River Road

  • by Carol Goodman
  • Narrated by Madeleine Maby
  • 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?

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I haven't listened to much Carol Goodman; she's one of my favorite writers and other than her recent YA series, I routinely pre-order her books. River Road is the first adult book Goodman has written since I began listening to audio books.

It's a lackluster story; certainly not her best.
Goodman's older books are strongly archetypal, filled with mythological figures. They are superbly plotted, haunting stories written in beautiful prose. And perhaps that is part of the problem- really fine prose is easily buried in this audio book medium. If you enjoyed this and are new to Carol Goodman, read 'The Night Villa', The Ghost Orchid', 'The Lake of Dead Languages' or 'The Seduction of Water'.

And now I've made myself want to reread them.
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- Bette "Say something about yourself!"

Let's pray this is not the start of a series

What disappointed you about River Road?

Everything was terrible-I finally gave up as it was impossible to care about the protagonist, or any of the under-developed characters. It was beyond laughable that the main character was supposed to be a college professor--of English no less. The police officer was far more poetic in his speech, yet another ridiculous aspect.


What could Carol Goodman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Kill the main character on p.1


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Amazement that this nonsense was published.


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- whilory

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio