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Deadroads: A Novel of Supernatural Suspense Paperback – April 15, 2014
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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."
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"Vividly drawn [...] maintains a nice pace with more than a few surprises along the way."
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"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.”
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not your average horror story and it's that and the wonderfully complicated but wholly pure relationship between the characters that make it a gem...Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful, intensely imagined and gorgeously written road trip from Louisiana to Ottawa by way of the afterlife. Well worth the journey.Published 1 month ago by Martha Taylor
Interesting twist on the NOLA ghost hunter. Kept me guessing though I did anticipate the no so happy ending. Read morePublished 2 months ago by agalwholuvsdogs
I took me awhile to get in to and for the most part it was interesting and thought provoking. At times the story drug a bit and I'd skip over that til the story caught again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donna J. Schur
It was an extremely interesting read. If you enjoy paranormal suspense then this book is for you. I loved the mix of deep south with the Midwest.Published 2 months ago by lys432001
The Sarrazins aren’t like any other family, by far. Sol, the elder son was raised to become a traiteur, a kind of healer who sends restless spirits into the next life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Benoit Chartier
really loved this book , it kept me reading but it feels like a sequel should follow at least I hope so. will be looking for future work from this authorPublished 11 months ago by iya
"Deadroads" is a different take on the supernatural with interesting characters, a frightening antagonist, and a complex plot. Read morePublished 18 months ago by bonnie_blu
This story follows the Sarrazin family. They live in the Bayou and have various abilities to interact with ghosts to get them to move on. Read morePublished 19 months ago by JBronder Book Reviews