Alison Layland – Riverflow : Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis – “After a beloved family member is drowned in a devastating flood, Bede and Elin Sherwell want nothing more than to be left in peace to pursue their off-grid life. But when the very real prospect of fracking hits their village, they are drawn to the front line of the protests. During a spring of relentless rain, a series of mysterious threats and suspicious accidents put friendships on the line, and the Sherwells’ marriage under unbearable tension. Is there a connection with their uncles death? As the river rises in torrential rain, pressure mounts, Bede’s sense of self begins to crumble, and Elin is no longer sure who to believe or what to believe in.”

Genre – Contemporary / Thriller 

Quote That Stood Out Most – “Narrowed eyes regarded him steadily: you know  perfectly well on both counts. And I know that you know … Layers of knowing like the infinity of mutually reflecting mirrors.”

Spoiler free review – Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to @damppebbles blog tours, Alison Layland and Honno Press for allowing me to be apart of this tour. As soon as I read the synopsis to this book I was VERY excited. I mean, all that drama mixed in with crazy weather conditions? Yes please. 

When I first started this book, it did take me a while to actually ‘get into’ the book. I found the beginning a little slow for my pace of reading HOWEVER it soon picks up pace and dives right into the drama. 

There’s so much going on in this story and it feels so real. Flooding is something that is happening every year, worse and worse, which makes this story even more intriguing.  When I got to about a quarter of the way through, I literally couldn’t put this book down.

I loved that the chapters actually had names rather than numbers, I didn’t realise that this is something that nearly always gets over looked now but it made me even more curious. I would literally finish a chapter, read the next chapter title and HAVE to carry on. 

The characters in this story were very well portrayed and extremely interesting. It was amazing to slowly see the charters unraveling ad see who they really are. 

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. It lost one star for the simple fact that I did have to push my self through those first few chapters, but from then on I couldn’t stop! Highly recommend this for anyone that likes a book full of drama. 


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