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Murder Road

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I'm going to pretend that this book doesn't exist so that Simone St. James has only written 5 star books for me.

I definitely feel like my lower rating is 100% a me thing. Looking at other reviews I'm actually excited that people devoured this book and loved it.

I personally found it to be repetitive and boring. The first half of the book was an easy 5 stars for me. I was captivated, it was spooky, and the mystery had me wanting more. The middle kind of went downhill and then the ending had me sighing because it just wasn't it.

I just didn't quite click with any of the characters and the writing felt very flat. The 90's references were way overdone and at what point is it enough? I think the ending wasn't exciting and didn't fit the vibe of where this book was going.

Again though, I think this is 100% a me thing.

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Unfortunately, this was not my favorite thriller. The storyline was okay, the characters were kind of interesting. But I mostly felt like it was just missing something the whole time. It also felt like it was far too rushed. There were moments were I thought it was getting pretty good, then it got cheesy and a bit disappointing. However, this is a book I will still recommend to patrons. I do understand not every book is for everyone. And I just didn't vibe with this particular book.

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This was creepy and twisty and I loved every page of it.

I don't want to spoil anything because it's fantastic the way it unfolds, but I will say that I loved these characters. Especially the way they loved each other.

Oh, and I could have read a million more pages of the Snell sisters.

**Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**

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It should come as no surprise that Simone St. James is one of my favorite authors, and I have been a long-time fan of the way she can mix a dash of romance with a supernatural thriller. Murder Road delivers on both counts, and it is made even creepier thanks to our mysterious ghost and the lack of technology. St. James takes us back to 1995 in this story, and it definitely made me feel a little nostalgic even though I will forever be grateful that now we have mobile phones with GPS at our fingertips. I loved April and Eddie, and they are a perfectly flawed couple trying to navigate this creepy mystery along with small-town mentalities.

Brittany Pressley is our narrator extraordinaire for the audiobook and I told the author at a recent book signing that she must never have anyone else narrate. Pressley is the cream of the crop when it comes to audiobook narrators, and she completely embodied and enhanced the storyline. Murder Road came SO close to being a 5-star read for me, but the driving factor behind a certain something just made absolutely no sense to me, and I was very disappointed with that part. I can’t say more than that due to spoilers but oh how I struggled. Otherwise, this was a smashing success and delivered on so many levels including shocking secrets and twists.

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Broken Girls and The Sundown Motel are Simone St. James's best books, in my opinion. Murder Road just didn't grab me like those did. The plot seemed disjointed for the first half of the book, and the characters seemed flat.

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When April and Eddie are on their way to a resort for their honeymoon, they stumble upon a hitchhiker. When they pick her up though, they realize she’s been stabbed. This starts a series of events that leads them to be murder suspects, but there is something more sinister happening in Cold Lake Falls. There are more unsolved hitchhiker deaths, and April and Eddie decide to get to the bottom of these mysterious instances with the help of a B&B owner and two teenage sisters. Simone St. James is back with another supernatural thriller, and like her others, it doesn’t disappoint. While the characters aren’t exactly likeable, readers will still find themselves rooting for them. This is a must read for St. James fans and mystery readers. What’s more mysterious than an abandoned, possibly haunted, road in the 1990’s?

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Short synopsis: April and her new husband Eddie find a hitchhiker on a deserted road headed to their honeymoon destination. When she dies in the hospital Eddie and April immediately become suspects.

My thoughts: I love how going into any St. James novel I know I’m going to have to suspend some belief, because there is usually some sort of supernatural/ghost element.

This was so fun and had me hooked from the first pages. I loved how April and Eddie’s not so perfect pasts, and the story of the Lost Girl unraveled… I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!

The spooky elements were done so well! I found myself holding my breath on behalf of the characters!

Read if you love
- Supernatural mysteries
- Small towns
- Atmospheric settings
- Time flashbacks
- Honeymoons gone wrong

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Simone St. James is quickly becoming an auto-buy author for me and this book (the third I've read by her) is no exception to that. She is very good at weaving together what should be a basic, realistic mystery/thriller and giving them spooky, paranormal twists. With this one, I was so sure I had it figured out, and then she made me doubt myself, only to then confirm my earlier suspicions had been correct - that made for quite a fun reading journey.

