Riverflow by Alison Layland – Book Review

Riverflow by Alison Layland – Book Review



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 frontline protests.

During a spring of relentless rain, a series of mysterious threats and suspicious accidents put friendships on the line and the Sherwells’ marriage under unbearable tension. Is there a connection with their uncle’s death? As the river rises under torrential rain, pressure mounts, Bede’s sense of self begins to crumble and Elin is no longer sure who to believe or what to believe in.




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 this story…

Beautifully descriptive of the rural setting and the watery theme with well developed characters and shows family secrets and their sometimes shocking consequences…a compelling read.

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 


About Alison Layland:

Alison Layland is a writer and translator. Raised in Newark and Bradford, she now lives on the Wales/Shropshire border. She studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University and translates from German, French and Welsh into English. Her published translations include a number of bestselling novels.



Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlisonLayland

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlisonLaylandAuthor/

Website: http://www.alayland.uk/



Purchase Links:

Amazon UK:


Amazon US:


Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/riverflow/alison-layland/9781909983977

Foyles: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/riverflow,alison-layland-9781909983977?term=riverflow+ali

Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Alison-Layland/Riverflow/23619095

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Riverflow-Alison-Layland/9781909983977



Publishing Information:

Published in paperback and ebook formats by Honno Press on 20th June 2019.

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