Posted by Book Mavens on August 5th, 2011
Title: Bent Road
Author: Lori Roy
Publisher: Penguin Group, March 2011
Summary: It’s 1967 and the Detroit race riots, among other things, have convinced Arthur Scott that it’s time to move his family back to Kansas and the town he fled more than 20 years before. Arthur and his older daughter, Elaine, adapt easily to life in the rural town of Arthur’s childhood, but his wife Celia and children Daniel and especially Evie have a more difficult time. Maybe it’s because Evie looks so much like Arthur’s dead sister Eve, for whom Evie was named. It seems the whole town is still haunted by the memory of Eve and her unsolved murder, even though 20 years have passed. When a little girl goes missing soon after the Scott’s arrival, fingers again point to Eve’s fiancé at the time of her death. The missing girl, Julianne Robison, looks strikingly similar to both Eve and Evie- a coincidence that does not go unnoticed by the townspeople. Are the two crimes related? Everyone seems to think so. Celia fears for her family, especially little Evie, since the prime suspect, now married to Arthur’s sister Ruth, is becoming more and more unhinged. Told from the point of view of different characters, sometimes without warning, the plot twists and turns while leading to a final, explosive showdown.
Who Might Like This?: Anyone who likes family drama with twists, turns, and some thrills thrown in.
If you like this, try this: Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Recommended by: Sue B, Circulation Coordinator
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