Those Across the River

Those Across the River

eBook - 2011
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A man must confront a terrifying evil in this captivating debut horror novel that's "as much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz."*
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....
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

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Alpha_zzz
Aug 01, 2020

The author seemed obsessed with the human body and sex. Dora and Frank were engaged in sex - lots and lots. Then there was a lot of description about how they sweated. Uh, once is enough to figure out it’s hot without reading about where every perspiration drop rested.

I found the book rather crude, so I skipped several pages and discovered I hadn’t missed many details. Got to the end and was equally as disappointed in it.

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lstone10
Jun 07, 2019

Extremely well written, although I was a bit disappointed by the lack of creativity for the actual threat they meet.

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BOortwyn
Feb 17, 2019

Great book. I floated through the first fifty pages or so, but by the middle, this book had a hold on me. It was gripping. Awesome imagery. I really enjoyed this tale.

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WoodneathTaylor
Jun 24, 2018

This book was super atmospheric- but the perfect amount of it. In the past when I've read gothic anything- I am bored to tears by too many descriptions of architecture and linen. Definitely not the case with this one. The writing was lyrical, beautiful and didn't focus too much outside of the dialogue and plot movement.

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shadowfattynova
Jul 11, 2017

Loved this book. Could not put it down. Suspenseful and well written with just enough twists to make it unpredictable .

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DeltaQueen50
Oct 29, 2015

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman was for me, a great Halloween read. It was atmospheric, had some truly terrifying moments and was well written. Set in the Depression years of the early 1930s, the setting had an authentic Southern small town feel. The suspense built slowly, but like a pot slowly bubbling away on a back burner, the reader knew the boiling point was coming.

And when the action comes it is full out and the contrast from the slow, sleepy beginning to the violence and terror is intense. Yes, there is gore and brutality aplenty, but there is also a haunting sadness to this story that is told in such a lyrical manner that Those Across the River will long be remembered.

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gusmcrae
Mar 26, 2015

Really creepy novel that grabbed me in from the start. It was a good read from the beginning and then about 100 pages in came one of the scariest scenes I've read in awhile. And it just kept building from there. I'm often let down by the horror novels I pick up (many are so ambiguous I have a hard time following), but not this one. Great characters (kind of makes me think of Deliverance) and a wonderfully, spooky setting.

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MillardMari
May 01, 2014

This will creep up on you; be prepared to enjoy and run! It is horrific and apparently being made into a movie.

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finn75
May 27, 2013

A really great tale that sends chills down your back! Creepy!

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welcha1
May 09, 2013

Listened to the audio version - very well read - suspenseful and exciting. A good listen for sure!

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