Wicked River

Wicked RiverWicked River by Jenny Milchman
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on May 1st 2018
Pages: 464
ISBN: 1492658995
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This book had a “wicked” good start..female hiker alone in the woods….there is danger…

Then cut to Natalie and Doug’s wedding. Something seems to be amiss but Natalie isn’t one to nag or question Doug so the wedding goes as planned and they leave on their honeymoon. A honeymoon spent kayaking and camping in the Adirondack forest. It’s a BIG place – six million acres in fact. They hope to use this time to not only connect with each other but with nature as well.

But then….

They realize that they are not the only ones in the forest. Six million acres is a lot of land and there are a lot of places to camp, to hide, to start over, to get into a heap of trouble..you get the picture. Because as the blurb informs us..they are being watched. But why whom and Why? This reminded me slightly of the 2009 movie “A Perfect Getaway” where a couple on vacation find that they are not alone in paradise either. Anyways, I digress. Natalie and Doug are being watched (yes, there is a watcher in the woods (bad horror film tie in).

Their honeymoon suddenly turns not so romantic. It becomes a fight for survival. A time when you learn who you really are and who others really are as well. Mixed in with their story is the story of Mia, Natalie’s niece in NYC. The stories will eventually merge and make sense at the end of the book.

This book does have a couple of twists. I will say that it did start very strong but then it got slow for me in the middle. I wanted to know what happened to the woman in the beginning of the book. Also, I was hoping for a little more action in the middle of the book. Things did pick up toward the last third of the book, but having said that things never got entirely thrilling either. I was hoping this would be a page turner but it wasn’t. I did read this fast and did enjoy it. It just lagged a little too much in the middle for me.

Overall a good book with a well thought out plot – I just wanted a little more action in this. Plus, I could have done without the niece’s story line. Perhaps if the entire story focused on the story of survival, I would have enjoyed it more. Plus, the book is titled Wicked River but it’s not really the river that they need to fear in this book.

I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.