The River

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YOU CAN TRY TO OUTRUN NATURE… BUT WILL YOU SURVIVE ONE MAN’S FURY?


TWO FRIENDS
Wynn and Jack have been best friends since their first day of college: a gentle giant from Vermont and a rugged kid raised on a ranch in Colorado, 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: two young men navigating the rapids through the quiet, imposing landscapes of North America.
No phones.
No fellow travellers.
No way of going back.

A HELLISH RIDE
But as a raging wildfire starts to make its way towards them – reducing the towering trees to charred carcasses – their idyllic expedition becomes a desperate race for survival.
And when a man suddenly appears, seemingly in a state of shock and claiming his wife has vanished, the fight against nature’s destructive power becomes entangled with a much deadlier game of cat and mouse.

Because the only thing more dangerous than a burning forest is a man’s thirst for revenge…

Critics Review

  • The danger in Peter Heller’s The River is so vast and so deadly that it dwarfs more human threats… Both beautifully written, a crisp, ice-cold immersion in the glory of the wilderness, and unbearably tense, as peril moves in on Heller gratifyingly competent explorers, whose deep friendship is tenderly evoked

    Observer
  • 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
  • Where Heller really scores is the extraordinarily high quality of his writing about the natural world, which is lyrical and action-packed by turns

    Guardian
  • Heller is a master of suspense, and his fourth novel showcases this brilliantly. A thrilling read with a dramatic twist at the end: you will not be able to put it down.

    The Lady
  • A simple but brilliantly effective set-up, a kind of neo-Western set in a lawless world, although Peter Heller, having established the tension that drives this compulsive thriller, makes time to lyrically explore the natural landscape… An inventive rites-of-passage tale and a haunting exploration of grace under pressure

    Irish Times
  • The gorgeously lyrical prose is worth savouring – but the superbly mounting tension tempts you to race on. A great adventure story and love letter to male friendship, with a wonderful depiction of the wilderness and superb characterisation. Impossible to put down, or forget

    Sunday Mirror

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