Review of WICKED RIVER by Jenny Milchman

This thriller by Jenny Milchman will be available at your favorite bookseller on May 1, 2018.

When one thinks of a special wedding and honeymoon, this book is not one that you want to use as your guide. Natalie and Doug Larson get married at a nice little bed and breakfast in the middle of nowhere. Then, they set out for an adventure honeymoon into the Adirondack Mountains. That is where the honeymoon starts going downhlll. Doug loses the GPS, they discover a dead man in the woods, they are hiking more than they are paddling the canoe so they abandon it. So much is already going wrong when their savior appears in the form of a man whom Natalie believes is a homeless vagabond. But Kurt is much more than that; he has lived in the woods for over a year and is a survivor, no matter what he has to do to be able to survive. Natalie and Doug quickly discover that Kurt is not the man he seems and that they must try to escape from his clutches before horrible things happen to them. Kurt is studying them psychologically and nothing that he does to them evokes real emotion; they are just case studies to him. But Natalie and Doug are lost in a wilderness and getting away is harder than they could have ever imagined. This book was written with a realistic tone that was scary and mesmerizing at the same time. The horror was there, but so was the pathos for Doug and Natalie who are a couple that just got married and who may not live to see an anniversary. Natalie was the more sympathetic character since she knew absolutely nothing about this whole adventure thing and this honeymoon was the brainchild of Doug. I also really liked her niece Mia who would not give up searching for her. This teen girl was portrayed as curious and a loner of sorts, preferring her online media to real personal contact. Again, this was such a realistic portrayal that I could actually imagine this girl’s words as she spoke them and was not surprised by the actions she took in her quests to find Natalie and Doug. This is an excellent novel that is not for the weak heart or weak stomach.

Disclaimer

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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