River Road by Carol Goodman 

About the book:

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? 

My thoughts:

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 she instantly becomes the main suspect in the investigation.

What follows is a taut thriller, full of interesting and well written characters that pulls you in and keeps you reading. I was hooked fairly early on, and I was eager to know what was happening. 

I felt sorry for Nan as she is essentially ostracised by her small community, and the hit and run of her own daughter many years ago comes back to haunt her in other ways. Struggling to keep her head above water, she vows to find out what happened and how she is involved.

River Road was an unexpectedly gripping read, full of twists and turns, with plenty of red herrings thrown in for good measure too! In the interest of full disclosure I figured out some of these early on, but it in no way hindered my enjoyment of this book. I just wanted the characters to catch up! 😂

Carol Goodman is a new author for me, so I will definitely be checking her previous books. I really liked River Road, 4⭐️ on Goodreads, and I would highly recommend it! 😊
*Thanks to Titan Books for my review copy*

Have you read it?! Would you read it?? Let me know in the comments! 😉📚

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