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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Koryta Narrator: Robert Petkoff Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781607883036
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It started with a beautiful woman and a challenge. As a gift for her husband, Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to make a documentary about her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a ninety-five-year-old billionaire whose past is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job even though there are few clues to the man’s past—just the name of his hometown and an antique water bottle he’s kept his entire life.

In Bradford’s hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary history: a glorious domed hotel where movie stars, presidents, athletes, and mobsters once mingled, and hot springs whose miraculous mineral water cured everything from insomnia to malaria. Neglected for years, the resort has been restored to its former grandeur just in time for Eric’s stay.

Just hours after his arrival, Eric experiences a frighteningly vivid vision. As the days pass, the frequency and intensity of his hallucinations increase, drawing Eric deeper into the town’s dark history. He discovers that something besides the hotel has been restored—a long-forgotten evil that will stop at nothing to regain its lost glory.

Brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, So Cold the River is a tale of irresistible suspense with a racing, unstoppable current.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Revenge drives this superb stand-alone...Koryta's dialogue is as sharp as the knives his characters wield, and his plot twists at the most unexpected moments. This thriller places Koryta solidly in the company of the genre's most powerful voices. Publishers Weekly
  • Superb writing and storytelling from Michael Koryta...Envy the Night represents his best work to date. George Pelecanos
  • This diabolical novel, laid out in simple but eloquent prose and pitch-perfect dialogue, heralds a changing of the guard. I have seen the future of 'The Best Mystery Writer in America' and its name is Michael Koryta. Ridley Pearson
  • One of the best of the best, plain and simple. Michael Connelly
  • “Koryta spins a spellbinding tale of an unholy lust for power that reaches from beyond the grave and suspends disbelief through the believable interactions of fully developed characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • ACCLAIM FOR ENVY THE NIGHT (2008)
  • With Envy the Night, Koryta earns a seat at the high table of neo-noir crime writers. Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
  • Koryta earns a seat at the high table of neo-noir crime writers by putting a fresh spin on the fathers-and-sons narrative so many of his peers feel compelled to write over and over again.... As good as he is at depicting violence, Koryta puts even more muscle into scenes of killers tracking one another in the great outdoors--a talent that...is demonstrated here with brutal artistry. New York Times Book Review
  • “Koryta has ventured into genre-bending, successfully melding thriller elements to a horror story that recalls Stephen King. His tight, clear prose makes West Baden as creepy as Transylvania, and Eric is a compellingly flawed protagonist.”

    Booklist

  • “A departure from Kortya’s Lincoln Perry PI series that’s every bit as well-written.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the June 2010 Indie Next List
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2011 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melrandall | 2/18/2014

    " Very interesting story and take on a ghost story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 2/17/2014

    " This is the first book written by this author that I've read and I have to say I'm really impressed. This book was an excellent read. Fab plot, lots of twists and turns. Can't wait to read more of Michael's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorna | 2/15/2014

    " Well written and author knows the area or researched the area very well. I liked the suspense of the supernatural happenings/events. Characters well thought out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 2/11/2014

    " Although I'm only 200 pages in, this book is surprisingly good. I have never read a book by kortya, but now that I've enjoys this I might... It has a lot of suspense and good plot "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn Weber | 2/7/2014

    " I feel like I should have liked this novel better than I did. It had a gothicky plot and feel, the kind of story I like. But the prose and storytelling were just a little more clunky and unsophisticated than I was expecting. On the other hand, I looked forward to reading it every night and read it pretty steadily. Something about the title, size, and praise page made me think it was a really hefty, great thriller like Child 44, but it didn't rise to that level. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gerri Leen | 2/2/2014

    " I wanted to love this. I tried to love this. I got 2/3 of the way through the book before I quit. And I quit for one reason: I was bored. I stopped and assessed the book and tried to think of what had happened in these many pages I had read. And really, very little. I found I didn't want to pick it up and I didn't really like many of the characters. I was not sure if it was every going to get more actiony or not but I decided to bail. I don't normally write reviews for things I leave off on, but this one seemed to call for it since it had such promise and just ran out of steam long before the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 1/18/2014

    " A wonderfully creepy mystery/thriller about old spa hotels in Indiana, tornadoes, the Depression, and inheritance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 1/5/2014

    " An engaging thriller, despite the fact that I didn't really like the protagonist (even before his mind got a little addled). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 12/22/2013

    " Fantastic. One of the best reads of the summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/19/2013

