"English writer Leroy's serious, delicately composed
second novel (after Postcards from Berlin, 2003) presents
an unhappy London wife and mother with a moral dilemma...
Leroy delineates Ginnie's diffidence in a deliberately
hypnotic, masterly fashion. Her quiet, self-assured
narrative voice delivers tremendous psychological depth
and emotional resonance."
"In some ways The River House reads like a suspense
novel written by Richard Yates. Leroy handles marriage
and domestic life with the same graceful, precise,
rueful style as the late novelist did, though with
a warmer, more hopeful intelligence...
"Leroy elucidates Ginnie's moral conundrum beautifully. Although there is
never much doubt as to what Ginnie will do, it's how she does it that provides
Richard Lopez - Washington Post
"To saints and altruists, perhaps, the question
of doing the right thing is never a difficult choice.
For the rest of us, however, such black-and-white situations
are often more familiarly cast in myriad shades of
gray. Such an intricate moral conundrum lies at the
core of Leroy's cautionary tale of desire and passion
versus responsibility and loyalty, in which a middle-aged
wife and mother jeopardizes her family's security when
she enters into a furtive love affair...
"Leroy's sensuously ethereal, subtly electric drama discerningly probes
the affective fragility of a woman struggling to preserve all she holds dear,
without losing herself in the process."
Carol Haggas: Booklist
"Questions of loyalty and morality simmer in
Margaret Leroy's beautifully written novel 'The River
House', a dark story centering on Ginnie Holmes, a
psychologist in midlife who lives comfortably in the
London suburbs with a distant husband and two daughters
about to leave the nest...
"She nimbly searches the psyches of her characters and creates a suspenseful
clincher that is very well done... The gifted author not only handles every part
of the story with a deft touch, she also challenges the reader."
Dennis Lythgoe: Deseret Morning News
"Leroy's clever divergence from a romance/love
affair to a mysterious murder alters the focus of the
plot, highlighting the real consequences of a forbidden
entanglement. The haunting prose resounds with hidden
meaning. Consequently, this novel is at once gripping
and disturbing, adding luster to its unique allure."
Sheri Melnick: Romantic Times
"Margaret Leroy, who also wrote the excellent
Postcards from Berlin, makes you care about her characters,
who feel so real that you know they must be out there
leading the lives she talks about... Settle down in
a deep armchair or hammock with The River House, and
make sure you're comfortable - you won't want to get
up for a while."
Hilary Williamson: BookLoons
"This gripping suspense novel by British author
Margaret Leroy is more about the complex relationships
between people than it is about crime... Leroy expertly
draws a picture of a woman and a family in crisis and
the moral questions one sometimes has to face."
H. B. Fenn: Toronto Sun