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Once upon a river : a novel

Author: Diane Setterfield
Publisher: New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Emily Bestler books/Atria Books hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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When the seemingly dead body of a child reanimates hours after arriving at an ancient inn on the Thames, three families try to claim her.
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Genre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction
Fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Suspense fiction
Novels
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Setterfield
ISBN: 9780743298070 0743298071 9780743298087 074329808X
OCLC Number: 1036104908
Description: 464 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Diane Setterfield.

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When the seemingly dead body of a child reanimates hours after arriving at an ancient inn on the Thames, three families try to claim her.

On a dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath, and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed. Those who dwell on the riverbank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? Three families are keen to claim her: the wealthy mother of a kidnapped daughter missing for two years; a farming family sure it is their son's secret daughter; a parson's housekeeper, reminded of her younger sister. Each family has secrets, must be revealed before the girl's identity can be known. Once Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, this novel will sweep readers away on a powerful current of storytelling, transporting them through worlds both real and imagined. -- adapted from jacket.

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