River Road

River Road 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

  • Title: River Road
  • Author: Carol Goodman
  • ISBN: 9781501109904
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 hFrom 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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    About "Carol Goodman"

    1. Carol Goodman

      Carol Goodman is the author of The Lake of Dead Languages, The Seduction of Water, the Watchtower Trilogy with husband Lee Slonimsky , and the young adult Blythewood series Her work has appeared in such journals as The Greensboro Review, Literal Latte, The Midwest Quarterly, and Other Voices After graduation from Vassar College, where she majored in Latin, she taught Latin for several years in Austin, Texas She then received an M.F.A in fiction from the New School University Goodman currently teaches literature and writing at The New School and SUNY New Paltz and lives with her family in the Hudson Valley.

    735 thoughts on “River Road”

    1. 2.5 I loved Goodman's previous books, The Lake of Dead Languages, the first book I read that put this author on my radar. She hasn't written an adult novel for several years so when I saw this one I was thrilled.This one once again takes place at a school. Nan, whose four year old daughter had been killed by a drunk driver, is a writing teacher at the school. She also has a drinking problem. When one of her favorite students is killed by a driver who leaves her body in a ditch suspicion falls on [...]


    2. Carol Goodman has a special place in my life as a reader, perhaps even in my spiritual life, as the author who brought me back to reading crime fiction with The Lake of Dead Languages. I’d read a lot of mysteries in my teens & 20s but while I was a professional literature teacher & scholar I read little imaginative literature for recreation. But as a school story about a Latin teacher, her 1st novel, Lake of Dead Languages, appealed to me. Since then I have read several of Carol Goodma [...]


    3. I enjoyed this, albeit rather mildly, but I liked it better than some of her recent novels. It contains many elements readers of hers will be familiar with: winter setting, remote college, teacher-student relationships (not THAT kind), writers. However, I didn't feel it was as rich a story as she is capable of weaving.


    4. at first I really liked this one but after getting a few chapters in, I realized it wasn't for me. the narrator/main character Nan annoyed me with the stupid choices she made time after time throughout the story. it was hard for me to feel completely sorry for her because she just kept making things harder for herself. i couldn't relate to her at all. she was a very frustrating character. even when things were blatantly out of control in her life, such as someone breaking into her house and murd [...]


    5. Carol Goodman is one of my favorite mystery writers, but this one just did NOT do it for me. I admitted to my best friend midway through the book that part of the problem is probably me - I've never enjoyed books where the main character is an addict. I find it hard to root for them and spend most of my time loathing them instead of finding anything about them compelling. I was thinking this was a 3-star rating up until the end when a completely unforeshadowed, "Surprise, I'm actually a total ps [...]



    6. 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 [...]


    7. Nan Lewis was still grieving the death of her young daughter 6 years earlier, a death which she still blamed herself for. She had gone inside to write down an idea for her new novel and she didn’t see when Emmy ran into the road and was hit by a car. Nan no longer wrote but she was dedicated to the students in her creative writing classes at Acheron College. Her job was her whole life. So she was horrified when one of her favorite students was killed by a hit and run driver and even more horri [...]


    8. 1 & 1/2 stars would be my true rating. Based on the outline on the back cover, I really thought this book would be right up my alley . BUT . I found the writing a little clumsy & repetitive. The main character was "unreliable " . All in all a bit of a mess. Sounds harsh but I so wanted to enjoy this book but was left lacking.


    9. I so wanted to like this book. The premise sounded so good, but the storytelling and the mystery ended up being so clumsy. And the main character was so naïve.


    10. A no spoilers review of a really good thriller here lindasbookbag/2016/01/19/rWhen Professor Nan Lewis hits what she thinks is a deer on the road on her way back from a faculty party in New York state, little does she expect a police officer at her door the following morning to tell her that one of her favourite students, Leia Dawson, has been killed in a hit and run accident and that Nan is the chief suspect. Worse still, Nan’s own daughter was previously killed in a road accident in the same [...]


    11. I'm a huge fan of Goodman, but this book didn't sit well with me. It struck me as both completely predictable and ridiculously far-fetched at the same time, plus I knew who the killer was within 50 pages. Damn.


    12. River Road by Carol Goodman3 StarsFrom The Book:Nan Lewis—a creative writing professor at a university in upstate New York—is driving home from a faculty holiday party when she hits a deer. Yet when she gets out of her car to look for it, the deer is gone. Eager to get home before 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…The next morning, Nan is woken up by a police officer at her door with terrible [...]


    13. “River Road” by Carol Goodman, published by Touchstone Books.Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – January 19, 2016.Nan Lewis is a college professor at a New York College. She is attending a faculty party and discovers that she has been denied tenure. Upset Nan leaves the party and drives home. On the way she hits a deer and follows it into the woods to determine its injuries. She cannot locate the deer and returns home.In the morning she is awakened by the police who are impoun [...]


    14. This was a great page-turning suspense novel. It kept me engaged and wanting to keep reading. The only negative was that about half way through a minor character says something that is meant to be cryptic but for me it made the identity of the murderer crystal clear. I was not surprised one bit to discover that I was right. I was however surprised by the reason for the killing. Being able to guess the killer so easily took away some of the suspense but I still enjoyed the story.


    15. This is, without exaggerating, the worst book I have ever read.You see, I attended Bard College (the college located just outside of Red Hook on River Road- the college SUNY Acheron is clearly based off of- the ghost stories, the prison initiative, Overheard, etc). I lived in the exact area the book described for several years. Not only that, but I was also a creative writing student. You can see why I was very curious to pick up this book- curious, and hesitant. Two years before this book was p [...]


