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Road to Nowhere Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
In his savvy sophomore suspense novel, former indie bookseller Robertson (The Heir) uses multiple points of view to set up a seemingly innocuous story line—the proposal to build a road—that will keep readers glued. Octogenarian Joe Esterhouse has served enough decades on the Jefferson County, NC., Board to smell a rat, and something disturbs him about a proposal to bring Gold River Highway over the mountain into tiny Wardsville. Board members are dying and nothing is what it seems on the surface. Self-interest threatens to override the common good, and what is truth and what is perceived to be truth become nebulous. Robertson creates some of the most engaging characters and relationships encountered in faith fiction: Joe is a genuine sage, and other characters are no less captivating. Although the rapid-fire point of view changes are reminiscent of a novice stick-shift driver (and threaten whiplashlike confusion early on), once readers get the rhythm they will be compelled along. This top-notch offering features genuine humor, clever writing, a surprise ending and a strong portrayal of evil's power that doesn't succumb to clichéd violence. It deserves a wide audience. (Apr.)
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"Robertson's descriptions and dialogue speak with authority.... Road to Nowhere is a really well-written story." -- Jae Anderson, 1340MagBooks.com
"genuine humor, clever writing, a surprise ending and a strong portrayal of evil's power that doesn't succumb to clichéd violence." -- Publishers Weekly
"... a novel about a road--and murder, suspense, and intrigue--that is at turns funny, engaging, and thoroughly engrossing." -- 5MinutesforBooks.com
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Top customer reviews
The controversial project divides the county. Longtime board member Joe Esterhouse has always hoped the road would someday be built, but he is troubled by the timing, especially when two board members who support the road die under mysterious circumstances. Who is behind the state's offer, and what really caused these deaths?
This absorbing novel follows the story of Jefferson County and the proposed road through 2006, as seen through the eyes of the Board's five members. Suspense builds as the big vote approaches. This is the third of Robertson's novels that I have read. All are masterfully written and have well-drawn characters.
The difficulty I had with the book was the formatting on the Kindle. The scene changed frequently, from place to place or one family to another. There were no symbols, asterisks, or even spacing to indicate that the scene had changed. I just had to read carefully to see where we were now, but the book was worth the effort.
The mystery of the mountain and the Warrior is the biggest downfall. It seems very out of place. There is an air of mystery about it throughout the entire story, but it left me lacking in the end with no real grasp of a meaning or answer.
The story is told from multiple points of view and the characters are a nice mix of those you will love, hate and few who are down right odd. But all in all, it's an enjoyable read. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end.