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Review: Murder Road by Simone St. James

I finished Murder Road and immediately told my dad he should read it. This is a twisty, suspenseful murder mystery that combines small town dynamics and major secrets. Keep reading this book review of Murder Road for my full thoughts.


July 1995. April and Eddie have taken a wrong turn. They’re looking for the small resort town where they plan to spend their honeymoon. When they spot what appears to be a lone hitchhiker along the deserted road, they stop to help. But not long after the hitchhiker gets into their car, they see the blood seeping from her jacket and a truck barreling down Atticus Line after them.

When the hitchhiker dies at the local hospital, April and Eddie find themselves in the crosshairs of the Coldlake Falls police. Unexplained murders have been happening along Atticus Line for years and the cops finally have two witnesses who easily become their only suspects. As April and Eddie start to dig into the history of the town and that horrible stretch of road to clear their names, they soon learn that there is something supernatural at work, something that could not only tear the town and its dark secrets apart, but take April and Eddie down with it all.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

This is my first Simone St. James and this won’t be my last. Newly weds who help a hitchhiker and change their lives? Yes. But also newly weds who aren’t everything they seem who stumble into a small town and uncover a murder and urban legend? Even more so yes. Immediately eerie, I had to start reading this one only during the day. It’s a book full of secrets from start to finish. How well does someone really ever know someone? A parent, a lover, a child, a friend. And how much can we trust anyone?

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Murder Road feels like a book which straddles thrills and mystery and character dynamics. A book about this town’s dark secrets and hidden corners, but also about the secrets of April and Eddie. To remind us that we can’t always trust who we get to know. The ways small towns can stifle people, cover up crimes, and never answer questions. It asks us about the scars and wounds we inherit from our parents. Find Murder Road on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon,, & Blackwells.


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