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Those Across the River Paperback – 28 January 2020
|Paperback, 28 January 2020|| |
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Haunted by memories of the Great War, failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family’s old estate—the Savoyard Plantation—and the horrors that occurred there. At first their new life seems to be everything they wanted. But under the facade of summer socials and small-town charm, there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.
It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of the Savoyard Plantation still stand. Where a long-smoldering debt of blood has never been forgotten.
Where it has been waiting for Frank Nichols....
One of Publishers Weekly’s Top-Ten SF, Fantasy & Horror Novels
A World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
“One of the best first novels I’ve ever read.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“What a treat. Terrible and beautiful. As much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz. A graceful, horrific read.”—*Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Wonderfully eerie from start to finish—a novel sure to enthrall readers of all stripes.”—Grant Blackwood, New York Times bestselling author
“An unsettling brew of growing menace spiked with flashes of genuine terror—do not miss this chilling debut. Christopher Buehlman is a writer to watch. I look forward to hearing from him again. And soon.” —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author
“Lures you into a different era, seduces you with eloquent prose and sensual period details, then clamps down on your jugular…An outstanding debut.”—Hank Schwaeble, Bram Stoker Award-winning author
“Beautifully written...with a cast of Southern characters so real you can almost see the sweat roll down the page. The ending is exceedingly clever.”—Boston Herald
“Buehlman’s lyrical prose vividly captures a landscape made familiar by William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. A delightfully genre-bending juxtaposition of supernatural horror and gothic drama.”—California Literary Review
“A horror story that manages just the right balance between building dread and suspense and delivering action.”—The A.V. Club
“Sublimely crafted...It is clear that Mr. Buehlman brings his poetic background to bear in creating the rhythm and meter of the story...A well-crafted novel that is a pleasure to read.”—New York Journal of Books
“[A] masterful debut novel…Buehlman's prose is moody and lush…[A] spellbinding tale of terror…Those Across the River is filled with cowardice and bravery, foolishness and wisdom, grief and grace, and, alas, helplessness and beauty. Buehlman has written one of the best books of the year.”—Shelf Awareness
“Buehlman delivers a creepy, suspenseful, and well-crafted debut set in post-Depression era South. The action begins early and never lets up. Recommended for horror fans and those willing to be scared enough to want to stay out of the woods.”—Library Journal
“In its unnerving depiction of small-town creepiness and heathen savagery, this surefooted debuut resembles nothing more than Thomas Tryon’s Harvest Home...Viscerally upsetting...This is lusty, snappy writing, and horror fans will eat it up (or vice versa).”—Booklist
“Buehlman packs suspense and secrets into his debut nove...Keep[s] readers on their toes right up until the big reveal.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fans of novels like Salem’s Lot or classic radio dramas will find this story impossible to put down...[It] feels completely fantastical by our rational minds but believable by our deepest fears.”—Suspense Magazine
About the Author
- Publisher : Berkley; Reissue edition (28 January 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593198050
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593198056
- Item Weight : 335 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.34 x 21.01 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To tell much more of the plot would give away the final third of the book. The first two thirds is a real slow burner of a novel with not much happening, especially in the first half. The narrative keeps you reading though and the foreshadowing used works well when there isn't much happening. Its well written for a horror novel. When the action begins its very readable and I ripped through the final quarter of this book very quickly as I wanted to read how it turned out. It doesn't pull its punches and really keeps a fast pace when the action does happen. However, it is a slight disappointment that 'those across the river' are actually a fairly standard horror fayre rather than a new creation. It is good that horror's stock villains are written this well and in this way but I somehow expected something new or a twist. The ending may not please all but I liked the final passage and its open ended finish.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I was expecting something original and felt slightly let down when it wasn't. That said its slow burning approach and being set in the 30's helped to give it a different feel. I would recommend to horror fans and those who enjoy period Americana. If you can keep reading through the slow first hundred pages then you have a very enjoyable novel.
The main problem with this book, to me, is that it is very promising; it starts with very good expectations and then, it comes to nearly nothing.
It has a very original premiss, but then it fails to accomplish it.
First of all, there is the use of language. Language is the prime matter of a novel, if that fails, there can be no proper building of a literary work. And in this novel there is a mix of clearly overdone passages with others where there is much profanity. Profanity, in the correct context, adds to the value of a written piece, but in this novel it looks like the author is trying to be modern just by using bad words. This is something which I also found in «The Time Traveler's Wife» by Audrey Niffenegger, like: «Hey I use a lot of c**t and f**k, how modern I am!». In the same line I should say that most sex scenes seemed quite gratuitous to me, and inserted there to make the work more modern and audacious (failing at both). Although the gory scenes were better embedded -if slightly overdone-.
Following up, the main characters fail to cause any kind of empathy, so at the end of the novel I really did not care what happened to them. Well-built characters have to cause some reaction, whether good or bad. In this novel, they are very plain and lack internal logic. Their characterisation is very thin. Therefore, you finish up reading about people you do not really care about.
On the other hand, the building up of the climax, the creepy elements, the decaying atmosphere is very well written. Sometimes it is reminiscent of «Southern prose» like «Fried Green Tomatoes» or «Ya-ya Sisterhood», but, as I said, it fails to bloom miserably. Also, the treatment of the supernatural element is original and very well chosen. Refreshing after so many vampire novels.
In conclusion, I enjoyed reading the book in spite of it flaws. But I will not read it again; I gave it to a friend. It is a book I would recommend to borrow at a library or get the e-book version if that is cheap enough in your country. For a more rounded off read I would advise you to try Sarah Waters or Susan Hill.
Frank, der Ich-Erzähler von THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER, ist eine sehr sympathische Hauptfigur. Er ist von seinen Erlebnissen im Ersten Weltkrieg immer noch gezeichnet und hofft zusammen mit seiner Geliebten Eudora in Georgia ein neues Kapitel in seinem Leben aufzuschlagen.
Die Nebenfiguren in THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER gefallen mir ebenfalls, besonders Eudora, die eine erfrischende Beziehung zu Frank hat. Auch die Stadtbewohner haben mich überzeugt. Hier hat mir der geheimnisvolle Martin Cranmer am besten gefallen, der mehr über die Vorgänge im Wald zu wissen scheint, als er zugeben will.
Die Handlung von THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER hat mir im Großen und Ganzen gut gefallen. Christopher Buehlman schafft eine unheimliche und bedrückende Stimmung und die Bedrohung durch den Wald ist überzeugend dargestellt. Ich muss allerdings sagen, dass mich die Identität der Heimsuchungen aus dem Wald etwas enttäuscht hat, und auch das Ende des Romans hat sich für mich etwas überstürzt angefühlt, aber insgesamt bin ich durchaus zufrieden.
THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER ist stimmungsvoller Horror der alten Schule. Christopher Buehlman erfindet hier das Rad nicht neu, aber er kann unterhalten. Empfehlenswert!