Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman sees Frank Nichols and his wife Eudora arrive in a sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow to write a book about his ancestors but just like his relationship with his wife not all is as it seems in this town. Can he get his book written or will events unfold to stop him?
Those Across the River was an enjoyable read with some twist and turns. The strong characters and changes or chain of events that took place in the story left me unsure where the story was going next and did a good job of building suspense and intrigue even though at times it did feel that content wasn’t needed or was questionable.
The negatives to Those Across the River for me was the concentration on Frank and Eudora’s sex life. In one of these scenes we find out how they got together and the couples back story and that worked for me but there were a few times in the book where yes it brought them closer together and showed how loving their relationship was but at the same time I was asking myself was that needed? The other thing I struggled with is the way one character was described I felt like it was a little inappropriate to have a child with no pants on. While I guess it added more to that character and had you asking questions about him I felt that it could have been done a different way.
The positives, however, is that even though the book is slow-paced, to begin with, it builds up the characters and your understanding of the world Frank lives in. How he is still having nightmares from World War 1 along with the want to find out more about his families past was well put together even though he was under no illusion it would be a good experience. Along with the character development, the story just kept evolving in such a way that it was hard to know where it was going to go next. So for horror, it really couldn’t have done any better because it was giving options and building suspense. After all, it was unknown what was going to be next.
Overall I gave Those Across the River a 3/5 on Goodreads, to begin with, because while I enjoyed the read and for the second half the book couldn’t put it down. I struggled to get passed some of the content and how long the story took to get going. However, after reflection, I changed it to 4/5 because I realised that I did enjoy it, and felt the book was well written and I wouldn’t be opposed to reading more by Christopher Buehlman.
Just be aware that this book does contain:
- Scenes of a Sexual Nature
- Slavery References