Rating: 5 ♥’s
Published: March 5, 2024
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Pages: 352

Description: A young couple find themselves haunted by a string of gruesome murders committed along an old deserted road in this terrifying new novel.
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 be a lone hitchhiker along the deserted road, they stop to help. But not long after the hitchhiker 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.

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited when I got the chance to review Simone St. James’s new book! I really enjoyed The Sun Down Motel and had wanted to read another of her books. Let me tell you I was not disappointed! It had been a long time since I had read a book that creeped me out like this one. I told my husband I shouldn’t be reading it before bed because I was creeped out. I was hooked right from the beginning. 

The plot was well done and kept me wanting to know what was going to happen and not put it down. First, you have the main random murders that are happening that are trying to be solved, but then on the side, you have April and Eddie’s backstories that also have some mystery involved. What was nice is that all of the mysteries flowed well together and you weren’t left bouncing back and forth and trying to figure out how it all works together. I liked that this book had action, mystery, and some supernatural parts to it. 

The characters were well written and I was invested in what happened to them. I was rooting for them to be able to work through everything that happened to them on their honeymoon and have a happy ending. The side characters were also well written, some of them even had some mystery about them as well that was fun to learn about. I found myself going this person must be involved in this somehow and then going wait no they surely aren’t! It is nice when a book has side characters that help move the story along and you are invested in them as well. 

I definitely would recommend this book and can’t wait to read more of her books. 

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