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Sunday, 16 December 2018

#BlogTour Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield #BookReview #RandomThingsTours

An honour to be the latest stop on this wonderful Blog Tour today - my thanks to the author, publisher and Anne of Random Things Tours for letting me be part of it all and to share my review on this stunning story!

About the book

* Hardcover: 432 pages
* Publisher: Doubleday (24 Jan. 2019)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0857525654
* ISBN-13: 978-0857525659


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? An exquisitely crafted multi-layered mystery brimming 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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Diane Setterfield’s bestselling novel, The Thirteenth Tale was published in 38 countries, sold more than three million copies, and was made into a television drama scripted by Christopher Hampton, starring Olivia Colman and Vanessa Redgrave. Her second novel was Bellman & Black, and her new novel is Once Upon a River. Born in rural Berkshire, she now lives near Oxford, by the Thames.

Twitter : @DianeSetterfie1
Author Page on Facebook


I found this to be an entrancing piece of storytelling.  With The Thirteenth Tale still fresh in mind, despite having read it so long ago, I was wondering how this story would play out! But the art of wonderful storytelling is still alive and kicking and mixes folklore and tragedy with such ease that you are just left wanting more!

It's a meandering tale set against the backdrop of The Thames.  When a child is found drowned in the river and brought back to The Swan Inn, those who are there telling stories are about to witness something stranger than any of their tales and it leads them to question everything.  And then the identity of the miracle child is then to put to the test with a number of families claiming her as theirs and as you follow their stories and backgrounds, the spellbinding mystery weaves its' web far and wide and I found myself completely transported to a different time and place and under the spell of this little girl, just like everyone in this book seems to be.

There are a number of dark twists which really added an edge to the storyline, and the huge variety of characters were a delight to get to know and follow their journeys.  The River itself seems like a character in its' own right and comes to mean so much throughout as no matter what happened to the characters, things always seem to come back to the Thames.

I loved this from start to finish and it had a little bit of everything in to keep me second guessing where the story would lead to next.  Wonderful!!


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