River Road

River Road

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From the award-winning author of The Lake of Dead Languages comes a chilling new psychological thriller about a professor accused of killing her favorite student in a hit-and-run accident.

Nan Lewis--a creative writing professor at a state university in upstate New York--is driving home from a faculty holiday party after finding out she's been denied tenure. On her way, she hits a deer, but when she gets out of her car to look for it, the deer is nowhere to be found. Eager to get home and out of the oncoming snowstorm, Nan is forced to leave her car at the bottom of her snowy driveway to wait out the longest night of the year--and the lowest point of her life...

The next morning, Nan is woken up by a police officer at her door with terrible news--one of her students, Leia Dawson, was killed in a hit-and-run on River Road the night before. And because of the damage to her car, Nan is a suspect. In the days following the accident, Nan finds herself shunned by the same community that rallied around her when her own daughter was killed in an eerily similar accident six years prior. When Nan begins finding disturbing tokens that recall the death of Nan's own daughter, Nan suspects that the two accidents are connected.

As she begins to dig further, she discovers that everyone around her, including Leia, is hiding secrets. But can she uncover them, clear her name, and figure out who really killed Leia before her reputation is destroyed for good?
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2016.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501109904
1501109901
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 24 cm

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athena14
Jul 03, 2016

Instead of innumerable memorial services, the town and college should improve that killer intersection.

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Pisinga
Jun 09, 2016

There are so many worn out characters in the book!
Nothing new. Too many clich├ęs, including the ending.
It seems to me - A lot of described things are directly related to the author's real life job - teaching of creative writing.

ehbooklover Mar 09, 2016

While not as strong as some of Goodman's previous titles, this one kept me on the edge of my seat and I finished it in one day. An atmospheric setting, compelling characters, and lots of red herrings made for a page-turner of a read. And I just loved the ending!

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lpreston214
Mar 02, 2016

Goodman is one of my favorite authors who has not written an adult fiction book for a while. Naturally I was excited to get my hands on this and though I've been in a reading slump lately I tore through this in a day. There's really nothing original or startling in the story but this author just has a way of making everything work so well. All of her novels are stand-alone so even if you've never read her, you'll like this book.

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