becomes clear that they are not alone in the woods.

Because six million acres makes it easy for the wicked to hide. And even easier for someone to go missing for good.

As they struggle with the worst the wilderness has to offer, a man watches them, wielding the forest like a weapon. He wants something from them more terrifying than death. And once they are near his domain, he will do everything in his power to make sure they never walk out again.


Author Notes

Jenny Milchman is an award-winning, critically acclaimed novelist from the Hudson River Valley of New York State. Her debut novel, Cover of Snow (Ballantine/Random House), won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for best suspense novel of 2013, and her followup novels, Ruin Falls and As Night Falls (Ballantine/Random House), were both Indie Next picks. Jenny is vice president of author programming for International Thriller Writers, a member of the Sisters in Crime speakers bureau, and the founder and organizer of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which is celebrated in all fifty states.


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Booklist Review

A kayaking trip into the Adirondacks' remotest corners isn't Natalie's honeymoon fantasy, but she's persuaded by fiancé Doug's vision of idyllic time together in nature. Their first days on the trail follow Doug's scenario pretty closely until he loses their GPS in a hairy section of rapids. Uncomfortable navigating the dense terrain without the GPS, they decide to attempt hiking to a way station. Natalie's fears about the dangers of the wilderness quickly become reality when Doug stumbles into a murder scene and they are forced to flee further into the forest to escape the gunman. Injured and dehydrated, Natalie and Doug struggle to find help, never suspecting that a second predator who has made the forest his own is effortlessly guiding them into his trap. Milchman's fourth Adirondack-centered thriller is a tense exploration of survival and psychological manipulation with a raw, sharply drawn setting sure to please fans of wilderness thrillers like those by Nevada Barr and C. J. Box.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2018 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Near the start of this so-so standalone from Mary Higgins Clark Award-winner Milchman (As Night Falls), Doug and Natalie Larson embark on their honeymoon, a canoe trip through the Adirondacks' six million acres of wilderness. Everything goes swimmingly until Doug loses his GPS unit, causing the couple to lose not only their way but also their supplies. When Doug and Natalie fail to return to New York City the following week, Natalie's 13-year-old niece, Mia, sounds the alarm, but what she and the search party don't know is that a lonely psychopath has already found the Larsons and has his own plans for them. The man-versus-nature aspect of Milchman's tale thrills, but her characters lack verisimilitude. After a strong start, unearned twists propel the plot toward an abrupt and somewhat arbitrary conclusion that's action-packed but fails to gratify. Fans will hope for a return to form next time. Agent: Julia Kenny, Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

There is so much foreboding built into the first half of Milchman's (Cover of Snow) latest thriller that it is almost a relief when the inevitable disaster happens. Even at the very start of their lives together as newlyweds, a shadow is cast over the happiness of Doug and Natalie by the arrival of some shady characters and the odd behavior of Doug's best men. When the honeymoon (a remote Adirondack canoe trip) turns into a survival exercise, it does not come as a surprise. Milchman alternates the narrative points of view from the couple's perspective and that of Natalie's teenage niece, who idolizes her aunt, and that of a survivalist recluse who hungers for human companionship. After the newlyweds eventually meet up with the hermit, what happens next is not unexpected. It is a testament to Milchman's strong writing that the suspense is nonetheless riveting. VERDICT A hybrid between John Fowles's classic The Collector and -Erica Ferencik's The River at Night, this novel will appeal to fans of psychological suspense as well as those who enjoy trips to the backcountry. [See Prepub Alert, 11/21/17.]-Sharon Mensing, Dubois, WY © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.