Author: Diane Setterfield
Genre: historical fiction
Publish Date: December 4, 2018
Taken From Goodreads
A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.
Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.
Is it a miracle?
Is it magic?
Or can it be explained by science?
Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is a richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteeth Tale.
This mysterious and historical tale was very well written and at times I was very drawn into the story and characters, it is definitely a slow building story, but so enjoyable. It gave me this creepy feeling of anticipation that something scary or possibly magical might happen at any moment.
The little girl that supposedly drowned, does not speak and more than one family claims that she is their lost child, which is the main conflict of the tale and makes for lots of talk at the inn and along the river. (I kept thinking if only they could only do a simple paternity test!)🤣
Like a rivers many tributaries that is how this story flowed. Many lives came together that were connected by the child and the events that took place on that night at the inn. Armstrong is my favorite character in the story and it all comes together for a pleasing ending. I have not read The Thirteenth Tale yet, but I plan to. Diane Setterfield is an amazing storyteller.
Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and the author Diane Setterfield for this ARC. This book will be published December 4, 2018. and all opinions are my own.
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