The River by Peter Heller was a short and quick read that was both edge-of-seat riveting and also left me with questions. So, while mid-way through I might have given it a five-star rating, by the abrupt ending, I demoted it to four stars. The River is a story of two friends who set off to canoe a Northern Canadian river together. Mid-way through the journey, a wildfire quickens their pace, they hear a man and woman arguing through the fog, and then the man turns up on his own. What follows is a survival novel. A good one, but not as great as it was set up to be.