The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson

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The Never-Open Desert Diner Read Online Free - A singularly compelling debut novel, about a desert where people go to escape their past, and a truck driver who finds himself at risk when he falls in love with a mysterious woman.

Ben Jones lives a quiet, hardscrabble life, working as a trucker on Route 117, a little-traveled road in a remote region of the Utah desert which serves as a haven for fugitives and others looking to hide from the world. For many of the desert's inhabitants, Ben's visits are their only contact with the outside world, and the only landmark worth noting is a once-famous roadside diner that hasn’t opened in years.

Ben's routine is turned upside down when he stumbles across a beautiful woman named Claire playing a cello in an abandoned housing development. He can tell that she's fleeing something in her past — a dark secret that pushed her to the end of the earth — but despite his better judgment he is inexorably drawn to her.

As Ben and Claire fall in love, specters from her past begin to resurface, with serious and life-threatening consequences not only for them both, but for others who have made this desert their sanctuary. Dangerous men come looking for her, and as they turn Route 117 upside down in their search, the long-buried secrets of those who've laid claim to this desert come to light, bringing Ben and the other locals into deadly conflict with Claire's pursuers. Ultimately, the answers they all seek are connected to the desert’s greatest mystery — what really happened all those years ago at the never-open desert diner?

In this unforgettable story of love and loss, Ben learns the enduring truth that some violent crimes renew themselves across generations. At turns funny, heartbreaking and thrilling, The Never-Open Desert Diner powerfully evokes an unforgettable setting and introduces readers to a cast of characters who will linger long after the last page.

Title : The Never-Open Desert Diner
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ISBN : 1101906529
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it ★★★☆☆

March 30, 2016

Ben drives a truck over route 117, the people that live there are different and it's his calling to deliver the stuff that they feel they need because no one else will. A couple of odd brothers who live in some abandoned box cars and request barb wire and cases of hormel chili. A guy that carries...

Saleh rated it ★★★☆☆

December 06, 2017

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Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ rated it ★★★★★

March 11, 2016

MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List Sometimes I read blurbs to books and think they sound like something I would like.. sometimes I'm wrong and I don't like them as much, other times I'm shocked at how much I love them. This is one of those books. I fell in love with the book and so many of the...

James rated it ★★★★☆

December 02, 2015

This is a mystery novel unlike virtually any other--original, and captivating with a very intriguing cast of characters. At the center of the book is Ben Jones, a thirty-eight year-old trucker who runs a one-man outfit, hauling freight up and down an isolated highway in the middle of the Utah des...

Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it ★★★★☆

July 25, 2016

Find all of my reviews at: 3.5 Stars The amount of ratings on Goodreads combined with my own experience reading The Never-Open Desert Diner has me thinking the marketing for this book failed epically. Here’s my advice to anyone sitting on the fence about this one....

Zoeytron rated it ★★★☆☆

March 23, 2016

A copy was furnished to me by Net Galley in exchange for a review. Secrets smolder amongst the sparse sprinkling of souls who live in the areas off Highway 117. These folks are off the beaten path, off the grid, for reasons best kept to themselves. With no mailboxes, no real addresses, there is no...

Larry rated it ★★★★☆

March 01, 2016

I'd rate this 4.5 stars. Full disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Many thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for making it available! This book snuck up on me and both charmed and utterly fascinated me. Ben Jones has been a trucke...

Tim The Enchanter rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 15, 2016

Posted to The Literary Striking Setting, Confused Plotting The Never-Open Desert Diner is billed as a literary crime mystery. If slow and plodding is all it takes to be considered "literary" then it hits the mark. It had all of makings of an excellent novel. A striking setting, a un...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2017

I read this book because it interested me when I saw it on the Tournament of Books long list, and I had not heard of it before. I enjoyed it far more than I expected! Things to like: -various people puzzles like the woman in the house and the diner owner -the small universe of a one-man trucking org...

Jeanette rated it ★★★★☆

December 26, 2015

Excellent read and memorable. In fact, this and "Last Night at the Lobster" are the only two I can remember in recent years that nail the working class "day" in any faction of a minutia - any true detail of reality. But do not assume that it is a simple tale. It's also, for me it was, a difficult...

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