"Once Upon a River is a delight, just marvelous. I devoured it in gulps."--Jo Baker, internationally bestselling author of LONGBOURN
"Once Upon A River succeeds in doing what you hope every book will do - pull you in from the first page, hold you captive in the middle, then leave you satisfied and thoughtful at the end. I loved it."--Renee Knight, critically-acclaimed author of DISCLAIMER
"Diane Setterfield has created a true reading experience. Once Upon a River is the story of three missing girls and three desperate families all set against the Thames and woven together with magic, mystery, and mayhem. It is beautiful and heartbreaking and altogether wondrous. Simply put, it is a joy to read."--Ariel Lawhon, author of I WAS ANASTASIA
"Setterfield fills this richly layered plot with a fascinating cast of memorable characters who weave in and out of each other's lives."--Booklist
"The heart of the story are the relationships that twist and turn, as if they also follow the river."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Setterfield masterfully assembles an ensemble of wounded, vulnerable characters who, nevertheless, live by the slimmest margins of hope--hope that springs from family, from the search for meaning, from people's decency to strangers, from the belief that truth heals and sets one free . . . Celebrates the timeless secrets of life, death and imagination--and the enduring power of words. Fans, rejoice!"--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"This probing inquiry into human nature is also spooky fun."--Vulture, "6 New Books You Should Read This December"
"This enchanting book from the author of The Thirteenth Tale is filled with folklore, romance, suspense."--Bustle, "The 8 Best Fiction Books Coming Out In December 2018"
"A mosaic of modern folklore."--InStyle
'Infused with the spirit of Jane Eyre, Rebecca and The Woman in White' - Independent
'I was completely spellbound' - Ruth Hogan
'A delight...I devoured it' - Jo Baker
'Truly extraordinary' - Dinah Jeffries
Some say the river drowned her...Some say it brought her back to life
On 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 and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child.
Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.
Is it a miracle?
Is it magic?
And who does the little girl belong to?
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.
"Diane's masterful storytelling draws you in to a beguiling tale, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and just as rich and intriguing." (M L Stedman, bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans)
“Swift and entrancing, profound and beautiful. Give yourself a treat and read it!" (Madeline Miller, Orange Prize-winning author of The Song of Achilles and Circe)