“Some say the river drowned her… Some say it brought her back to life.”
Originally published in 2019, Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield is set on a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, where the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories. Suddenly, the door bursts open and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child. Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? And who does the little girl belong to?