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Bottomless River by Anthony J. Langford
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Jun 01, 2012

really liked it

The Bottomless River begins in a small town in rural Australia. Three mates, Danny, Tom and Jen, regularly get together at a river bank for harmless fun and banter. But their carefree world is poisoned when they get drunk one night.

Danny cannot forgive himself for what he has done. He no longer trusts himself and leaves town. But he finds the events of that night can’t be drowned under more alcohol. Like Danny, readers yearn to find out what has happened to the two friends he deserted.

The novella is an excellently written depiction of small-town Australia. The author comes up with plenty of original similes as he explores guilt and regret. And the dialogue is as natural as the river the teenagers meet by.

The Bottomless River has an emotional punch thrown by believable characters. Danny’s inner turmoil seems so realistic that many readers will ask whether the author is writing from experience. If he is, then he has lived a life stilted by youthful misadventure.

The Bottomless River is an excellent read for anyone who loves empathising with a book’s characters.

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