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I love Simone St. James, and this book solidified her as one of my favorite authors - every single book I've read by her hooks me almost immediately, and I INHALE her stories!

This story follows newlyweds Eddie and April on their to their honeymoon, when they stumble upon a hitchhiker with a stab wound. Things ramp up from there and never let go!

Wholeheartedly recommend. This book was SO good!

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Definitely give Murder Road a read if you're in the mood for a slower-paced mystery with sprinklings of paranormal elements! This was set in 1995 and I absolutely loved the 90's nostalgia combined with the questioning of the supernatural. If you've read and enjoyed this authors previous work, I think you'll enjoy this one as well.

Huge thank you to Netgalley and Berkley for my early review copy!

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**Review of "Murder Road" by Simone St. James**

"Murder Road" by Simone St. James is a novel that unfortunately falls into the 'did not finish' category for many readers. The premise—an eerie, suspense-laden road shrouded in mystery and past tragedy—starts promisingly enough, offering all the elements of a classic thriller that could keep readers glued to the pages. However, the execution doesn't quite hit the mark.

St. James is known for her ability to blend supernatural elements with chilling historical fiction, but in "Murder Road," the pacing seems off. The story begins slowly, and for some, it remains too meandering and fails to pick up speed. The initial chapters, crucial for grabbing attention, lack the immediate hooks necessary to draw readers deeply into the narrative.

Character development, often a strength in St. James' works, feels somewhat lacking here. The protagonists might come across as underdeveloped or not compelling enough to invest in emotionally, which can be a significant deterrent for those trying to push through the slower parts of the book.

Moreover, while St. James usually excels at atmospheric tension, here the setting and mood might not be engaging enough to overcome the plot's slower pace and thinner storyline. For readers who thrive on fast-paced, tightly plotted thrillers, "Murder Road" might seem to drag, leading to a lack of satisfaction and the decision not to finish the book.

Although "Murder Road" may have its admirers, particularly among those who appreciate a more leisurely and atmospheric storytelling style, it unfortunately does not manage to universally captivate. Potential readers might need a good dose of patience and a love for slow-burn narratives to find this road worth travelling.

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I love anything that Simone St. James writes and this was no exception. I enjoyed the nostalgia of the 90s setting, and definitely feel like it added to the creepiness factor. I was invested in the mystery and loved the relationship between the main characters. That being said, the side characters were perfection, and should anything happen to me, please find some real-life Snell sisters to seek me out, please and thank you. Also, I couldn't read it at night for fear of summoning the Lost Girl's face, so fair warning if you're a wimp like me.

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A young couple quickly become go from witness to suspects after rescuing an injured hitchhiker and taking her the hospital where she dies. While clearing their name, they find something more sinister might be happening on this road.

I enjoyed this book. It’s not my favorite Simone St James novel but I I found it interesting and it kept me wanting to know what happened next.

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This is a fast paced, paranormal thriller. I thought it was a nice little palate cleanser. I have to mix up my thrillers and romances! I read this one in a night and overall thought it was a lot of fun! Those that dot. Like ghost stories should maybe skip this one but I really enjoyed it.

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Murder Road by Simone St. James is a paranormal thriller novel with a decades old mystery at the heart of the story. The story is a nostalgic one being set almost thirty years ago in the year 1995 before the explosion of cell phones and social media giving it an even more ominous feel if possible.

April and Eddie have taken the plunge and gotten married and are heading to a small resort town in Michigan for their honeymoon when the find they’ve taken a wrong turn. Heading down a dark and deserted road they spot a hitchhiker in need of assistance and stop to help but before they know it April and Eddie find that the hitchhiker is bleeding and they are being chased by a strange truck.

As quickly as possible to get away from the dangerous truck and try to get help for the young woman April and Eddie head to the nearest town and hopefully to a hospital for help. April and Eddie soon find their good deed has gotten them into more trouble than just getting lost though when they are caught in the crosshairs of the Coldlake Falls police investigation after the young girl dies at the hospital.

