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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,646 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"
A Fantastical Librarian

"...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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I highly recommend this book if you like dark fantasy.
K. Sozaeva
I hope the author writes another book with these character--I have to know what happens next.
Natalie
DEADROADS is a tight paranormal thriller with outstanding characters and a chilling premise.
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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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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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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. But a situation years prior broke the family apart. Lutie is the daughter that was separated from her brothers Sol and Baz. Each has continued using their abilities in the mean time.

But Sol is on the hunt for a ghost killer that is targeting railroad lines. This ghost seems to be extra powerful and very determined to keep killing people. Thus all three siblings are going to have to work together, like they did as kids, to banish this ghost. But at the same time they have to get used to working with each other.

There is two parts to this book. The main part was what the siblings went through when they were younger. They have to learn to work together and get over the past. This is the heartwarming part of the story. The second part was the ghosts. I really liked these ghosts, they were very violent and not good for people to be around, especially if one is killing people. It was a refreshing take on ghosts since they seem to have become watered down in most stories.

I admit the beginning of the book is a little touch and go because the narration is a bit stilted between the siblings. Also the use of French, all though I understood why, made the book a bit challenging to get through. But everything smoothes out and starts flying from there.

This is a great ghost story or dark urban fantasy. I can’t wait for more books from Robin Riopelle
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