My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
This book deals with emotional trauma from a "bracing up to revisit the past" angle. Bessie, a victim of a brutal rape deals with her demons from the past, when she was a beautiful teenager, the envy of many. Being raped left her shattered. Now, 60 years old, she encounters people from her past again. The river here plays an important role - an abstract form of deep, deadly and buried secrets. The support characters, including Bessie's mom, Grey, the dunce of the town and Maggie, his wife, and Lily, Bessie's friend from high school. Bessie also had two ardent suitors - brothers Bart and Roland. One of these suite of people seems to be holding a secret - did one of them know about Bessie's rape, and if they did, why did they keep silent about it, is what the book helps us know, as Bessie unravels the happenings of her past.
The book has a promising premise and plot - but the narrative is at times caught between developing the plot and delving into the characters, that it ends losing momentum. Had the pace been a tad more brisk, the book would have been a much better read. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the author's command of the language and enjoyed reading the book.
I recommend it to lovers of thriller - drama hybrids.
My rating for this book: 3 stars
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