- Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (June 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316053627
- ISBN-13: 978-0316053624
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 242 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So Cold the River Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2012
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"An icy, terrifying winner."―Dennis Lehane
"Creepy. . . . Michael Koryta swigs from the fount of Stephen King with So Cold the River."―Entertainment Weekly
"This book builds like a summer storm. . . . So Cold the River is guaranteed to put the cold finger down your spine."―Michael Connelly
"A chilling supernatural tale. . . . Michael Koryta's novel is being compared to the writings of Stephen King and Peter Straub. He lives up to the comparison in this dark novel."―Carol Memmott, USA Today
About the Author
Michael Koryta (pronounced ko-ree-ta) is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, most recently THE PROPHET. His last three novels, THE RIDGE, THE CYPRESS HOUSE, and SO COLD THE RIVER were all New York Times notable books and nominated for several national and international awards. In addition to winning the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, his novel ENVY THE NIGHT was selected as a Reader's Digest condensed book. Koryta's work has been translated into more than twenty languages. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice. He currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana.
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The book has two timeframes -- 1) modern times and 2) the 1920's. The modern story revolves around Eric Shaw who is on a project to create a film about the area and a mysterious person named Campbell Bradshaw. The 1920's story revolves around Campbell. There is a "Lost River" that flows through two cities and a valley in Indiana, and it is the source for intrigue, mineral water, mystery, and mayhem as Eric soon finds out.
I felt a little short-changed as we learned a lot about the 1920's Campbell, but we learned very little of the modern Campbell. Without spoiling the story, I'll just say a more complete understanding of the modern Campbell would have been nice to include in the main story or at least the Prologue.
!! Warning !! There is some profanity in the book, but it isn't overdone. It seems inline with the characters, and it wasn't overly used. There is also some physical violence, but I didn't feel like it was too graphic or frequent.
The various characters' opinions and actions weren't explored in enough detail to be believable. For instance, we could have used a more in-depth self-analysis on why he single-handedly self-destructed his marriage. And why on earth does he hold such a grudge against his father-in-law, apparently simply due to jealousy over success? Who really cares about a main character that petty?
Best character was Ann; best parts of the plot were focused on the the bottle itself.