Review Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

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 as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.

4,5 stars

I don't know where to start my review with this book.I'm speechless, this is a captivating and unique story.I enjoyed how the various stories spin around each other and tie together , it was so entertaining.
The novel begins on the night of the winter solstice where this cosy atmosphere gets shattered by a strange man, severely injured carrying a rag doll. The ragdoll turns out to be a little girl, dead on arrival. Or is she?

It's so brilliant and the mystery around the story so fantastic.It's a story that will make you think about it for a long time.

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