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Super fans. Groupies. Stalkers.

These people will give anything for the idols they worship, be they rock stars, actors or authors. Or even serial killers.

Lori is just such a fanatic. Her obsession is with Edmund Cox, a man of sadistic cruelty who butchered more than 20 women. She’s gone so far as to forge a relationship with him, visiting him in prison and sending him letters on a regular basis. She will do anything to get close to him, so when he gives her a task, she eagerly accepts it.

She has no idea of the horror that awaits her.

Edmund tells her she must go to his cabin in the woods of Killen and retrieve a key to deliver to a mysterious figure known only as The River Man.

In her quest, she brings along her handicapped sister, and they journey through the deep, dark valley, beginning their trip upriver. The trip quickly becomes a surreal nightmare, one that digs up Lori’s personal demons, the ones she feels bonds her to Edmund. The river runs with flesh, the cabin is a vault of horrors, and ghostly blues music echoes through the mountains. Soon they will learn that The River Man is not quite fact or folklore, and definitely not human - at least, not anymore. And the key is just the beginning of what is required of Lori to prove she’s worthy of a madman’s love.

©2020 Kristopher Triana (P)2020 Kristopher Triana

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It was recommended. Neve again

I went off the recommendation of a tick tock member. said it was one of the scariest. story was very weak. incest is horrible but not scary as this book touched more on sex and incest. ending well, I was doing some house work at it played out that I never noticed that was the end. good thing too, I was about to stop and move on to my next book.

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Great ending

I believe that listening to this book was much better than reading it. I loved LOVED loved the voice of the story. She was calm and soothing and I loved how the narrator voiced each character.
A chic has been a penpal with a prison inmate, who sends her to meet the River Man. The majority of the story is her and her sisters journey down the river.
Some parts I found my mind drifting away when there were flashbacks. They seemed to be too long and not advance the story much other than in character development. The ending was very satisfying, which is something I rarely say about books.

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Could have used an extra round of editing for manuscript and audio

A decent horror offering. I enjoyed the creepy bits. The narrator had some distracting pronunciation errors (wane vs. wan, bass vs. bass, etc.), and the book itself had some equally distracting word usage issues. The overall presentation wasn’t really up to the standard I expect from Tor, but I enjoyed it.

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Like a car crash i couldn’t stop watching

once I started this book, I couldn’t stop. I listened every time I got in my car or started doing the dishes, I thought about it before bed, I thought about it when I got up, I finished it in a day and a half because I was obsessed. creepy gory disturbed. some of the imagery and figurative language is a bit tacky, but overall a great story

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I don't know what the fuss is about

The performance is not good. she mispronounces a lot of words and it drove me crazy.
The story itself is shocking. yeah, at times, because incest is always shocking, but it's not scary and it's not well-written. well-written. Don't waste your time. I feel like a 17-year-old high school kid wrote this for shock value for an English class. I found myself in the second hour. just wanted it to be over. I finished it because it was only 5 hours and some change.

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Not for me

Big horror fan here; this book didn’t do it for me. All the characters are completely sordid and f***ed up, so there’s no pathos to the inevitable fate of our protagonist. It felt like a novel that starts out troubling and just gets worse. If you’re looking for a novel that will leave you in awe of the spectacle of human wrongdoing, then you might like this novel. It’s a short read with the worst of the worst, running the gambit from serial rape and murder to sibling incest. It wasn’t for me.

I also found the use of a character with a mental disability to be problematic in its portrayal. It seems like the character’s “simple” qualities are often used to illicit discomfort or fear, and I found that kind of gross, to be honest. It’s troubling to still see disability being used as a plot device to add “horror” to the events within; it’s a lazy device at best and extremely ableist as a trope.

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Suspenseful Thriller Full of Shocking Reveals

GONE TO SEE THE RIVER MAN was an excellent read that was full of twists and reveals that continued to shock me. I absolutely love a story that has twists that I do not see coming and this story does exactly that. Combine excellent characterization, a great story with professional narration and this one is among my favorites of 2020.

