The River

By Tricia Wastvedt
Read by Kate Reading

10.08 Hours 05/05/2005 unabridged
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During the summer of 1958 in the English village of Cameldip, two children drown while playing in a leaky boat on the river. Their parents, Isabel and Robert, are bound together in guilt and anger. Thirty years later, a young woman secretly pregnant and determined to make a new start for herself arrives in Cameldip. Taken in by Isabel, she slowly uncovers the secrets of the village’s past and is inexorably drawn into the conflict. A story of families, old secrets, and new beginnings, The River is a lyrical and haunting tale of betrayal, failure, love, and fortitude.

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Summary

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

During the summer of 1958 in the English village of Cameldip, two children drown while playing in a leaky boat on the river. Their parents, Isabel and Robert, are bound together in guilt and anger. Thirty years later, a young woman secretly pregnant and determined to make a new start for herself arrives in Cameldip. Taken in by Isabel, she slowly uncovers the secrets of the village’s past and is inexorably drawn into the conflict.

A story of families, old secrets, and new beginnings, The River is a lyrical and haunting tale of betrayal, failure, love, and fortitude.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Intense and lyrical…Wastvedt steers a clear course through a narrative of escalating suspense.” Guardian (London)
“Skillfully evokes a sense of impending doom…Wastvedt brings her story to its climax over one Christmas with a finale that Daphne du Maurier herself would have been proud of.” Daily Mail (London)
“The author does a masterful job of showing how unhappiness must be dealt with by everyone, and how grief has its own timetable.” Kliatt 
“Moving and impressive, strongly atmospheric. A remarkable achievement.” Penelope Lively
“This suspenseful, atmospheric story progresses with the irresistible flow of the river itself, and readers may find themselves pulled in right up to the ghastly ending.” Publishers Weekly
“Kate Reading’s work here is immensely skillful; she peoples this stunning story with breathing characters of all ages and stations, and with accents bred from the Scottish isles to Provence.” AudioFile
“Threat and suspense are juxtaposed with lyrical romanticism…a deft...fusion of gothic and rhapsodic.” Kirkus Reviews
“Careens toward a stunning conclusion…Deftly written and assured.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Tricia Wastvedt

Tricia Wastvedt was born in London in 1954. She lives in Bath, England.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English