The Bank of the River tells the tale of Steven, a no nonsense man at a loose end due to loosing his job shortly after purchasing and moving into his new home. Unfortunately his quiet sabbatical is rudely disturbed by a series of paranormal events in the house he recently purchased. A skeptic for his life thus far, Steve believes that the occurrences must be in his head. Worry leads him to confide in his father, Roy. But Roy has secrets of his own, a family legacy of secrets. Together they start a journey more dangerous than they both anticipated.
When I first started reading The Bank of the River I was genuinely concerned about the quality of writing that was going to be displayed in this book. A substantial improvement occurred quickly. I would suggest that the first couple of pages could do with a rewrite to bring it up to the same level as the rest of the book. It also helped that the story became interesting very quickly. On the face of it this book could easily be shelved as another haunted house tale, but it really is much more.
Throughout The Bank of the River I can see where the author has taken ideas from other books and TV. In fact, on some level it really does remind me of Supernatural. I don’t have any problems with that as Supernatural has long been a favourite TV show of mine.
One of the great result of the rise of ebooks, for prolific readers like myself, is the huge increase in the number of books published. It has also allowed more niche genres to be opened up to new readers. Importantly, I have found that now we are seeing book series that span a large number of books, creating a book series similar to TV seasons. I am huge fan of this new way of publishing, it allows the reader to regularly “keep up” with what is happening. I find this allows for variety in the reading pile.
The Bank of the River is part of an 11 book series currently. Great news as the book was an enjoyable short read. My plan is to continue reading this series as I am intrigued as to what will happen next. Expect to see further reviews of this series over the coming weeks. Interestingly the author has other series that all link together, the Dark River Universe. Plenty to keep me reading! 4 haunted stars.
*****Disclaimer – I purchased this book. This is my honest review****