Murder Road

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by Simone St. James

Publication Date: March 5, 2024
Publisher: Berkley
Hardcover: 352 Pages

Publisher Description

A young couple find themselves haunted by a string of gruesome murders committed along an old deserted road in this terrifying new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Cold Cases.

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.

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About the author

Simone St. James is the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel, The Broken Girls, and The Book of Cold Cases. She spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time.

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“Simone St. James is known for brilliantly mixing thriller elements with supernatural mayhem, and Murder Road her most recent novel, offers readers plenty of both…Fast, chilling, entertaining, unexpectedly touching, and with two broken, memorable characters at its core, this might be St. James’s best novel yet.”- The New York Times Book Review

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“Buckle up for a grisly ride… there’s more going on than meets the eye.” — People

“St. James’s (The Book of Cold Cases) intricate plot skillfully mixes gumshoe detective work with unexpected supernatural chills, not to mention winning characters that easily earn readers’ affection. This highly recommended title will thrill fans of St. James’s work and earn new ons along the way.” – Library Journal, starred review

“From its nerve-shredding start to its thrilling end, MURDER ROAD steers the reader down creepy backroads, past urban legends so vivid you’d swear they were true, and into the marriage of two damaged souls you can’t help but root for. Part love story, part campfire tale, it’s a trip well worth taking.” — Riley SagerNew York Times bestselling author of The Only One Left

“As creepy and unsettling as a rain-faded wreath and teddy bear found by the side of the road to mark a missing person, Murder Road lingers like a ghost long after it’s finished.”—Grady Hendrix, New York Times bestselling author of How to Sell a Haunted House

“From its terrifying opening to its jaw-dropping conclusion, this thriller has it all–small town secrets, ominous dark deeds after midnight, and a young couple desperate to learn the truth before it costs them their very lives.  You will follow this shocking road to its climatic end!” —Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Still See You Everywhere




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