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River Road    by Carol Goodman order for
River Road
by Carol Goodman
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Touchstone, 2016 (2016)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Inspired by an actual hit and run tragedy involving local college students and a brush she had with a deer near her own home, creative writing professor Carol Goodman has fashioned a taut drama about a nightmarish situation where a college professor is accused of killing her own student in a hit-and-run accident.

Nan Lewis lost her daughter when she was killed by a drunk driver. Still not over the family tragedy, Nan's life has just taken another turn for the worse when she learns that she has been denied tenure at the college where she teaches.

After one too many glasses of wine to drown her sorrow, Nan heads home, only to hit a deer. The wounded animal disappears into the forest and Nan leaves her car at the foot of her driveway on River Road.

The next morning the distraught woman is awakened to find the local police checking out her damaged car because during the night a student at her college was killed in a hit-and-run accident. The car makes Nan the main suspect and now memories of her daughter's death come flooding back as well.

To complicate matters, there seems to be a link between these two hit-and-run tragedies that suggests they are related. With links to Greek mythology and local folklore, this atmospheric and chilling suspense story set in upstate New York will keep the reader focused from beginning to end.

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