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Despite a rhyme about a river man being quoted at the beginning of the book, I was expecting an association with Gary Ridgway, aka, The Green River Killer of Washington. After all, there was Edmund Cox in the blurb too, a convicted serial killer with whom Lori is obsessed. However, this book is beyond mundane stuff like jailed serial killers and their fandom (it's Kristopher Triana writing it after all). It's more about freely roaming people who live amongst us as our near and dear ones and do worse things than ripping someone apart. They give in to their jealousy and insecurity and rip apart souls with weapons that you can't see. They destroy lives and even send their unsuspecting victims to lifelong incarceration in the prison-cell of their bodies, thus making instant death a much better proposition. That's our Lori, the fan girl, the uncaught, unidentified slasher and destroyer of lives who sets out on a journey to deliver a key to the mysterious River Man, her child-brained sister Abby tagging along with the aid of her crutches.
There isn't a dull moment in the book. When the story isn't moving, it's the beautiful prose that keeps you engaged, shrouding the girl travellers in the charged and ominous setting of a trail along a river where every character they meet could be a devil in disguise. There are flashes from Lori's past that first flesh her out, then dissect her, often hitting you in the face with a handful of guts. The story segues from the hellbound journey to a maelstrom of surrealism, leaving you breathless and awed as you near the end. Great stuff.
I wasnt sure what to expect from this as the synopsis only tells part of the story...but wow, just wow. This is truly a dark tale of someone who will do anything for their own greed. I feel it also shows the reader a bigger story of how hatred can eat you up and burn people around you (not literally!).
Excellently written. Very visual but not overly so, i had a clear image in my head of the happenings (where's that MiB pen to erase my memory!) but they didnt bog down or hamper the story being told.
Do yourself a favour and dive into the river that is this tale. But don't look to hard, you may see The River Man.
Just this second finished reading and oh my god I absolutely loved it! It was the perfect mix between disturbing themes, horror, vivid unsettling imagery and an incredibly interesting story. I read it over two sittings and when I wasn’t reading it, I found myself thinking about it! Kept me guessing throughout, enjoyed every second of this read. Reminded me a lot of the series The Haunting of Hill House in terms of imagery and descriptions. The story made me think I was experiencing a nightmare and I couldn’t have loved it more.
Wow! What a ride! I read it in 2 sittings, but only because I had to go to bed not long after starting it! Atmospheric, creepy and brutal, this kept me hooked from the word go and gave me goosebumps throughout! Triana is for sure one of my fave new authors.....on to the next 🖤
Although this was so well written it's tone is a bit depressing and I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted too maybe it was my frame of mind. I'm not a big fan of metaphors in books if that was what was intended with this but it is a solid read my score is 3 1/2 but not enough to score a 4 IMO.
Not impressed- started off really well and I did like Lori’s back story however I began to find her annoying with her fantasies about serial killers. Book ran out of steam as it felt repetitive and not suspenseful at all. Only gave one star because the first few chapters were interesting
It’s hard to describe this book there are definitely definitely mature themes and I like the twist at the end and I absolutely loved it if you are a horror book fan and you don’t mind a bit of mature themes and then I would definitely definitely recommend this book.