River Road by Carol Goodman

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River Road Read Online Free - 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?

Title : River Road
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ISBN : 1501109901
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 23, 2016

2.5 I loved Goodman's previous books, The Lake of Dead Languages, the first book I read that put this author on my radar. She hasn't written an adult novel for several years so when I saw this one I was thrilled. This one once again takes place at a school. Nan, whose four year old daughter had be...

Bill rated it ★★★☆☆

February 01, 2016

Carol Goodman has a special place in my life as a reader, perhaps even in my spiritual life, as the author who brought me back to reading crime fiction with The Lake of Dead Languages. I’d read a lot of mysteries in my teens & 20s but while I was a professional literature teacher & schola...

Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin* rated it ★★★☆☆

October 01, 2016

I enjoyed this, albeit rather mildly, but I liked it better than some of her recent novels. It contains many elements readers of hers will be familiar with: winter setting, remote college, teacher-student relationships (not THAT kind), writers. However, I didn't feel it was as rich a story as she...

Alexandra rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 15, 2016

at first I really liked this one but after getting a few chapters in, I realized it wasn't for me. the narrator/main character Nan annoyed me with the stupid choices she made time after time throughout the story. it was hard for me to feel completely sorry for her because she just kept making thi...

Brooke rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 22, 2016

Carol Goodman is one of my favorite mystery writers, but this one just did NOT do it for me. I admitted to my best friend midway through the book that part of the problem is probably me - I've never enjoyed books where the main character is an addict. I find it hard to root for them and spend mos...

Kate rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2018

Loved this. Such an atmospheric mystery, full of heart and emotion as well as drama and tension.

Kate~Bibliophile Book Club rated it ★★★★☆

September 26, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed River Road. It was pacy, with questionable characters and a very good story. We meet Nan Lewis, a teacher, who on her way home from a party hits a deer with her car. When she wakes in the morning to the news that one of her students was killed in a hit and run on the same road...

Nancy rated it ★★★★★

October 04, 2015

Nan Lewis was still grieving the death of her young daughter 6 years earlier, a death which she still blamed herself for. She had gone inside to write down an idea for her new novel and she didn’t see when Emmy ran into the road and was hit by a car. Nan no longer wrote but she was dedicated to t...

Amber rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 23, 2016

1 & 1/2 stars would be my true rating. Based on the outline on the back cover, I really thought this book would be right up my alley .... BUT .... I found the writing a little clumsy & repetitive. The main character was "unreliable " . All in all a bit of a mess. Sounds harsh but I so wan...

Becky rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 11, 2016

I so wanted to like this book. The premise sounded so good, but the storytelling and the mystery ended up being so clumsy. And the main character was so naïve.

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