Once Upon A River (eARC review)

Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

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Source: NetGalley

Publisher: Random House UK, Transworld Publishers, Doubleday

Genres: Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery

Publication Date: 17th January 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

“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?

Replete 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

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My Thoughts & Review

I know this book has been out for a few months now but I’m so behind on my NetGalley reads that I’ve only just managed to get around to this one.

Ok so having read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfields and having really enjoyed it I was really looking forward to reading this one.

The opening chapters were so exciting and thrilling, but then everything started to get confusing with the backstories and ended up having to re-read sections to get my head around to what was happening. This is turn slowed down me down and at times I was ready to give up on the book altogether. But, I’m so glad I didn’t as by the end I really got into it and it all came together nicely and finally all made sense.

This book is elegantly written and has some beautiful descriptions but I personally thought it was a little too long and a bit long winded in some places. Also, there are quite a lot of characters in this book and I couldn’t quite remember who was who and felt I had to concentrate quite a bit while reading about them. But having said that I found them all very interesting. I found them to be unique and I liked how Setterfield cleverly made them seem like they were all intertwined with each other.

Overall a slow burner of a read that I did eventually finished after a week of struggle. But in the end a book I did enjoy, just not as much as The Thirteenth Tale. However, a book I would recommend.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher’s Random House UK, Transworld Publishers, Doubleday for providing me with a copy of my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.

My Rating


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One comment

  1. Ah it’s always so difficult when authors introduce too many characters when the pace doesn’t speed up! I’m glad to see that you found it interesting, I have also had my eye on this book for some time but I will for sure bear in mind your thoughts when I get round to reading it!

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