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?
©2016 Carol Goodman (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
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I haven't listened to much Carol Goodman; she's one of my favorite writers and other than her recent YA series, I routinely pre-order her books. River Road is the first adult book Goodman has written since I began listening to audio books.
It's a lackluster story; certainly not her best.
Goodman's older books are strongly archetypal, filled with mythological figures. They are superbly plotted, haunting stories written in beautiful prose. And perhaps that is part of the problem- really fine prose is easily buried in this audio book medium. If you enjoyed this and are new to Carol Goodman, read 'The Night Villa', The Ghost Orchid', 'The Lake of Dead Languages' or 'The Seduction of Water'.
And now I've made myself want to reread them.
Most of the books I select I expect to be better than most - not as good as some. I am typically surprised one way or the other...
Was it me or was this a little easy to figure out before it was revealed. I didn't find myself caring about the main character - or any of the others characters for that matter.
Everything was terrible-I finally gave up as it was impossible to care about the protagonist, or any of the under-developed characters. It was beyond laughable that the main character was supposed to be a college professor--of English no less. The police officer was far more poetic in his speech, yet another ridiculous aspect.
Kill the main character on p.1
Amazement that this nonsense was published.
I have listened to many books by Carol Goodman and this one does not disappoint. I was bummed when it came to an end as I never wanted to stop listening to it! There are many twists that keep the reader guessing and makes the story less predictable then it appears. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narrator performed the characters superbly! Bravo!
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