Reef Road

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Product Details

Price
$27.00  $25.11
Publisher
Post Hill Press
Publish Date
Pages
272
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.71 inches | 1.02 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781637584965

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About the Author

Deborah Goodrich Royce's thrillers examine puzzles of identity. Ruby Falls won the Zibby Award for Best Plot Twist in 2021 and Finding Mrs. Ford was hailed by Forbes, Book Riot, and Good Morning America's "best of" lists in 2019. She began as an actress on All My Children and in multiple films, before transitioning to the role of story editor at Miramax Films, developing Emma and early versions of Chicago and A Wrinkle in Time. With her husband, Chuck, Deborah restored the Avon Theatre, Ocean House Hotel, Deer Mountain Inn, United Theatre, Savoy Bookstore, and numerous Main Street revitalization projects in Rhode Island and the Catskills. She serves on the governing and advisory boards of the American Film Institute, Greenwich International Film Festival, New York Botanical Garden, Greenwich Historical Society, and the PRASAD Project. Deborah holds a bachelor's degree in modern foreign languages and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Lake Erie College.

Reviews

"Reef Road is magnificent. It feels utterly real, a novel of deeply personal context. It swerves between truth and lies--the lies that lead to an even deeper--and more devastating--truth. Though pure fiction, it reads as compellingly as a mixture of memoir and exposé. It has left me shaken to the core. Deborah Goodrich Royce writes with brilliant understanding of the mystery and occasional grace of trauma."--Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author
"Reading Reef Road feels like bingeing a particularly addictive true crime series. Mysteries intersect in this haunting page-turner as Deborah Goodrich Royce explores the ripple effect of violence, generational trauma, and the emotional weight of a case gone cold."--Megan Collins, author of The Family Plot
"Reef Road is a thriller of a roller-coaster ride, an elixir of murder, mystery, and mental instability, built on foundational questions--whether we are destined to inherit or repeat the psychological trauma of our parents, whether we can ever really trust assumptions we make of another, or trust the limits of what we, ourselves, are capable of. Ms. Goodrich Royce is expert at weaving a tale where the interplay among characters rebounds between the real and the imagined, exposing a shocking backstory with current-day repercussions in the process. The backdrop of glitzy Palm Beach, contrasting with staid, mid-century Pittsburgh, reminds us that evil can be found anywhere, unconstrained by geography, education, or social status. Unraveling the characters' motives and psyche, and the plot twists and turns, makes Reef Road a perfect book club choice."--Joan Luise Hill and Katie Mahon, authors of The Miracle Collectors: Uncovering Stories of Wonder, Joy, and Mystery
"Reef Road is a daunting masterpiece. A plot-driven thriller inspired by a real unsolved murder that you won't be able to put down. This atmospheric thriller satisfies. A stunningly dark read."--Rea Frey
"Taut and suspenseful, Reef Road reveals how one horrific act of violence can reverberate through multiple lives, even generations. Based on a real-life event, this book will keep you turning the pages well into the night as secret upon harrowing secret unfolds."--Wendy Francis, author of Summertime Guests
"Reef Road careens from a decades-old unsolved murder in Pittsburgh, to a grisly discovery washing up on the shore of the breezy, ocean town of Palm Beach. With expert touch and nuance, Deborah Goodrich Royce weaves the lives of a novelist searching for the truth, a bored housewife, and the menacing figure of a man or two, through the claustrophobic, early days of the COVID pandemic. The result is an asteroid-like collision of deceit, guilt, and greed in an unexpected, stunning climax that will stay with you long after you finish reading. A page-turning, incredible read!"--Brian Cuban, author of The Ambulance Chaser
"Superbly written and elegantly structured, the oh-so-talented Deborah Goodrich Royce brings her unique voice and mesmerizing style to an altogether original novel of suspense. Instantly immersive and deeply felt, Reef Road is both intensely personal and powerfully universal. Royce creates a haunting (and surprising!) portrait of a troubled wife--and the relentless writer on the trail of her past. I could not put it down."--Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life
"Reef Road, a taut, expertly-crafted psychological thriller, grabbed me from the first page and kept me hooked with its many dark twists. Set in Palm Beach, Florida, during the strange, locked-down days of Spring, 2020, the novel alternates between two narratives: an unnamed mystery writer, who is researching the murder in 1948 Pittsburgh of her mother's childhood friend, Noelle Grace Huber; and Linda Alonso, the unhappily married mother of two young children. As layer by layer is peeled away, the connection between these two women and the long-dead girl is revealed--and along with it, a powerful rendering of how trauma from one violent act can reverberate for generations."--Virginia Hume, author of Haven Point
"In Deborah Goodrich Royce's propulsive and riveting novel Reef Road, nothing is what it seems. You will keep turning pages into the night, unraveling the threads of two women's intersecting lives to reveal a shocking act of violence and the devastating reverberations that echo decades later."--Mary Dixie Carter, author of The Photographer
"Reef Road paints the unforgettable portraits of two deeply flawed, yet mesmerizing women and how an unsolved mystery seventy-two years ago still haunts them today. Deborah Goodrich Royce crafts an unforgettable thriller full of captivating twists and deeply compelling characters. It is a chilling story of generational trauma and an evocative tale of unresolved grief exploding into the kind of novel readers will never want to put down."--Joani Elliott, author of The Audacity of Sara Grayson