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If nothing else, listen to this for the narration.

The beginning of this is a bit of a slog. Obviously the author needs to build some background for these characters but it took a bit longer than I'd like to get the core narrative started. The core of the story, the traveling across the river, included a lot of southern Gothic and wive's tale aspects that I really loved. I appreciated the dreamlike aspects of the climax. However, I found the ending to be a little lackluster, if not realistic. I was just hoping for something a bit more from a story with so many interesting fantastical elements. I wasn't too disappointed by it, though, since the main character got at least some of her comeuppance.

That said, I LOVED the narrator. Dani George gave her heart and soul into the narration of this and it shows. There were a few word mispronunciations here and there but they were easy for me to ignore given the overall performance. The main character sounds just as cold and unfeeling in the recording as she does on paper. Her... complicated love interest sounds as gut churningly sinister as he should. Most importantly, I found that she was able to narrate a character with mental disabilities very adeptly without making it into a caricature. I enjoyed the experience overall, but definitely wouldn't have finished it had it been narrated by anyone else.

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Ummmm....

The writing on this was fantastic... the story itself though was dark and twisted, the narrator was great.
I literally just finished it and I'm sitting here pondering Why I just listened to this twisted story.... but it was good... being a writer myself I'm like damn.... I wish I was that good.

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I’ve never been so annoyed

Abby is read in the most annoying baby voice the story takes forever to get anywhere. I’ve never wanted a character to die faster than with Abby. Every time that baby voice started it was instant rage and the amount of times “sissy” was used as her way to address Lori (her sister) was so goddamn unnecessary. It’s a no for me.

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  • theparabola
  • 03-10-22

Boring, really.

Here's the thing...I wanted it dark, twisted. And this just wasn't it.

I thought the setting could save it; deep forests with oldie blues overtones that, in other works (namely, Christopher Buehlman's Those Across the River) are written far better than here.

Every character here is boring and none of the relationships (which are the principle drivers of the story) are adequately explored, with the author obviously lacking the research to write the characters at all believably.

We are bombarded with a romanticised depiction of a person with a brain injury, all cute childishness and blind loyalty, without as much of a hint at the grim reality of caring for an adult with those difficulties.

The narrator was a poor choice for this tale. Not only were there several mispronunciations (something I just cannot abide) but there was a complete lack of understanding for the setting. I felt like I was listening to the latest Rizzoli & Isles installment, with the narrator missing every opportunity for slow-burn tensions and subtle eeriness. Each character voiced unconvincingly to the point the story lost all credibility as a horror.

All in all a disappointment.

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  • A customer
  • 11-17-21

deeply disturbing but I couldn't put it down

make sure you are ready for what lies ahead when reading this. it's disturbing and will make your skin crawl.

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  • 09-22-22

not worth it

saw great reviews for this online but the storyline seemed a bit half baked, and quite rushed towards the end- really disappointed

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  • christian carroll
  • 08-18-22

wonderfully disturbing

some great twists brilliant book and well read,

really enjoyed and would recommend probably my second favourite book at the moment just behind 'Tender is the flesh' look forward to reading or listening to other books by this author

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  • Bribase
  • 07-10-22

Effective, haunting and engrossing

By about half-way through I was absolutely hooked. Although the ending doesn't resolve the story as satisfyingly as I would have wanted, it's still well worth the listen.

Overall I liked the performance, especially Abby's voice. A couple of mispronounciations in places but few enough to not bother me much.

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  • naomi jones
  • 04-17-22

Best keep the lights on

This one stays with you long after the last words are spoken and the sound fades

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  • Julie O'Dell
  • 08-29-22

WOW

I couldn't stop listening with this book. The narrator was great to listen to and the story WOW WOW, very disturbing at times. This book gives me that feels of after you've watched a great TV series and you then don't know what to follow with because it won't be as good.

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