The River King

The River King

Book - 2000
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For more than a century, the small town of Haddan, Massachusetts, has been divided. It was as if a line were drawn down the center of Main Street, separating those born and bred in the village from those who attend the prestigious Haddan School. Then an inexplicable death thrusts the two worlds together, and, as the lives of everyone involved unravel, the town's divided history is revealed.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2000
ISBN: 9780399145995
Branch Call Number: FIC HOFF
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 01, 2019

This novel was incredibly sad. It’s still a beautiful read, just not as triumphant as say, Practical Magic.

CHARTMAN3 Mar 10, 2016

If you enjoy the lyrical writing and mystical connection to nature in Hoffman's books, I recommend The Poet's Secret by Kenneth Zak. He writes with the same beautiful prose and immerses the reader into his story's beautiful setting. His poetry at the beginning of each chapter is incredible, also.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 11, 2014

Once again the master of magical realism has written a lyrical, alluring and highly suspenseful novel. A private school in a small town in Massachusetts is the setting for a story of love, murder and the scent of roses so strong it makes young girls faint.

mberk Dec 01, 2011

Rated a NY Times Bestseller - reminds me that being a best seller doesn't guarantee quality writing. The narration would shift mid-paragraph as would tenses making it hard to follow in some places. The plot was OK, but predictable and sad from start to finish - great coverage of bullying though if you're a parent or teacher.

Jul 07, 2011

Tense and riveting thriller.


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