    16. 4.5 stars rounded up. I normally would not give such a high rating to this type of book, but this is a real page turner, right up to 1:30 AM when I finished it. I could not stop reading it. As usual, Carol Goodmen writes beautifully, and skillfully crafts a complex mystery. There are some interesting red herrings and some plot twists that you may or may not see coming. I have to admit, I had my eye on the actual perpetrator for quite a while. This person did not ring true to me, my "antennae" we [...]


    17. In a snowy college town in upstate NY, on the night Nan finds out she's been denied tenure and has a bit too much to drink, she hits a deer on the drive home. The problem is, on that same night, on that same stretch of road, a college student is also ht by a car-and the police don't buy this crazy deer story. I see that one of my friends has read this book, and her review begins, "Although the language and descriptions were beautiful as usual, this book was not one of the author's best. The sto [...]


    18. Carol Goodman became one of my favorite authors after reading "The Lake of Dead Languages" & "The Seduction of Water". Her style, character development and suspense appeal to what I look for in a good writer. I always look for for her next book in anticipation and "River Road" fit the bill. Twists and turns in the plot had me trying to figure it out while I went along with her story. I stayed up to late two nights in a row to finish the page turner.


    19. Four stars: A suspenseful and exciting thriller that will keep you guessing to the end. Nan grips the steering wheel tighter. The road is icy and it is pitch dark. She knows she should be driving slower on these icy roads, but tonight she just doesn't care anymore. Nan found out at a colleague's holiday party that she was denied tenure. This is just one more big stumble in Nan's life. She has been living in a fog, going through the motions since her daughter died a few years ago. As she rounds a [...]


    20. Review posted on Library cat. * Copy provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review. *„She hates that road. It took her daughter away. That blind curve is taking her life again, and again.“Nan is a professor at the university, she teaches creative writing. After a party at the college, she goes home by car, slightly drunk. Driving in the dark, she hits a deer. She sees a deer. When she walks out of the car, the deer is nowhere to be found. She goes into the wood to look for it. Dr [...]


    21. First off, I should start by saying that I really love Carol Goodman. I was so happy to hear she had another book being released in her "literary fiction" genre. I've read all of her stuff, but particularly like her fiction that centers around academia or literary pursuits. This is a solid entry in her canon. I'm not giving anything away when I tell you the basics of this story: Nan, our protagonist, is dealing with the death of her 4-year-old daughter from 6 years in the past. As our story begi [...]


    22. Nan Lewis is a creative writing professor at a state school in upstate New York. She lives alone after the tragic death of her young daughter, Emmy--an incident which her marriage could not survive. She's recently been denied tenure by her school and is upset and agitated the university's holiday party. On her way home, she hits a deer, but cannot find the animal when she goes to check on it. Nan eventually makes it back home in a snowstorm, leaving her car at the bottom of her icy, unplowed dri [...]


    23. I thought River Road was going to be a good thriller, but it wasn't thrilling. Too much of the book deals with discussing drunk drivers. I hate drunk drivers, especially ones that never learn their lesson, like I seriously wish they would do the world a favor and jump off the nearest cliff. I knew that the story would deal with Emmy's death, but hers was talked about almost as much as Leia's. For a long while it seemed liked things were going in an endless circle, and nothing was being accomplis [...]


    24. Nan Lewis had just left a holiday party, upset because of the news that another professor, Cressida Janowicz, had told her: that she had been denied tenure. She had had some wine, but only a couple of glasses, she was telling herself as she drove. She was okay. She would make it home safely.She had tried to talk to Ross, the department head, but a student Leia Dawson, had been monopolizing his time.Now, as she drove along the river, and just when she reached a particularly difficult turn, with p [...]


    25. Nan Lewis is driving home from a faculty holiday party at the university in upstate New York where she works after learning she has been denied tenure. Upset and tired, she's startled when she hits a deer, but even more startled when, after exiting the car, she can't locate the animal. Nan eventually gives up, instead heading home, eager to avoid the ensuing snowstorm. The next morning she is woken with the news that one of her students was hit by a car and killed – in the same location as her [...]


    26. Have I finally hit that plateau where the formula has lost its magic for me? River Road started out so promising. A little bit of a knockoff of The Girl on a Train maybe (does every heroine in a thriller have to have a drinking problem now?) but anyhoo Nan, who is suffering from long-term grief over the loss of her daughter, has just lost her job. She hits a deer, ironically on the same road where her daughter was killed. She fumbles around in the woods, sleeps it off. Goes home, sleeps it off. [...]


    27. Disclaimer: I received this kindle book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest reviewI had never read of this authors other works but this book's plot sounded interesting. The plot was interesting and that is about it. I know the author teaches creative writing classes and that is well established in her book as the main character Nan Lewis has the same profession. Nan is a college professor who suffered the tragic loss of her daughter by a drunken driver on River Road After attending a Chris [...]


    28. This is the fourth book I've read by Carol Goodman. I like her writing, she creates sympathetic and believable characters surrounded by realistic settings and plausible relationships and motives. This story takes place at SUNY Acheron, fictional college in upstate New York. Professor Nan Lewis is accused of a hit and run that left her favorite student dead on the side of the road. She knows without a doubt that what she hit on her way home from the faculty holiday party was a deer. She even went [...]


    29. Nan Lewis, a professor at a private upstate New York college, is driving home from a faculty party near Christmas, when she hits a deer. Imagine her surprise when the next day, she is questioned by local law enforcement, because one of her favorite students, Leia Dawson, was killed by a hit and run driver the previous night. Nan is positive she hit a deer, not a human being, but she starts to question herself because she was not totally sober at the time of her accident, where she ran into the w [...]


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