    " Fast-paced mystery with supernatural elements. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/15/2013

    " Good story but slow to build "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Hartshorn | 11/26/2013

    " Just found this new author and what a great book. Looking forward to reading his newest! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 11/15/2013

    " Great story - very spooky - that kept my attention through 12 or 14 discs. Could have done without the sound effects - I thought there was something wrong with my car!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 10/20/2013

    " I loved it. Supernatural suspence thriller. Very interesting setting, actually a real place. Not for everyone unless you like suspense with a ghost or 2 thrown in. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caryl | 9/21/2013

    " I found this superficial but I shouldn't be so harsh. Just not my genre- paranormal mystery- of choice. I liked the background of the place though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 4/28/2013

    " This book started out with an excellent plot and characters. I'm not sure if you would classify this as a supernatural thriller but it certainly had me on the edge of my seat. The Barnes and Noble review was right on. It did not disappoint me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/25/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. I liked the psychic element in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad Harkins | 3/28/2013

    " Not bad. Interesting story, kept me going but I never totally got swept up in it. For some reason premise seemed a little strange. I'd still recommend as thriller/horror but I wasn't blown away. Might just be not quite up my alley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Takara | 2/1/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was engaging from the beginning and the setting made me want to go there and see it for myself. The supernatural element was done just right. This was the perfect book right before Halloween. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/15/2013

    " July book club selection. I thought this was a great book. And, our book club made a day trip to French Lick/West Baden to see the hotels. They really are beautiful. It was great to see the places described in the book. I would love to go back soon. And I can't wait to read more by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Ishtayeh | 12/31/2012

    " I read 500 plus pages of a book that i should have put down at 50. The end is exciting the rest I just did not enjoy...although the few weather references were interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 3/30/2012

    " wow - and yet another book surprises me with it's intensity. A little bit magic, madness and redemption, I plowed through the book to untangle the many threads that created this tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Cole | 1/28/2012

    " Love, love, loved it! A thoroughly addictive book that I couldn't put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 10/12/2011

    " Interesting but not a great thriller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri | 7/13/2011

    " Really creepy; couldn't put it down for three days!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Grigsby | 5/29/2011

    " Interesting listen. Moves fairly quickly. Spooky, but not Stephen King level spooky. Well written and engaging though. Sad, but not crushingly so. Pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Es135 | 5/16/2011

    " This book is comparable to the great suspenseful Stephen King novels. The opening grabs the reader's attention and doesn't let go. I thought the supernatural elements were really only used to advance the story of a filmmaker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 5/6/2011

    " This was a suspenseful read but the whole supernatural element of the story just didn't do it for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 5/5/2011

    " I read 500 plus pages of a book that i should have put down at 50. The end is exciting the rest I just did not enjoy...although the few weather references were interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenna | 4/27/2011

    " This book was awesome couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sueann | 4/26/2011

    " Odd mystery book - great palate cleanser "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 4/24/2011

    " Downloaded from Audible. Very entertaining! I listened to this on my lunch hour walks. It was such a compelling story, that I even walked on the rainy days! Terrific reader, appropriate sound effects, beautiful music. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 4/20/2011

    " Weird but convincing narrative of haunted valley in US. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jami | 4/18/2011

    " The back of the book has Entertainment Weekly comparing this author to Stephen King. Although this story is vaguely creepy it doesn't come close to Stephen King's writing. That said the story was clever but not in an "I can't put it down" kind of way. It was ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 4/11/2011

    " strange, but interesting - I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 4/2/2011

    " Eh. so-so. Amusing enough fora Saturday night. Totally formulaic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 patty | 4/1/2011

    " this was more like a 3 1/2 star book but it kept my attention throughout and I liked the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/27/2011

    " Paranormal thriller. It could have used some editing. Too long and clunky in parts. It would make a good airport or beach book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 3/27/2011

    " Great reading. The story takes place in Southern Indiana (my neck of the woods), at the French Like Resort and West Baden Hotel, so I enjoyed reading about the locale. The book jacket compares Michael Koryta along side Stephen King and Peter Straub. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Koryta

Michael Koryta is the New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, most recently Those Who Wish Me Dead. His previous novels—including The Prophet, The Ridge, and So Cold The River—were New York Times Notable Books, national bestsellers, and have been nominated for numerous awards, including having won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana.

About the Narrator

Robert Petkoff has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime. His audiobook narrations have won multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards as well as a coveted Audie Award.