Wednesday, February 22, 2017

River Road by Carol Goodman


River Road by Carol Goodman

Review by Lauren

source: copy from publisher; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryNan 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?


Review: I'm not really sure why, but I often enjoy books set on or around a university, as does River Road. As the summary above states, creative writing professor Nan Lewis hits a deer coming back from the holiday faculty party one night. She gets out but doesn't see the deer anywhere. The next morning, she finds out that one of her students, Leia Dawson has been killed in a hit and run and Nan is suddenly one of the suspects, as her car looks suspiciously like she hit a person.

River Road was a fascinating mystery, definitely full of suspense and a little chill. Nan Lewis is a character that you can definitely feel sorry for, as she lost her own daughter years before in a hit and run. She's not doing so well with her life at the time of the accident, but she's a good person and she is obviously distraught over the death of Leia, who she always saw going on to do great things. The town easily turns against Nan, believing her to have run Leia down and leaving her to die in the snow. Strange "tokens" are being left at the death site, making Nan wonder if Leia's death is related to her own daughter's death.

I won't say more as I never want to spoil a book. These details already shared are revealed in the summary or early on in the novel. I would definitely recommend this one. If you're still dealing with snow and cold weather, this is certainly an appropriate book to cozy up with. Not because it is cozy, by all means, but because the weather will perfectly mimic the book.

I will say though that I figured out the culprit about halfway through the book. There is a moment that occurs and I was suddenly thinking "It has to be this person" and I ended up being correct. That doesn't mean everyone will correctly guess the culprit, or that it's a big deal even, since there are other secrets and reveals that occur throughout the book to keep things interesting and mysterious!

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13 comments:

A Canadian Girl said...

I used to love mysteries when I was younger but haven't read a good one in a while. This sounds promising :)

Melliane said...

it's nice to have a good mystery like that even if you knew after the first part whu the murderer was

Keertana said...

I don't read too many mysteries but I love a good one so I'll definitely have to check this out! Wonderful review!

Tanya Atkinson said...

It's been a long time since I picked up a mystery but this one sounds really good!

Erika Sorocco said...

This one seriously sounds awesome! I love the fact that it has an I Know What You Did Last Summer feel to it!

xx

Kindlemom said...

I love a good mystery and this sounds like it would be a lot of fun! Great review for this!

Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet said...

Sounds like my kind of book! I love ones set around universities too! Thanks for the review!

mypixieblog said...

I love books that pertain to universities, too, and since I went to a SUNY in upstate New York (SUNY Albany, in fact) this one sounds right up my alley! Also because I'm a total sucker for thrillers, thanks for sharing this one :) Adding to list now!

Simply Alexandra // My Favorite Things said...

This sounds interesting! :) I really do need to read more mysteries and thrillers this year. I am in a bit of a rut.. I don't like my current book so I am dragging my tail... LOL XO - Alexandra

Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

Alyssa Susanna said...

I don't read nearly enough mystery novels! I read Katee Robert's The Devil's Daughter recently (which was REALLY good) but beyond that, it's been a while. That's cool that you figured out who the culprit was, though I can definitely see why that's a little annoying (guessing so early vs. so many twists and turns that you don't know until the very end). I'm glad you enjoyed this book! Wonderful review. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Joyous Reads said...

I feel the same way! So long as all the stereotypical college life antics are minimized, I'm down for any novels set in a university. :D

The Bibliophile Babe said...

Oooh, sounds good!

Jennifer Humphries said...

OK, not to be creepy or anything, but I hit a coyote with my car yesterday. I couldn't find the animal, but I felt and saw a streak of brown. I may have to wait a bit on this book, but it does sound good!