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Murder Road

A chilling tale about a deserted road and the danger lurking there by NYT bestselling author Simone St. James



A wrong turn and an injured hitchhiker on a deserted road turn the lives of newlyweds April and Eddie into a nightmare as they become suspects and are stuck in a strange, small town full of suspicious characters and weird happenings.

This was my first read by St. James, and I am kicking myself for not picking up one of her books sooner! I stayed up way too late reading this, but it was totally worth it! What a spooky, twisty, atmospheric mystery/thriller about a string of unsolved murders and a couple of newlyweds who stumble into trouble. The world-building was fantastic, from the opening scene on the terrifying road where danger lurks to the small-town drama, the paranormal elements, and the nostalgic 90s setting. In addition to the creepy atmosphere, the plot is intriguing, and tension builds up as the suspenseful mystery unfolds.


The characters are well-developed, flawed, and layered. April and Eddie had great chemistry together, and as their backstories came out, I found each of them increasingly more interesting. But my favorite character was Rose for the times she was a scene-stealer. Everything about this book worked for me, and I was hooked from the start. I cannot wait to get my hands on St. James's backlist now. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a compelling mystery/thriller with chilling paranormal elements.


My steep was Blackberry Sage from The Whistling Kettle a black tea with blackberry leaves and sage.


Thank you to Berkley Publishing for the free book!




PUBLISHER'S SYNOPSIS:

A young couple find themselves haunted by a string of gruesome murders committed along an old deserted road in this terrifying new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Cold Cases.



July 1995. April and Eddie have taken a wrong turn. They’re looking for the small resort town where they plan to spend their honeymoon. When they spot what appears to a lone hitchhiker along the deserted road, they stop to help. But not long after the hitchiker gets into their car, they see the blood seeping from her jacket and a truck barreling down Atticus Line after them.



When the hitchhiker dies at the local hospital, April and Eddie find themselves in the crosshairs of the Coldlake Falls police. Unexplained murders have been happening along Atticus Line for years and the cops finally have two witnesses who easily become their only suspects. As April and Eddie start to dig into the history of the town and that horrible stretch of road to clear their names, they soon learn that there is something supernatural at work, something that could not only tear the town and its dark secrets apart, but take April and Eddie down with it all.


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