Death, jealousy and forbidden love.
Michael Wolf felt he had escaped his past - Stillriver, the small town in Michigan where he grew up, his troubles with his father, the petty jealousies and competitiveness of his younger brother, and most of all the disaster that ended his relationship with Cassie, the love of his life.
As the book opens, Michael is forced to return to Stillriver when he is told of his father's brutal murder. He finds the town's new prosperity only partly masks old hurts and humiliations. But when he discovers that Cassie has also returned to Stillriver, he is thrown into total turmoil while trying to solve the mystery of his father's death.
A powerful love story, Stillriver, is also a novel about family relationships and the tensions of life in a small close-knit community.
“Updikean in its loving use of detail... As well as being a poignant reflection on the vicissitudes of love, the insecurities of growing up and the need to discover what is important in life, it manages some genuinely scary thrills.”
“A gutsy saga about last-minute redemption, home runs and building bridges, Stillriver spans the troubled waters between Harlan Coben and Anita Shreve.”
“Rosenheim eschews playing the plot simply for thrills, preferring to engage the reader's emotions, but nevertheless comes up with a real page-turner.”