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Murder Road by Simone St. James

Murder Road

by Simone St. James

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1995. Simpler times, amirite? Wrong. Not in this remote town. Here nothing’s simple as it seems and murder abounds.

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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.

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That July night seemed full of possibility, with the empty highway stretching out before us. I had just woken up from a nap in the passenger seat, my head foggy as I remembered where we were. I took off my flip-flops and pulled my bare legs up, crossing them and running my hands through my hair. The digital clock on the dash said it was two in the morning, and the road didn’t look like the same road we’d been on when I fell asleep. I wondered where we were going. There was no way I would fall asleep again.

“We’re lost,” I said.

Eddie glanced over at me from the driver’s seat. “I don’t think so. We took a wrong exit, that’s all. I’ll get us back on the interstate.”

I looked out the window at the narrow country road, lined with dark trees, and thought we were definitely lost—but the truth was, I didn’t care. I was riding at night in Eddie Carter’s Pontiac, which had a front seat like a sofa. It was July of 1995 and I was twenty-six years old. I was here because Eddie and I were on our honeymoon. We had been married just over twenty-four hours.

We were headed for a motel that was a cluster of cabins on the shore of Lake Michigan. We’d budgeted enough money to stay exactly five nights. We planned to swim, play Scrabble, barbecue burger patties on the rusty charcoal grill, drink half-warm beer from a cooler, swim some more, then go to bed.

Repeat five times, and then we’d make our way home to the small apartment we rented together in Ann Arbor, and Eddie would go back to work fixing cars and I’d go to my job at the bowling alley. We’d both go to work every day, then we’d come home and have dinner that was probably one of six kinds of sandwich, and then we’d go to bed. Repeat every day, forever.

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Why I love it

I’ve always loved books that toe the line between the paranormal world and reality. Is that ghost real? Or is it a trick of the eye? Is the house actually haunted? Or is there a more logical explanation? It creates a more psychological read that leaves even the most seasoned reader second-guessing themselves.

It is 1995, and newlyweds April and Eddie are on their way to their honeymoon in a small resort town. The only problem is that somewhere along the way they seem to have taken a wrong turn. While trying to find their way back, they come across a lone hitchhiker in need of assistance along a highway called Atticus Line. Not long after they’ve picked her up, they realize that she has been attacked and is bleeding from her stomach. When the hitchhiker dies at a local hospital, Eddie and April’s honeymoon gets derailed once again as they become prime suspects in a string of unexplainable murders that have happened along Atticus Line over the years. As they work to clear their names, April and Eddie will start to question if there is something more sinister at play that could put them in even more danger.

Simone St. James has easily become one of my go-to authors when I want a suspense-filled, nail-biting read and Murder Road delivers on both fronts. If you’re anything like me, you will be reading Murder Road late into the night, unable to put it down.

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Member ratings (3,174)

  • Jacquelyn T.

    Haines City , FL

    🔪 𝕸𝖚𝖗𝖉𝖊𝖗 𝕽𝖔𝖆𝖉 𝖇𝖞 @simonestjames 🔪 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 339 pages ✨𝕸𝖞 𝕽𝖊𝖛𝖎𝖊𝖜: Simone St. James never disappoints! I just love her books! I was hooked to this story from the very first c

  • Jessica S.

    Stafford Springs, CT

    Started off super slow for me and almost DNFed… soooo beyond happy I didn’t. I see why she dedicated this book to people that are told they read too much because what a flawless horror/thriller. 5 ⭐️

  • Selena M.

    Ashtabula , OH

    This is a paranormal murder mystery more than a thriller. It was very character driven with 90’s horror vibe. Simone’s books are easy to read & binge. Her books may start off slow but it’s a fun time!

  • Betsy B.

    Hampstead , MD

    I love all of Simone St. James’s books, but I think this is my favorite. Thank you to the BOM for allowing me to discover her stories. I read “The Sundown Motel” when it was offered and was smitten.

  • Kim B.

    Spokane, WA

    I never read the synopsis on this author’s books and I’m never disappointed. I can count on St. James to write a tightly plotted mystery and spook me GOOD! Loved this one, might be my favorite of hers

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