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THE RIVER WITCH is a poignant and haunting story about loss and healing. I was intrigued by the setting of this book because my father spent part of his childhood on the sea islands of Georgia. The author did a beautiful job of bringing the mystical setting of Manny's Island to life.
Roslyn and Damascus were realistic, complex characters. Neither of their stories was easy to read, and my heart broke for both of them. At times I was confused about Roslyn's back story, in particular why she and her mom had a strained relationship with the rest of their family.
I enjoyed how the history and myths of the island were woven into the book. I almost believed that Roslyn did have power to call the alligators out of the river. THE RIVER WITCH is an impressive debut from Kimberly Brock. I'd recommend this book to fans of contemporary Southern fiction with strong female characters. Definitely an emotional, memorable read.
"I'd heard her telling him all the things he was missing when I would walk into that kitchen and see her talking to those ashes. There was no doubt even for a child as young as I'd been, that she'd raised his ghost. I knew then, the only thing that really ever haunts a person is a regret."Review copy courtesy of NetGalley.