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River Road by Carol Goodman

River Road (2016)

by Carol Goodman

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This was a very good book! I really enjoyed reading about the struggle of a woman experiencing loss and how she overcomes her struggles. I also enjoyed the plot twist when it is revealed who ran over Leia. I will definitely be checking out more books by this author.

I received this book as part of GoodReads First Reads Giveaway! ( )
  NikkiK94 | Mar 21, 2018 |
Nan Lewis was driving home from a faculty/student Christmas party when she took a turn too fast and hit something. She thought it was a deer. But the next day, the dead body of one of her students, Leia Dawson was found on the roadside. A dented bumper and blood on her car made Nan the prime suspect.

Seven years earlier, Nan's daughter, Emmy, was also the subject of a hit and run at that same curve. It caused a rift in Nan's marriage. It caused her to begin drinking to dull the pain. It caused writer's block, and her second novel never got written.

In the small college town north of Poughkeepsie, Nan is vilified, even when it was proved that it was a deer that Nan hit. Now there is a murderer on the loose.

River Road by Carol Goodman has as many twists and turns as a river country road. She's created some great characters. There's mystery, suspense, romance. And the bleak blizzard prone winter with hits frozen winter, snow storms and below freezing temperatures just adds to aura of the town.

Readers will be satisfied with the ending and there's enough mystery to satisfy any reader. This is the first Carol Goodman book I read, but I'll definitely read more. ( )
  EdGoldberg | Mar 14, 2018 |
Nan Lewis, still devastated by her young daughter's death by a drunk driver, just found out she's not getting tenure at the college where she teaches creative writing. On the way home, emotional from the day's revelations, she hits a deer that she's unable to find after she strikes it. The next day the police are knocking on her door because a student was discovered dead in the snow from a hit and run. Nan's life is soon turned upside down in this absorbing and atmospheric read by one of my favorite authors.

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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
Goodman's style of storytelling could be described as predictable. Yet predictable in the comforting way of an old pair of perfectly worn-in jeans or a favorite hot beverage suited to the end of a long, strenuous day. And while the line between strictly formulaic writing and simply having found your niche as a novelist may be a fine one, I comfortably place Goodman on the favorable side. River Road is Goodman's latest psychological thriller, starring Nan Lewis, a creative writing professor in upstate New York barely scraping by emotionally and psychologically years after the death of her young daughter in a traffic accident and her subsequently destroyed marriage. Following a department holiday party, Nan hits what she believes to be a deer, but soon finds herself the primary suspect in a hit-and-run case which has robbed her favorite student of her life. As she struggles to clear her name and save her reputation in the local community, Nan begins to discover eery connections between this crime and the one that ripped apart her family six years prior. Desperate for answers, she's plunged into an underworld of dark secrets. While the story is a bit slow to develop, Goodman's signature literary and folkloric allusions, atmospheric writing, and Gothic style make her latest yet another satisfying page-turner. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
[River Road] by Carol Goodman
3 Stars

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Nan Lewis—a creative writing professor at a university in upstate New York—is driving home from a faculty holiday party when she hits a deer. Yet when she gets out of her car to look for it, the deer is gone. Eager to get home before 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…

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 her daughter’s death, Nan suspects that the two accidents are connected.

As she digs further, she discovers that everyone around her, including Leia, has been hiding secrets. But can she uncover them, clear her name, and figure out who really killed Leia before her life is destroyed for ever?

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It was a well told story but if like me, you like to be fed information so that you can work out who the killer is, you will be disappointed here. This author has always had a way of making the "bad guy" one you would least expect but not this time. You will know exactly... without a doubt by page 50. It seemed that Nan was the only person that didn't know. So...3 stars for a good story line but not much suspense. ( )
  Carol420 | Mar 28, 2017 |
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When one of her students is killed in a hit-and-run on River Road, it raises memories of Nan Lewis's own daughter, killed in a similar accident six years prior. And because Nan has damage to her car after hitting a deer while driving home from a faculty holiday party that same night, she becomes a suspect. In the days following the accident, Nan finds herself shunned by the community-- and begins to suspect that the two accidents are connected.… (more)

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