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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 Readin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Suzi | 6/16/2012

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

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About the Author

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