River Road; Carol Goodman
Touchdown - 2016
In this fast paced thriller Nan Lewis, is a creative writing instructor at a college in upstate New York who has had more than her share of bad days. Years earlier Nan's young daughter Emma was killed by a hit and run drive on River Road. Although the woman at the wheel was eventually caught and prosecuted, Nan continues to by haunted by the incident and often drowns her sadness in alcohol.
Now on the evening of Nan's Christmas party with coworkers she learns that she has not been granted tenure. She's visibly upset and has had several glasses of wine as she heads home after dark in foggy weather. As she rounds the corner on River Road at same location where her daughter was killed, Nan hits something herself and drives off the road. She thinks she's hit a deer, but when she get out to check the area she doesn't see anything. The following day the police are at her door asking questions as one of Nan's promising students, Leia Dawson, had been hit and killed by a hit and run driver on River Road around the same time and in the area where Nan thought she hit the deer. When the police check out Nan's car she becomes a suspect.
In an effort to prove her innocence she sets out talking to various people to hopefully get clues to Leia's killer. She gets herself into more hot water than she bargained for in the process.
Nan is her own worst enemy. Yes, she's had some rough patches in her life, but she drinks too much and doesn't listen to the police either. At times she really bugged me, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of this thriller. There are lots of possible suspects, and I found myself changing my mind a few times as I read, and I was still wrong in the end. Mystery lovers who enjoy well drawn characters, twists and turns along the way will enjoy this one. There were a few slow spots as I read but, overall a very good story. I loved the cold, snowy environment the author created; this one chilled me to the bones at times.
(finished copy sent by publisher)