Down River – Book Review

“Christians talk of a white stag that carried a vision of Christ between his antlers. They believe it’s a sign of impending salvation.”

“That sounds nice.”

“There are legends that go back much further. The ancient Celts believed something entirely different. Their legends speak of white deer leading travelers deep into the secret parts of the forest. They say a white deer can lead a man to new understanding.” -From Down River, page 86-

John Hart’s 2008 Edgar Award winning novel Down River is a suspense-thriller which is all about redemption, misunderstanding, and self-discovery. Adam Chase returns to his childhood home in Rowan County, North Carolina when an old friend contacts him and requests his assistance. Five years before this Adam was acquitted of the murder of a young man, even though the testimony of Adam’s step mother fingered him for the crime. Forced to choose between his wife or his son, Adam’s father chose his wife. Now Adam will be forced to reconcile those events with his father, his ex-lover and the people of Rowan County. Hart doesn’t make the reader wait long for action. Almost immediately upon Adam’s return to his old stomping grounds, family and friends begin to be victimized, and once again Adam must defend himself against old suspicions.

Hart writes magnificently with gritty, believable dialogue and gorgeous descriptions of the North Carolina landscape. The characters are painstakingly drawn – showing the reader both their strengths and weaknesses. As Adam works to clear his name, he must uncover long buried secrets and betrayals and Hart’s ability to create tension and keep the reader guessing make this a fast-paced and compelling read.

John Hart has also published a New York Times bestseller: The King Of Lies.

Down River is a book that readers of the suspense-thriller genre will not want to miss.

Highly recommended.

8 thoughts on “Down River – Book Review

  1. Amy

    Great Review Wendy! Of course, since I have a running list of the Agatha/Anthony/Edgar winners, I plan on reading this. Your review has mad me that much more excited!

  2. Lisa

    This sounds like an intense book that I would love to read! Thanks for the great review and recommendation!

  3. Lenore

    I remember reading your review so I think it must have been one of the ones that was instrumental in me finally plucking the book out of my TBR pile. And for that I thank you!!

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