The River (Hardcover)

By Mary Jane Beaufrand

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316041683, 215pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2010



Veronica Severance feels cut off from the world. Forced to move from the city to rural Oregon with her parents, she is haunted by loneliness and by the chilling sounds of the Santiam, the river that runs through her backyard.
Through the fog of isolation, Ronnie finds herself becoming close with Karen, a young girl who she babysits. But when she discovers Karen's body on the banks of the Santiam, the victim of a supposed accident, Ronnie feels compelled to uncover the truth.
As she becomes increasingly obsessed with solving Karen's death, Ronnie is led deeper and deeper into the woods surrounding the river and to the dark secret hidden within its midst.
"The River "is a darkly atmospheric story of murder, isolation, obsession and dark secrets that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

About the Author

Mary Jane Beaufrand is the author of The River and Primavera. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, two children and a stubborn basset hound.

Praise For The River

[star] "...insightful and often surprisingly funny...the story is really about Ronnie, and she feels entirely real. Compelling."

"Atmosphere is the name of the game here, and Beaufrand brings it generously... With its blend of richly realistic character and slightly uncanny ambiance, this will be a favorite with fans of mysteries that tug the heartstrings."