The Confluence by Gregory Josephs
Elliot had to help. He didn’t know if he could save little eight-year-old Sofia from the flood, but he knew he had to try. The only problem? Sofia’s a ghost.
Set in 2019 in the small, fictional town of Haverford, Massachusetts, a week before the sixtieth anniversary of a deadly flood there, The Confluence tells the story of nineteen-year-old Elliot and how his life is upended one summer by the discovery of a coin at an old abandoned farmhouse. The coin is no ordinary coin, however, and those who are desperate to possess it and the power it confers are willing to do so by any means necessary. By finding the coin, Elliot is pulled into the life of young Sofia, her parents, and a murder mystery that has remained unsolved for the last sixty years. With only a week until the flood, Elliot is in a race against time to uncover the details behind the deaths of Sofia’s parents so that he might save Sofia from both the flood and the more supernatural forces afoot. In the midst of all of this, Elliot is forced to confront his romantic feelings for his long-time friend, Cameron, and what that means for him, for them, and for his place in the world.
Author Gregory Josephs’ sophomore novel, The Confluence, is part sweet, awkward, coming-of-age story, part gripping paranormal murder mystery. Josephs ingeniously entwines the lives of Sofia and Elliot, giving each enough space to have their own stories, but finding an imaginative way to bond them through time and adversity. His writing is breezy and visual, creating an easy read whilst providing plenty of suspense and substance so as to be thoroughly entertaining. Ghosts and coins aside, The Confluence is really a story about love—first love, familial love, platonic love, and eternal love—and the many challenges inherent in holding someone dear, even though sometimes you have to let them go.