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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (98 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tricia Wastvedt Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455182220
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 2/23/2013

    " Picked it up in the airport. Pretty run of the mill... kept my interest for the trip, but the characters were not particularly realistic or gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 11/22/2012

    " This was a page turner! The loss of 2 children in a tragic drowning affects the members of a small community in different ways. Each new character she introduces is subtly connected to each other and adds to the suspense of the story- I was very surprised at the ending she chose! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esther | 8/23/2012

    " Overall I liked the book but I didn't really get the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzi | 6/16/2012

    " There were a lot of characters to keep straight - but I liked it pretty well "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jynx | 6/13/2012

    " Didn't make much of an impression! I stopped reading it over Xmas/New Year & when I picked it up again I couldn't even remember what it was about. Didn't bother trying to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 4/17/2012

    " This book was tragic yet beautifully written. The visual images it created burned into my head. I would highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Johnson | 5/11/2011

    " Another page turner, absolute thriller and I am very pleased to say, I was surprised. I can often guess what happens next, but this one had some great twists and turns all the way through. You don't realise how dark it is until you finish it. Excellent book, would highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 5/6/2011

    " Really enjoyed the writing and the story was beautifully done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 4/7/2011

    " Lots of characters to keep up with, but the ending is a bit of a surprise. Interesting story to see how intertwined everyone is in a small village in England. The book goes faster after you overcome the first few chapters of being introduced to all of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 2/17/2011

    " Story about a drama that happened 30 years ago, with lines going back and forth in time. The drama, children drown in the river, influences on many lives. The end is quite awful, far from a happy end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/22/2010

    " This story had lots of history that kept running into the current story line. The characters turned up in a variety of ways and so I was constantly having to rebuild my image of who they were, their motives and the complexity of their lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 11/11/2010

    " Lots of characters. Ending that didn't make sense. Not a book I'd recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 10/28/2010

    " Didn't get on with this - very slow and quite dull. Not what I expected - disappointing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 3/14/2010

    " Another page turner, absolute thriller and I am very pleased to say, I was surprised. I can often guess what happens next, but this one had some great twists and turns all the way through. You don't realise how dark it is until you finish it. Excellent book, would highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzi | 8/12/2009

    " There were a lot of characters to keep straight - but I liked it pretty well "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 7/28/2009

    " This was a page turner! The loss of 2 children in a tragic drowning affects the members of a small community in different ways. Each new character she introduces is subtly connected to each other and adds to the suspense of the story- I was very surprised at the ending she chose! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jynx | 12/28/2008

    " Didn't make much of an impression! I stopped reading it over Xmas/New Year & when I picked it up again I couldn't even remember what it was about. Didn't bother trying to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 10/13/2008

    " Lots of characters to keep up with, but the ending is a bit of a surprise. Interesting story to see how intertwined everyone is in a small village in England. The book goes faster after you overcome the first few chapters of being introduced to all of the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 9/6/2008

    " Picked it up in the airport. Pretty run of the mill... kept my interest for the trip, but the characters were not particularly realistic or gripping. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 8/28/2008

    " Lots of characters. Ending that didn't make sense. Not a book I'd recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 8/3/2008

    " This book was tragic yet beautifully written. The visual images it created burned into my head. I would highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 3/9/2008

    " This story had lots of history that kept running into the current story line. The characters turned up in a variety of ways and so I was constantly having to rebuild my image of who they were, their motives and the complexity of their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Insidemyshell | 7/24/2007

    " Overall I liked the book but I didn't really get the ending. "

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About the Author

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

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.