Reef Road: A Novel

Narrated by:
Saskia Maarleveld
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Ratings
Book
4
Narrator
1
Release Date
January 2023
Duration
8 hours 58 minutes
Summary
When a severed hand washes ashore in the wealthy enclave of Palm Beach, Florida, the lives of two women—a lonely writer obsessed with the unsolved murder of her mother’s best friend and a panicked wife whose husband has disappeared with their children—collide as the world shutters in the pandemic lockdown of 2020.

A young woman’s life seems perfect until her family goes missing. A writer lives alone with her dog and collects arcane murder statistics. What each of them stands to lose as they sneak around the do-not-enter tape blocking Reef Road beach is exposed by the steady tightening of the cincture encircling them.

In a nod to the true crime that inspired it, Deborah Goodrich Royce’s Reef Road probes unhealed generational scars in a wrenching and original work of fiction. It is both stunning and sexy and, like a bystander surprised by a curtain left open, you won’t be able to look away.
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Mary B.

Interesting. A little overly self-aware. Some bizarre decisions. I stayed interested until the end.

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Sonofnothing

Narrarator is OK. Book is not well written. It's very possible to jump back and forth in time like a Tarantino film, but this book feels like all of the ideas and rough drafts were thrown on the floor, picked up how they lay and published. There certainly must be better ways to describe ones loss of self or soul than directly comparing the alien comandeering of a human body to a movie starring Johnny Depp, but I guess that would be more work than it's worth. Who needs prose anyway?There's a lot of talk about his or her uncle or brother or mother, but really no connection to any of whom might or might not be pivotal to the story. Layout roughly as follows;Prologue Part 1Part 2 - chapter 1Chapter 2 - writer's thoughts Part 3Chapter 1chapter 2 - writers thoughts. This doesn't make for some cunning or groundbreaking writing, but is messy and unpleasant. Another VIP credit in the bin. DNF

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