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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In a village in the Welsh Marches, the undercurrents are as turbulent as the River Severn. After a beloved family member is drowned in a devastating flood, Bede and Elin Sherwell want nothing more than to be left in peace to pursue their off-grid life. But when the very real prospect of fracking hits their village, they are drawn in to the front line of the protests. Durin ...more
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Published June 20th 2019 by Honno
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Mike Robbins
Joe Sherwell’s been drowned, swept away by a river in flood. It was an accident. Or was it? So far as his nephew Bede and his partner Elin know, it was. But there’s a sense of unease. Then a year or two later strange things start happening that suggest that they too could be in danger. Could the answer lie in a long-ago family quarrel?

Alison Layland’s Riverflow works on two levels. The first is that it’s a well-planned thriller. If you like a good old-fashioned whodunnit, you’ll like this. Layla
Grumpy Old Books
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely curate's egg of a book. It does not really fit into a genre. Or I should say it fits partially into several genres and possibly even invents a small new genre of it's own. Those of us who read a lot often get struck in the straight lines of a genre or trope. There is a lot to be said for the certainty of genre. You know where you are, where you are going and how you are going to get there. A good writer can deliver a good narrative inside any given genre. But what most of us reg ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
When I read and reviewed the author’s first book, I remember saying that it really shouldn’t have worked when it drew together so many diverse elements. I had the same initial thought about this one – but Alison Layland is such an accomplished story-teller, and knits everything together so very, very well.

So which “box” does it fit within most comfortably? Probably primarily a psychological thriller, with a steadily building of suspense and tension – but don’t search for the ubiquitous jaw-dropp
Louisa Treger
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Alison Layland's debut, Someone Else's Conflict, and have been eagerly awaiting her second novel. Riverflow certainly lived up to my expectations. It's a haunting novel about family secrets and their shocking consequences, interwoven with a timely eco dram. There is much fine writing, compelling characters, and a twist at the end that nearly made me miss my tube stop. Highly recommended. ...more
Sian Kerr
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
For 'a book and a beer' in August, we are reading Riverflow by Alison Layland. Riverflow is an eco-conscious thriller set in North Wales. Although it started off slowly, I really enjoyed the novel and found myself rooting for Bede and Elin in their quest to save the planet. It took a while for me to warm to Bede, but I also appreciate that both he and Elin were fully realised characters that sprouted from the page. I often felt myself getting emotionally involved when they argued, more often on ...more
Emma Curtis
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a drama for our times, pitching in with some of our worst climate fears alongside a tense psychological drama. Fracking, flooding, a drowning and emotional high stakes, Alison Layland's excellent second novel draws you in and keeps you hooked to the dramatic end. ...more
Lel Budge
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a clever psychological thriller with a slowly building sense of suspense and tension…..

Bede and Elin are grieving after a recent death in the family….so they decide to move to a lovely rural setting but then there’s mention of beginning fracking in the area….so they join the local protests…

This gently tells of the threat of fracking on the environment and corporate greed to give this a relevant feel. There’s also the family issues and an old diary, which are really the central part of th
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I Ioved everything about this book, from the crucially important themes, to the quirky and mysterious characters. I would never have been able to predict what would happen in the end, having absolutely no idea where this story was going to go. This is a real page turner and one of the best books I have read this year, thoroughly recommend!
Jun 17, 2022 rated it really liked it
There's an atmosphere in this story, a lingering threat that flows and swells like the river, retreating on sunny days but hitting you unexpectedly. I liked the main characters and the way they embrace or question their environmental arguments. Compelling. ...more
Katherine Stansfield
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. Riverflow is a wonderfully written novel about an eco-minded couple living in Shropshire who are struggling to overcome problems in their relationship at the same time as fighting a proposed fracking development nearby. It’s a powerful examination of the challenges of living a sustainable life – emotional, financial, social – as well as being a slow-burn crime novel: who is responsible for a series of attacks on local property and a hit and run?
Jesse Walker
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quote That Stood Out Most – “Narrowed eyes regarded him steadily: you know perfectly well on both counts. And I know that you know … Layers of knowing like the infinity of mutually reflecting mirrors.”

Spoiler free review – Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to @damppebbles blog tours, Alison Layland and Honno Press for allowing me to be apart of this tour. As soon as I read the synopsis to this book I was VERY excited. I mean, all that drama mixed in with crazy weather conditions? Yes please
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Riverflow focuses on the story of Bede and Elin, particularly how Bede is coping after his uncles death. Bede isn’t ready to move on, but soon there’s the threat of fracking to deal with, and the harassment from their neighbour, all putting a strain on their relationship.

This is an interesting story with a lot of different elements coming together. Layland explores some of the issues facing the world today in a way that clearly shows her passion. You can’t help but be moved by the couple’s pligh
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
"Nothing stays the same. You know that as well as I do. Like the riverflow. There are peaceful times, but even then there's the scratch, scratch, scratch of erosion. Imperceptible but...there. Until it's time for big change, for renewal, and the floods come, taking away, yes, but bringing the promise of fertility and new beginnings in their wake."

Bede and Elin are environmentalists trying to live peacefully in their off-the-grid world by the river, but their neighbor is trying to get a fracking
Feed The Crime
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4.
I felt very connected to Elin, more so than to Bede as I felt that he was very reserved, the side characters added depth to the story as well, especially Tamsin, seeing her willingness to help her neighbours even when it wasn’t necessary. I also enjoyed the old diary entries and finding out more about Joe’s earlier life. This book is very slow paced and unfortunately that is not what I enjoy in my books.
Read the rest of my review here:
Jamie Bowen
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
A psychological thriller set against the backdrop of climate change, with floods and fracking involved. When Bede Sherwell’s uncle is found drowned after a flood, he’s left devastated, but with his wife Elin and dog Kip they retreat to the environmentally friendly way of living. But when fracking encroaches on their life and the village in which they live, they’re back on the protest frontline. Little do they know it sets off events which will shake their lives to the core. A bit of a slow start ...more
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Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot of this book was much like a winding river: there were slow meandering parts punctuated with periods of excitement, much like rapids on a river. The overall story was interesting, with the hot topic of fracking as an impetus for the action. This adds a twist to the character interactions because it is difficult to tell what is personal and what is tied to the fracking. A good read if you can get through the slow parts. For more thoughts, please visit my blog at Fireflies and Free Kicks ...more
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I am a writer and translator, and have told myself stories for as long as I can remember.
Raised in Newark and Bradford, and having lived in various places around the UK, I now live in the bordelands between Wales and Shropshire.
Someone Else's Conflict, my debut novel, was featured as a Debut of the Month for January on the Lovereading site My second nove

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