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Those Across the River: Book Review

I just finished a book that I think would go perfectly with WSL’s October theme.  Those Across the River is Christoper Buehlman’s breakout horror novel, and it is a terrifying delight.  It takes place in a sleepy Southern town with a secret that lies dormant; that is, until Frank Nichols and his soon-to-be-wife come into the picture…It doesn’t take long until something awakens.  Dark histories are uncovered.  Nobody is safe.

I don’t want to give away any secrets or spoil it, but this is perfect to get you in the mood for Halloween.  I do want you to read it, though.  So to pique your interest:

  1. There are pigs;
  2. There is intrigue;
  3. There is scandal;
  4. There is (reasonably mild but still intriguing) scintillation;
  5. “Those across the river” make other mysterious scaries seem like so many snuggly teddy bears.

Be afraid; be very afraid.

This tale will have you fearing things that go bump in the night. The suspense is agonizing, but in a good way, as it builds and builds. The language and scenery evoke an older, more primitive South. A page-turner for sure, the next thing you know you are halfway through, hours have passed, and you can’t put it down. Or go to sleep.

Keeps you guessing until the end, and beyond.

Hope you have a nightlight!

Spencer T.

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