The Face of the River is a novel about perception, and the tricks that our memories and eyes conspire to play on us. Narrated by Matt Molloy, a photographer for Atlanta's major newspaper, the story begins at the 1996 Olympic bombing and traverses all levels of Atlanta society. Amanda Sevier, Matt's onetime love, dies in a horrible--and suspicious--automobile accident, plunging into the cold Chattahoochee River. At her funeral, Matt and Amanda's brother Will meet; before long, they realize that Amanda had deceived and deluded them both for her entire life.
Matt is now married, but finds himself obsessed with discovering the truth behind the woman he thought he'd known so well. He and Will search out those whom Amanda had known in her life, from other loves to bitter enemies. They soon realize that so much of who she was depended on the events of a single night--a night Will would do anything to forget, and a night Matt must understand, even if it costs him everything.