Once Upon A River

Once Upon A River

eBook - 2018
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"From bestselling author Diane Setterfield, a new mystery as gorgeous, spellbinding and addictively readable as her blockbuster debut The Thirteenth Tale. Solstice is a time of dreaming, a time of stories and a time of magic. On a dark, misty night in the small English village of Radcot, locals gather at the Swan Inn to cap their day with drinks and lore. The 600-year-old pub is a famed hub for storytellers, but the patrons cannot know that their evening will be stranger than any tale they could weave. Into the inn bursts a mysterious man, sopping and bloodied and carrying an unconscious four-year-old girl. But before he can explain who he and the child are, and how they came to be injured, he collapses. Upriver, two families are searching desperately for their missing daughters. Alice Armstrong has been missing for twenty-four hours, ever since her mother's suicide. And Amelia Vaughn vanished without a trace two years prior. When the families learn of the lost little girl at the Swan Inn, each wonders if their child has at last been found. But identifying the child may not be as easy as it seems. Once Upon a River is a miracle of a novel, a tale of love and family, of secrets and betrayal, and of the transformative power of storytelling."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Bond Street Books,, 2018
ISBN: 9780307367945
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (432 pages)
Alternative Title: Library2Go


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JCLMeghanF Apr 30, 2019

Setterfield has created a charming, magical tale that twists and turns much like the river Thames upon which this story is set. Centering around the miraculous recovery of a drowned little girl, the story follows the investigation into her identity, bringing to light many devastating secrets along the way. If you like books with that fairy tale feel, this is one you won't want to miss.

Apr 23, 2019

Brilliant. A tale well spun with great characters, suspense and a wonderful ending, oh and a touch of the supernatural. What more could you ask for?

Apr 17, 2019

Diane Setterfield did it again! What an incredible treat this book is! She is truly a master story teller, in the same category of Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Charlotte Bronte. The beginning is simple enough: on a dark December night, a man and a child enter a Victorian inn near the river, the Swan, a place where you go if you want to hear stories. The child is dead, drowned, the man is barely alive. But then things change dramatically: the child comes back to life and, because she is mute, several people start claiming her as their own. But who is she? Why do all these people desperately want her? Well, to know the answer you have to read this incredible book. And don't rush through it: savor every single chapter. You will read about family ties and how they can be betrayed; about an abused woman and about a woman who is instead able to forge her life; about the early development of photography; about incredible villainy and forgiveness against all odds; above all, you will read about the river (that might or might not be the Thames), its dangers, its beauty, and the supernatural creatures who inhabit it and who will carry you on the other side, when your time comes. In brief, this book is a jewel!

ontherideau Apr 08, 2019

Take the hand of this author as she leads you along the river, around bends, over rocks and breaking into tributaries.
"But the words were eggcups and what they were describing was an ocean of absence too vast to be contained in such modest vessels."

Mar 06, 2019

After reading comments and description of book again, I changed my mind on even bothering to attempt reading...gothic isn't my thing

Feb 18, 2019

I am only a little ways into this book and I'm enjoying it immensely. For some reason, I thought I wasn't going to like it. I read her second book, Bellman and Black, and although I finished it, I found it dragged in the last half. But this one is a wonderful story, set in "an ancient inn on the River Thames". It is atmospheric and reads a bit like a fairy tale.

Feb 03, 2019

I know people are saying what an amazing book but I just could not get into it. After 141 pages, and my mind wandering while reading, I had to stop. I like reading all kinds of stories but this one did not hold my attention at all. I didn't care for the characters and it moves so slow. I hate writing bad reviews because I know the authors put so much into their stories. But this one was just not for me.

Jan 25, 2019

I'm about 3/4 thru the audio unabridged version and love this tale. Well rounded characters with many players and an intriguing plot with varies tributaries of story.

DPLSaraQT Jan 23, 2019

This is a book full of storytellers, written for story lovers. The language is beautiful, enchanting, and perhaps a little devious. I love that the river itself - the Thames - is a central character of its own. A lovely modern fairy tale.

Jan 16, 2019

On a dark and stormy winter solstice an injured man appears at the Swan Inn carrying what appears to be a dead child. She is laid out, but then upon another examination she breathes! A couple come forward to claim her, yet others think she resembles their missing daughter or sister. Who is the little girl and how did she come to be in the river?

This is such a delightful gothic novel. I think fans of Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale will be pleased with this second effort.

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