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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,079 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 2011 ISBN: 9781609412340
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In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods. For years the lighthouse has been considered no more than an eccentric local landmark-until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.

For deputy sheriff Kevin Kimble, the lighthouse-keeper's death is disturbing and personal. Years ago, Kimble was shot while on duty. Somehow the death suggests a connection between the lighthouse and the most terrifying moment of his life.

Audrey Clark is in the midst of moving her large-cat sanctuary onto land adjacent to the lighthouse. Sixty-seven tigers, lions, leopards, and one legendary black panther are about to have a new home there. Her husband, the sanctuary's founder, died scouting the new property, and Audrey is determined to see his vision through.

As strange occurrences multiply at the Ridge, the animals grow ever more restless, and Kimble and Audrey try to understand what evil forces are moving through this ancient landscape, just past the divide between dark and light.

The Ridge is the new thriller from international bestseller Michael Koryta, further evidence of why Dean Koontz has said "Michael Koryta's work resonates into deeper strata than does most of what I read" and why Michael Connelly has named him "one of the best of the best." Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards


    "This book builds like a summer storm. Beautiful to watch until it shakes the house and knocks out the lights, leaving you alone in the dark. Another masterful work from Michael Koryta, SO COLD THE RIVER is guaranteed to put the cold finger down your spine.
    Michael Connelly
  • Koryta has ventured into genre-bending, successfully melding thriller elements to a horror story that recalls Stephen King. Kirkus Reviews
  • An icy, terrifying winner. So Cold the River puts an October chill in your blood by the end of the first chapter. It's not much longer before you've turned on all the lights and rechecked all the window locks. Few novelists warrant mention alongside Stephen King or Peter Straub. Michael Koryta, however, earns comparison to both. Dennis Lehane
  • Kortya's SO COLD THE RIVER is an example of the good-writing equals good-reading equation that makes fright-inducing fiction worthy of our time, attention, and real enjoyment. Dan Simmons, author of The Terror and Drood
  • A cataclysmic finale will put readers in mind of some of the best recent works of supernatural horror, among which this book ranks. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • So Cold the River is a great story, but what held me was the lean, clean prose and the sharp presentation of scenes and dialogue. Michael Koryta is a good story teller and a wonderful stylist. Joe R. Lansdale
  • Michael Koryta is a gifted storyteller. His writing reminded me of the great Ruth Rendell--eerie, suspenseful, and pleasantly wicked. If you're looking for a dose of Midwestern Gothic at its best, SO COLD THE RIVER will be just the thing for you. Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan and The Ruins
  • A gripping chiller that will keep them guessing - and looking under the covers - until the last page... Library Journal
  • An edgy, seat-of-your-pants thriller with a supernatural edge... Entertainment Weekly
  • A superior specimen...beautiful and resplendent. Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
  • “A man in love with the woman who shot him. Who could possibly resist that story? Not me. Read on, and discover one of the scariest and most touching horror tales in years.”

    James Patterson

  • “A freshly imagined and elegantly constructed variation on the dead-of-night ghost story…readers are swept along by Koryta’s narrative voice, which is surprisingly soft and low and poetically insinuating.”

    New York Times

  • “Here, Koryta has created a vivid world that’s hard to shake for days after the book is finished. In The Ridge, he has delivered a nuanced supernatural thriller worthy of the praise he’s received and that is surely yet to come.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A new suspense novel that’s sure to send a few unseasonable shivers down the back of your neck…In addition to being a spooky thriller, the book is about a lot of different kinds of loss and love.”


  • “Koryta matches an original and complex plot line with prose full of understated menace.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Koryta…gets deep inside the minds of his protagonists, and the story is intriguing and…spooky. It’s a good book, effectively blending crime and horror…this one will definitely cross over to fans of both genres.”


  • “Koryta delivers another supernatural thriller with punch…Part ghost story, part murder mystery, all thriller, this fast-paced and engaging read will have readers leaving the nightlight on long after they have finished the book.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Koryta] has produced a supernatural thriller that will raise goose bumps the size of golf balls.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2011 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2012 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best Hardcover Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/9/2014

    " Another winner by Michael Koryta, this is a return to the semi-magical world that I loved in some of the previous books that I have read, like my personal favorite "So Cold the River". A worthwhile read for Koryta fans! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen B | 2/6/2014

    " Maybe because I hadn't read a thriller/horror story in a long while, but I really enjoyed this book. The suspense builds slowly and the ending was satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 1/31/2014

    " 4.5 stars. Author just seems to get better and better. A lighthouse on a ridge in the middle of the forest? Why? Excellent storytelling with a supernatural touch. Excellent narration. 2012 Intntl Thriller Writers best novel nominee "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/26/2014

    " Although engrossing, it really had nothing new. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan Bellin | 1/24/2014

    " A very interesting and well written suspense. Murder mystery with a twist. The whole concept of a lighthouse in the middle of the woods is irresistible. Mashing it together with a cat sanctuary is a little strange, but somehow it all works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Kass | 1/23/2014

    " This was a quick book which really kept me engrossed. A little reminiscent of Dean Koontz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/20/2014

    " I don't usually rave about supernatural thrillers but Michael Koryta does spin a very alluring tale of mystery/horror/love "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly Elder | 12/29/2013

    " Excellent writing, fabulous character development and unexpected plot twists characterize this novel. This was a pleasant surprise and the genre blurred the lines between novel, mystery and phantasm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb-oh | 9/18/2013

    " Love, love, loved it! Micheal Koryta just knows how to write a 'ghost' story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay Delbosque | 9/4/2013

    " Now I have a new author to follow! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 8/16/2013

    " Creepy, with a twist at the end I should have seen coming, but never did. I really enjoyed this book. Great atmospheric piece to read on a dark rainy night.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/18/2013

    " This story was different, and very creepy. The suspense held nicely, and it surprised me a few times. I think the ending could have been less abrupt, but otherwise a good thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 7/18/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a true ghost story!! I can't wait to read another book by this author! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerin | 12/19/2012

    " I liked it quite a bit until it became about the devil wandering around the hills of Kentucky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate Hendrix | 10/24/2012

    " A good spooky story that starts a little slow, but picks up and ends at high speed. Not the scariest book I've ever read, but worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary A. | 8/2/2012

    " Don't read this at night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/26/2012

    " Very surprise by an author unknown to me previously! Thoroughly enjoyed his twists and turns, many unexpected! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlina | 10/19/2011

    " This was a very good and creepy book, however I found myself disappointed with the ending. It seemed like it ended too abruptly and some things weren't really resolved. But all in all out was a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Ramos | 9/1/2011

    " EPIC BOOK. It had everything that a person could ever want in one book. Action, mystery, suspense, Drama. I would read this book again if i ever had the chance. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Koryta

Michael Koryta is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels, most recently Rise the Dark. His previous novels—including Last Words, Those Who Wish Me Dead, 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. Koryta is a former private investigator and newspaper reporter. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and Camden, Maine.

About the Narrator

Robert Petkoff is an audiobook narrator who has won a prestigious Audie Award and twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards. He 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.