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Deadroads [Kindle Edition]

Robin Riopelle
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Book Description

The Sarrazins have always stood apart from the rest of their Bayou-born neighbors. Almost as far apart as they prefer to stand from each other. Blessed—or cursed—with the uncanny ability to see beyond the spectral plain, Aurie has raised his children, Sol, Baz, and Lutie, in the tradition of the traiteur, finding wayward spirits and using his special gift to release them along Deadroads into the afterworld. The family, however, fractured by their clashing egos, drifted apart, scattered high and low across the continent.

But tragedy serves to bring them together. When Aurie, while investigating a series of ghastly (and ghostly) murders, is himself killed by a devil, Sol, EMT by day and traiteur by night, Baz, a travelling musician with a truly spiritual voice, and Lutie, combating her eerie visions with antipsychotics, are thrown headlong into a world of gory spirits, brilliant angels, and nefarious demons—small potatoes compared to reconciling their familial differences.

From the Louisiana swamps to the snowfields of the north and everywhere in between, Deadroads summons you onto a mysterious trail of paranormal proportions.


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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (September 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H128HV4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book, so happy to see it finally released! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good horror/urban fantasy blend! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, compelling, and emotionally complex 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
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 author
Published 24 days ago by iya
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Tale and Interesting Characters
"Deadroads" is a different take on the supernatural with interesting characters, a frightening antagonist, and a complex plot. Read more
Published 8 months ago by bonnie_blu
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ghost Story - Can't wait to read more from Robin Ripoelle!
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 more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadroads by Robin Riopelle
The Sarrazin family has a gift – or curse. They are connected to the dead…Aurie is a traiteur and sends spirits stuck on Earth to their rest along the Deadroads and Mireille is a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, But Very Good
This book was very different, but a really good ghost story. I liked the family (brothers and sister) and I hope the author continues on with another story about them. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Read It All
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, haunting, with characters you care about
Beautifully crafted, with imaginative descriptions that *almost* made me want to stop and re-read the sentences and savor the imagery. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ahr7542
5.0 out of 5 stars Finishing this book at 1:30 a.m., when wake-up is 5:30
I enjoyed this book enormously. I had trouble putting it down--hence my late night the morning before I have to be on the road by six. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great story! Beaucoup good! Highly recommend!
It's been a while since a story captivated me like this one, and in so many different ways. First, there's the main characters, the Sarrazin family; Maman Mireille, Papa Aurie,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Joan R Hembree
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