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Dark River

Mary Jane Beaufrand


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When Ronnie moves from the city to a small town in rural Oregon, she feels secluded from everything and everyone -- except for Karen, a young girl whom she babysits. So when she discovers Karen's lifeless body in the river, Ronnie is compelled to uncover the truth and solve her murder. As she becomes increasingly obsessed with solving the mystery of Karen's death, Ronnie is led deeper and deeper into the woods surrounding the river and to the dark secret hidden within its midst.

Dark River (originally published under the title The River) will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

Praise For Dark River

* "Insightful and often surprisingly funny...the story is really about Ronnie, and she feels entirely real. Compelling."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"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."

"An engaging mystery...the story's real strength and beauty come from the healing nature of family and unexpected friendships."
School Library Journal

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316199056, 224pp.

Publication Date: April 10, 2012

About the Author

Mary Jane Beaufrand lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, two children, and a stubborn basset hound. She has an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College and is the author of Primavera.