Wicked River: A Novel (Paperback)
A honeymoon to remember! Newlyweds and urbanites Natalie and Doug venture on a canoe trip in the vast Adirondacks. Enter Kurt who, having broken ties with civilization, is becoming more predatory each day. Enter Mia, Natalie’s thirteen-year-old niece who is counting the days for her aunt to return to city life and soon realizes those days have passed. Lost maps, broken bones, near-starvation and shivering temps – who becomes Lost-Found-Trapped-and-Saved in Jenny Milchman’s latest thriller? Suspense at its best!— Mindy
A honeymoon to remember! Newlyweds and urbanites Natalie and Doug venture on a canoe trip in the vast Adirondacks. Enter Kurt who, having broken ties with civilization, is becoming more predatory each day. Enter Mia, Natalie’s thirteen-year-old niece who is counting the days for her aunt to return to city life and soon realizes those days have passed. Lost maps, broken bones, near-starvation and shivering temps – who becomes Lost-Found-Trapped-and-Saved in Jenny Milchman’s latest thriller? Suspense at its best!
- Mindy— From Mindy's Recs
May 2018 Indie Next List
“I am a huge Jenny Milchman fan, so I had high expectations for this book. My expectations were met and surpassed. Doug and Natalie both have secrets and issues with trust. Add in debts to old friends and a wedding not celebrated by all, and complications are everywhere. The honeymoon in the wilderness is the stuff of nightmares and will keep your heart pounding. Any fan of a good thriller with psychological twists will love this book.”
— Jackie Willey, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
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"Wicked River is 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 Times bestselling author
Newlyweds Nat and Doug expected a romantic adventure when they decided on a canoe trip for their honeymoon, but they're not alone in the woods.
Six million acres of Adirondack forest separate Natalie and Doug Larson from civilization. For the newlyweds, an isolated canoeing 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, and the deceit that has led to their love, it becomes clear that they are not alone in the woods.
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 to get exactly what he wants. And once they are near his domain, he will do everything in his power to make sure that they never escape the of terror in the woods.
Wicked River is a slow-burn psychological thriller—a book full of sinister secrets, deceit, and terror—a chilling addition to the genre.
About the Author
Jenny Milchman is the USA Today bestselling Mary Higgins Clark award winning author of five psychological thrillers, including Wicked River and The Second Mother. All of Jenny's novels have been chosen for the Indie Next List, and her work has been praised by the New York Times, the AP, the San Francisco Review of Books, along with inclusion on Strand Magazine's Best of 2018 and Suspense Magazine's Best of 2014, plus numerous other picks and mentions. Jenny served four years as vice president of author programs for International Thriller Writers and is a member of the Sisters in Crime speakers bureau. She gives talks and workshops all over the country on the importance of sticking to a dream, and is the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which is celebrated in all fifty states and on five continents. Find her on social media and at her website http://jennymilchman.com
"Milchman has crafted a truly engrossing novel where the river is not the only thing that's wicked." — Jeff Ayers, The Associated Press
"Riveting....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." — Library Journal
"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." — Booklist
"Suspense oozes like blood from a wound on every page of Jenny Milchman’s Wicked River. As scary and tense a book as I’ve read this year." — John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of the Dismas Hardy series
"From time to time, I come across an action manuscript that shares my high regard for the [action] genre and the intensity it can achieve. One such book is Jenny Milchman’s Wicked River, which I urge you to experience. It thoroughly gripped me, not only because of the excitement it creates and the inventiveness with which it does so, but also because of the subtext about a honeymoon in which the various stages of a marriage are condensed in a wilderness that’s both physical and psychological. Wicked River is a wild ride." — David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood
"Jenny Milchman’s characters jump off the page...Wicked River is compulsive reading - I kept holding my breath and turning the pages faster and faster. It’s a book that should cement Jenny’s place as a must read thriller writer for fans hungry for domestic suspense in the style of Gillian Flynn." — MJ Rose, New York Times bestselling author
"Chock full of suspense and danger, Wicked River by Jenny Milchman takes you on the journey of a lifetime, canoeing fast-moving rivers and hiking through tangled forests where humans have seldom trod. This is the story of Natalie and Doug’s honeymoon; they wanted natural beauty and adventure. They get both, in abundance. You’ll be glad you joined them. Wicked River is wicked thrilling!" — Gayle Lynds, bestselling author of Masquerade and The Book of Spies
"Deliverance, meet Into the Wild. Jenny Milchman knows how to construct a tautly wound, raw-boned thriller that will keep you up like the howl of wolves outside your tent." — Andrew Gross, international bestselling author of The Blue Zone and The Dark Tide
"A story about passion and betrayal on the high stakes stage, Wicked River is intensely gripping and perfectly paced—a real standout that pushes the domestic thriller category to its very edge. With her usual mastery of setting and character, Jenny Milchman has outdone herself." — Carla Buckley, internationally bestselling author of The Good Goodbye
"Harrowing and hellacious...one of those rare books so exquisitely etched that you can actually skip the coming movie and lose yourself in the pages." — Providence Journal