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The River King
The River King
Author: Alice Hoffman
People tend to stay in their place in the town of Haddan. The students at the prestigious prep school don't mix with locals; even within the school, hierarchy rules, as freshman and faculty members find out where they fit in and what is expected of them. But when a body is found in the river behind the school, a local policeman will walk into th...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780425179673
ISBN-10: 0425179672
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 344
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  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 100 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 7
This is the best Hoffman novel I've read. Her forte is imagery and this book demonstrates it most of all. In addition to absolutely *having* to know the outcome (What happened to this cerebral and quiet boy?), you slowly draw attachments to the characters. Carlin will quickly become so real to you that you'll swear she's someone Hoffman knows in real life.

There's a movie based on the book, too. It's not bad, but I'd invest the time to read the book first.
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Helpful Score: 5
This is the first Alice Hoffman book I'v read. I have truely fallen in love with her writing. It is pure beauty even when she is writing about ugly things. The story here was great as well, heartbreaking and hearwarming at the same time. Beautiful work.
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Helpful Score: 4
Magical, powerful, heart-wrenching...this was by far my favorite hoffman book, and i have read all of hers. This book is at times difficult to read, simply because you can imagine and experience the pain and heart-break the characters experience. The writing is vivid and the ending of this story is perfect. I was swept away. A book you will not easily forget.
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Helpful Score: 4
Brilliant novel. Deserving of more than five stars. Haunting, brutal, emotional, startling, and, finally, amazingly and wonderfully rewarding. So beautifully written that it makes your breath catch a little. Cannot recommend this book enough.
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Helpful Score: 1
I think this is her best book yet. So lyrical and poetic, it's like reading a magical story... Enjoy!
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Absolutely excellent book! New author for me, now I need to get the rest of her books.
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At once fanciful and brutal, this amazing tale enthralls you while making you want to truly appreciate life and be a better person.

There are so many satisfying twists and turns, beautiful and poignant uses of symbolism, and honest insights into human imperfection that I will dwell on this book for a long time.
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This book really stays with you after you read it. I am a big Alice Hoffman fan! She has the most amazing writing style!

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