Murder Road is not the first book I’ve read by author Simone St. James and it certainly won’t be the last with finding yet another winner with this latest read. The author is know for her creepy supernatural thrillers that slide into horror territory and I’m all for the mash up of genres that I found in Murder Road. The remote setting and eerie investigating had me hooked from the very start and again I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see how it would all unfold. Definitely a book and an author I recommend and will look forward to reading again and again myself.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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I always enjoy Simone St. James' books and this one was no exception.

A young, newly married couple finds themselves off course on the way to their honeymoon destination. Unsure of how they even ended up taking this detour, they come across a woman walking down a long, deserted stretch of road at night and offer her a ride. It isn't long after she gets in the car that she begins speaking nonsense and ultimately dies of severe wounds.

The couple are now suspects and stuck in town until they can clear their names, They begin to hear about other murdered hitchhikers and soon experience things that make no sense. It becomes clear that something drew them into town and doesn't want them to leave.

Overall this was a very good book. The characters were well-written and the descriptions of the town and the events that occurred were vivid. There were parts of the story that I felt were lacking and I would have liked to see just a little more scare factor. This is a good book for people who want something scary but don't want something terrifying, although I suppose that is subjective. Solid read for those who like paranormal mysteries.

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Thank you so much to Berkley, PRH Audio, and Netgalley for providing advanced copies of this! All thoughts and opinions are still my own.

Simone St. James is hands down my favorite thriller/mystery author. I love the way she incorporates paranormal elements into her stories. And they often revolve around wronged women getting revenge - which we love.

And all of that was in this book!

This book had one of the most unsettling intros I've read in a long while. It gave me vibes of Texas Chainsaw Massacre as these 2 drove down a dark, eerie roadside only to find an injured lost woman. And honestly this scene has STUCK with me. *shudders*

This leads them to get wrapped up in small town drama and a serial killing investigation.

On one had I loved the atmosphere and constant unsettling vibe of the small town. It's remote and since this is set in the 90's ,feels so cut off and isolated from the rest of the world. It really added to the stakes of the investigation since it truly felt like the couple couldn't escape.

I was just left feeling a little underwhelmed by the conclusion. The paranormal parts were horrifying (that scene in the car will also stay with me forever). But the ending didn't give me that same satisfied feeling as some St. James' other books.

However, I've seen SO many reviewers who loved the ending so take my opinion with a grain of salt. The endings of thrillers are so subjective and everyone enjoys different things.

If you're a thriller fan or Simone St James fan, definitely don't skip this one! And maybe read with the lights on.

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✨Murder Road by Simone St. James✨

Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 339

💫Thank you @berkleypub for my free copy #berkleypartner #berkley 💫

📚July 1995. April and Eddie have taken a wrong turn. They’re looking for the small resort town where they plan to spend their honeymoon. When they spot what appears to a lone hitchhiker along the deserted road, they stop to help. But not long after the hitchiker gets into their car, they see the blood seeping from her jacket and a truck barreling down Atticus Line after them.

When the hitchhiker dies at the local hospital, April and Eddie find themselves in the crosshairs of the Coldlake Falls police. Unexplained murders have been happening along Atticus Line for years and the cops finally have two witnesses who easily become their only suspects. As April and Eddie start to dig into the history of the town and that horrible stretch of road to clear their names, they soon learn that there is something supernatural at work, something that could not only tear the town and its dark secrets apart, but take April and Eddie down with it all.

📝Part ghost story, part mystery/thriller, this story takes the reader on a ride…unfortunately that ride is along murder road. (I’ve had too much coffee, forgive me💁🏻‍♀️)

I liked the story and it definitely kept me guessing. My only comment is about the genre. The book genre listed online is horror and I disagree with that classification. There are paranormal elements, but I wouldn’t go so far as saying horror.

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I loved the romance intertwined with the creepy and paranormal! I had the audio and the physical so I really felt immersed in the story. I wasn't a huge fan of Simone St. James' last work, but I enjoyed this one a lot more.

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Is there anything that this brilliant author writes that I don't love? It was such a treat to read, I am a huge fan of anything and everything supernatural and she delivered. I binged this book and bought a copy for my shelf.

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