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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425243346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425243343
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Demented . . . Maliciously cunning . . . This scary thriller . . . Ratchets up a high level of dread. --Publishers Weekly

Irresistibly creepy. Reminiscent of classic thrillers . . . from "Psycho" to "Deliverance, " "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" to "Nightmare on Elm Street" -- and not since "Lord of the Flies" have we seen children at the mercy of such meanness from their own kind. --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The book unravels with such an unstoppable momentum that cautious as you may be, and as far back as you may stand, you're still going to be stung. -- Jedidiah Ayres, B&N Ransom Notes

Unsettling suspense and chilling tone . . . A disturbing (in a good way) coming-of-age story with one of the creepiest characters to inhabit my imagination in a while - a paralyzed man with "a distinctively reptilian appearance" who might be the devil on Eden Road. --Carole Barrowman, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Grisly Suspense . . . Unimaginable horror. --Kirkus Reviews

Absolutely pitch-perfect . . . Deserving of a place on shelves alongside the all-time classic coming of age stories ever written. --Elizabeth A. White, The Florida Times-Union

About the Author

Grant Jerkins is the critically acclaimed author of A Very Simple Crime and has worked for ten years advocating for adults with developmental disabilities. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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You have to admire the purity of Jerkins's writing: He's determined to peer into the darkness and tell us exactly what he sees.
--THE WASHINGTON POST

Grant Jerkins is the author of THE NINTH STEP and AT THE END OF THE ROAD. Winner of the Writers Network Screenplay and Fiction Competition (the Fade In Awards), his first novel, A VERY SIMPLE CRIME, was selected from well over two-thousand entries to take the top honors, and has since been optioned for film.

Grant lives with his wife and son in the Atlanta area.

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I could not put it down and read the book in one day!!
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It seems like everyone has that one special summer, that point that marks the separation between the carefree days of childhood and the burdens of adulthood.
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It has a family---good people whose lives are terribly changed or damaged.
Beverly Snider

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. White on November 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
In the summer of 1976 ten-year-old Kyle Edwards was one of millions of Americans who celebrated a landmark birthday for our nation. Looking back, however, Kyle realizes that summer also held a landmark death for him, that of his innocence. A typical boy in rural Georgia, Kyle's daily activities include helping harvest peanuts and sweet potatoes, playing in the corn fields, and riding his bike with abandon up and down the dirt road in front of his house. While out riding his bike one afternoon Kyle causes an accident when he speeds around a blind curve right into the path of an oncoming car. Veering sharply to avoid hitting him, the car flips repeatedly, coming to rest on its side. Kyle watches in horror as a bloody young woman emerges from the vehicle, stumbling toward him.

Terrified of the potential consequences of having caused the accident, Kyle flees to his house, hoping in that foolish way young kids do that if he doesn't say anything it will all go away. And it seems to, because the woman he expects to stumble up to the door any minute never arrives. Stranger still, when he gets the courage to ride out to the accident scene the following morning there is no trace of the woman or the car. Little could Kyle possibly know that his trouble wasn't over, it had only just begun.

When he and his Wonder Woman obsessed younger sister, Grace, accidentally start a fire which consumes over 100 acres Kyle makes his second bad decision of the summer, convincing Grace they should lie about having been anywhere near the fire, let alone being responsible for starting it. Unbeknownst to him there was a witness, one who has more in mind than simply turning the kids in to the police.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lee Barrett on November 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
You may have read a few stories from the deep, rural South. Cornfield scattered, sweet tea refreshing reads full of charm. This book is tragic to the end, and horrifying in its sharp cutting through childhood bravery and well-hidden evil. If you are a fan of twisted plots or want to give thoughtfully written horror a try, grab a copy. I dare you to drive down a dusty Georgia road, pull over and read it in one sitting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John B. Goode TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is my second Grant Jerkins book. I liked his first book a lot and after reading it decided to get this one too. When I looked at my review of his first book I found that a lot of my same feelings applied here.

First, the book is a little disjointed, going back and forth in time and events, but that's ok as it all tied together at the end. It's just his writing style and something to get used to. Some parts of the book are not really tied to the main story but in a way adds to the feel of the book. I'm happy to say that his writing is easy to read and follow so it's not an additional burden to the above.

Regarding the story, I'd have to say it's pretty gross and disturbing (I think the same words I used in my first review). Because of that, I was only give to give this book 4 stars. However, I thought that if this is the intended effect of the author, then this book deserves the full 5 stars, because I shouldn't allow my personal feelings to affect and mark down a perfectly good book that delivers it's intended effect. I'm not going to spoil the story except to say that it's about a woman who gets into a car accident and the events that surround and follow it.

Overall, I liked his writing a lot, but I didn't like the feeling of being grossed out so I may not read any future books of his. But anyone who loves horror stories should definitely check out his books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Snider on November 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Finished reading Grant Jerkins' AT THE END OF THE ROAD (Fiction):

This is not the usual type book that I read, but I'm drop dead speechless after finishing the book. It is a wonderful novel.

From the opening words, the reader knows bad things are going to happen. If you remember Lucille Fletcher's THE HITCHHIKER, this book has that same great foreshadowing of events. Orson Wells would be right at home with Jerkins' book.

There are so many different levels to the story. It has sweetness---the enduring love between siblings. It has a family---good people whose lives are terribly changed or damaged. It has evil. The paralyzed man is an unforgettable character. Grant Jerkins has a rich and insightful perspective into evil.

The book is so southern. I loved the interjection of Soap Sally, and his use of nature adds a subtle layer to the story. (I'm staying out of the cornfield.)

If you want to have a darned good and exciting few hours of reading, this is your book. Above all else, you will never forget how evil manipulated the children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe on February 29, 2012
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Having thoroughly enjoyed both Jerkins's debut novel, A Very Simple Crime, and At the End of the Road, I am now a fan and glad to have caught him at the beginning of his career. Downloading new releases from him on my Kindle is now a no-brainer for me. Mr. Jerkins is an outstanding writer of crime fiction, and I urge you to hop on board if you're looking for a new author to discover. End of the Road features a car accident gone wrong (and the aftermath) involving young Kyle Edwards in the 1970s. I won't say more than that so as not to spoil anything and (because people here on Amazon don't get that a review should not be a plot summary!!). It's a true pager turner that you will enjoy if you like dark mysteries. If I'm required to nitpick, I would say that his debut novel was slightly better, but this is certianly a great one.
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