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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597805130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597805131
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Deadroads is an amusement park of the undead: ghosts, killers (and killed), demons abound. Robin Riopelle remembers to keep the dark fantasy nice and dark."
—Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist

"Moves deftly between the flashbacks of three children growing up in southern swampland (here Bayou Country in the 1990s) and contemporary scenes of the hunt for an uncanny serial killer [...] Riopelle knows what she's doing."
—Faren Miller, Locus

"Vividly drawn [...] maintains a nice pace with more than a few surprises along the way."
Monsters & Critics

"Entertaining, its mystery compelling, but it was also far more emotionally complex than I’d expected [...] If you enjoy supernatural fantasy and a good ghost story then Robin Riopelle’s debut Deadroads should suit you to a tee"
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"...a vivid, languorous, chilling tale of the supernatural."
—Linda Poitevin, author of the Grigori Legacy series

“A ghost story more haunting than most, about a family more haunted than most. […] Dangerously easy to sink into.”
—Kate Heartfield, writer and editor

About the Author

Robin Riopelle was born and raised on Canada’s west coast. In addition to writing fiction for adults, she is also an illustrator for children’s books. Deadroads is her first novel. Riopelle lives in Canada.

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The writing was likewise vivid, beautiful.
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I hope the author writes another book with these character--I have to know what happens next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on March 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy/Dark Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of dark fantasy, horror, beautiful writing
Book Available: (April 2, 2013) March 17, 2014 for Kindle
Trigger Warnings: murder

My Thoughts: The characters from this story are from Louisiana, and some of the dialogue is done in Cajun, French and Acadian, and/or in a proper Louisiana bayou dialect, which is really neat, even if I didn't necessarily understand everything the characters were saying in those sections. However, I did recognize the word pattern, and I have the Sookie Stackhouse books to thank for that. Funny, that.

Riopelle does a great job with characterization. Her characters are really vivid, created with broad strokes, but enough details to bring them to life for the reader. The writing was likewise vivid, beautiful. I sat with my eyes wide open, just drinking them in. A really talented author, and one whose upcoming works I will definitely be watching for. Yes, this amazing book is her debut novel, and what a debut! I literally forced myself to read it as slowly as possible, to absorb the words, the cadence, the whole thing.

I have this listed as dark fantasy, because it's not quite horror, but... without going into spoilers, don't expect a happy ending. This is dark fantasy, but so beautifully done. I highly recommend this book if you like dark fantasy. This book is scheduled for release on (April 2, 2013) March 27, 2014 (Please note: obviously the release was delayed, much to my dismay, but finally you can read this amazing book yourself!) from Night Shade books, so definitely be on the lookout for it.

Disclosure: I received an e-galley from Night Shade Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ria (Bibliotropic) on July 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A complex and broken family. Ghosts, and different ways of dealing with them. Attempts to live a normal life despite being anything but normal. Combine this with a dark and nuanced writing style that reads very much like classic narrative mixed with a healthy dose of stream-of-consciousness, and what you come out with is a novel that is unique and stands out from a lot of urban fantasy and paranormal plots currently seen on the bookshelves today. It’s an understated novel, one that works its subtleties on you and pulls you in slowly, quietly, until you’re too entangled in the story and the brilliantly real characters to even want to pull yourself away.

It’s the characters that make the book come alive most of all. You’ve got Sol, trying to balance his EMT job with his ability and duty to banish ghosts, hard and bitter but still the epitome of the protective big brother. Baz, carefree and an amazing singer, the only one in his family who is incapable of seeing ghosts but instead has a connection to something even more incredible. And Lutie, separated from the male members of her family from a young age, adopted into another family after her mother’s death, able to bind spirits rather than banish them. The siblings haven’t been a family in years, have lived very different lives, and when the circumstances of their father’s death draw them to have to work together, it’s understandably tense and awkward. The narrative from the perspectives of each of the characters is unique, and the aspect of stream-of-consciousness observation that comes into it fits perfectly.

The plot starts off fairly simple, a supernatural murder mystery that slowly draws the family back together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada on June 13, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Robin Riopelle's Deadroads was an inordinate amount of fun. There was plenty of creepiness and conflicted emotions and relationship difficulties between the characters, but on finishing the book what remained was the sheer enjoyment I got out of reading the book. Featuring a family of traiteurs - essentially ghost whisperers - the story is built upon its protagonists. They are what make this novel so enjoyable. Deadroads portrays the tension of being of two worlds in several different layers. There's the obvious one - being able to see ghosts or not - but there is also Lutie's being suddenly confronted with her birth family, while having been raised in a very different foster family. Lastly there is the difference between the Cajun heritage on their father's side and the Acadian heritage on their mother's side.

The first sibling we meet is the youngest, Lutie. First seen in a flashback in which she exposes her mother's secret bonding of a ghost, after which her mother takes her and leaves her husband and sons behind, Lutie is very much the outsider of the three. The only girl, raised away from her brothers up in Canada, she's a traumatised young woman when we next see her. Her struggle with her abilities to see ghosts and the attendant ramifications was fascinating. Her foster parents have her take anti-psychotics so she won't see the ghosts, yet Lutie feels that this is not the solution. She can't square the different schools of thought regarding ghosts her parents adhered to; her father finding the binding of ghosts amoral and dangerous and her mother seeing it as the only way to be safe from other ghosts. Lutie has a lot of anger due to feeling abandoned by her entire family and this unprocessed anger plays a large role in how her gift manifests.
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