So Cold the River by Michael Koryta

Reviewed by Patricia Reid

So Cold the River by Michael KorytaA small sip of mineral water bottled years and years ago sends Eric Shaw on a terrifying journey into the past and into the mind of Campbell Bradford, long dead but not forgotten.

Eric worked in films in Hollywood and returned to Chicago when things began to unravel in Hollywood. His current occupation is doing video life portraits that consist of preparing video montages for memorial services. At the memorial service of Eve Harrelson, Eric meets Alyssa Bradford, Eve’s younger sister. Alyssa is impressed with Eric’s work and hires him to travel to French Lick and West Baden, Indiana to discover the meaning of a light green glass bottle with etching that said Pluto Water, America’s Physic. The bottom of the bottle had an etching of a devil with one hand raised. Alyssa’s 95 year-old father-in-law had brought the bottle with him when he ran away from home some 80 years ago.

Eric accepts the job and finds many surprises awaiting him at West Baden Springs Hotel and the surrounding areas.

The story that unfolds is ghostly and terrifying. The characters in the book are outstanding. A present day story that is very dependent on the past. So Cold The River is a riveting story not to be missed.


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