So, today is my stop on the blog tour for Riverflow by Alison Layland which was published on the 20th June.
Let’s get started…
After a beloved family member is drowned in a devastating flood, Bede and Elin Sherwell want nothing more than to be left in peace to pursue their off-grid life. But when the very real prospect of fracking hits their village, they are drawn in to the frontline protests. During a spring of relentless rain, a series of mysterious threats and suspicious accidents put friendships on the line and the Sherwells’ marriage under unbearable tension. Is there a connection with their uncle’s death? As the river rises under torrential rain, pressure mounts, Bede’s sense of self begins to crumble and Elin is no longer sure who to believe or what to believe in.
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First of all, thank you to Emma from Damp Pebbles for inviting me on this blog tour.
I’ve never read a book based so much on the environment and the destruction we are causing, I did learn about fracking and how small protests can create little victories. It highlights serious environmental issues which I wouldn’t normally come across in books which I really appreciate.
I felt very connected to Elin, more so than to Bede as I felt that he was very reserved, the side characters added depth to the story as well, especially Tamsin, seeing her willingness to help her neighbours even when it wasn’t necessary. I also enjoyed the old diary entries and finding out more about Joe’s earlier life. This book is very slow paced and unfortunately that is not what I enjoy in my books.
Overall, the writing in Riverflow is beautiful and the twist at the end was shocking! So, I’m giving it 3 and a half cups of coffee out of 5!
Who is Alison Layland?
Alison Layland is a writer and translator. Raised in Newark and Bradford, she now lives on the Wales/Shropshire border. She studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University and translates from German, French and Welsh into English. Her published translations include a number of bestselling novels.
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