So Cold the River

So Cold the River

Book - 2010
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It started with a beautiful woman and a challenge. As a gift for her husband, Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to make a documentary about her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose past is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job even though there are few clues to the man's past--just the name of his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life.

In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary history--a glorious domed hotel where movie stars, presidents, athletes, and mobsters once mingled, and hot springs whose miraculous mineral water cured everything from insomnia to malaria. Neglected for years, the resort has been restored to its former grandeur just in time for Eric's stay.

Just hours after his arrival, Eric experiences a frighteningly vivid vision. As the days pass, the frequency and intensity of his hallucinations increase and draw Eric deeper into the town's dark history. He discovers that something besides the hotel has been restored--a long-forgotten evil that will stop at nothing to regain its lost glory. Brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, So Cold the River is a tale of irresistible suspense with a racing, unstoppable current.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316053631
Branch Call Number: F KOR
Characteristics: 508, 7 p. ; 24 cm

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PCPL
Jun 27, 2017

Returned. Just dragged on and on.

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srkmeyer
Mar 20, 2017

Yes, the setting was cool & it could have been shorter. The suspense was o.k., but for me the supernatural stuff is just silliness. Personally, can do without it.

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rochellemc9110
Jun 12, 2013

Very interesting plot and characters. I enjoyed this book by Koryta the most out of all of his work. The locations are REAL, be sure and look up the hotels so you can appreciate the visuals!

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Pisinga
Oct 11, 2011

M. Koryta has a real talent to tell stories. The book is a good psychological mystery. But it repeats too many things, that why this book is too long. It could be shorter.

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glendamiller
Jul 31, 2011

It took me about 150 pages to really get into this book, but once I did, I was glued to it and really enjoyed it.

debwalker Jan 11, 2011

One of the best psychological suspense novels of the season. A complex story of buried evil.

Melbergo Nov 18, 2010

I definitely agree with redwallflower. The book was intriguing. I loved every minute of it. I also thought that the ending was a bit weak as well, but I was much more worried that the author would have the story end tragically, so for me, weak was ok.

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redwallflower
Sep 04, 2010

For the last 3 days, I couldn't put this book down - despite its 500+ pages in hardcover! The plot moved along well and the storyline pulled me in right from the start. I was intrigued with the original bottle of Pluto Water, its effects and its origin. I was even more intrigued with the grand hotels described in the story. The story continues to get creepier as you read along, but I don't think that it ever becomes a "thriller" or "horror" novel. My only complaint is that I found the ending a little weak, but that will not dissuade me from recommending this book to others.

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