BOOK REVIEW: The River King by Alice Hoffman

Riverking Like Diane, I loved The Ice Queen. The River King is an older Alice Hoffman book and it's just as good.

The story centres on an elite private boarding school built on the banks of the Haddan River, Massachusetts. For more than a century, the small town of Haddan has been divided; those born and bred in the town on one side, and those attending the school on the other.

Then, one winter's night, a student of the school is found drowned in the river and the two worlds collide.

Hoffman's prose is spell-binding, and she describes a gothic, haunted world that is like our own, but seems timeless.

Her characters are mesmerising, too. From the ill-fated student and school misfit, August Pierce and his only friend Carlin Leander, to Abel Grey, the police officer who refuses to let Haddan history - and the school's power - maintain silence.

The plot builds into a murder mystery intertwined with a love story. And there's a ghost, too. It is the mark of a truly great writer that these elements seem utterly at home together.

The River King is Hoffman at her very best: atmospheric and lyrical prose, layered with magic and passion and mystery.

Like this? Try: The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman.

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