Review: Mad River Road: A Novel

Mad River Road: A Novel
Mad River Road: A Novel by Joy Fielding
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Joy Fielding takes you across the country to Mad River Road, a journey that no one would want to actually take. I found Jamie to be a bit unbelieveable … here she was, well educated, yet she fell for a stranger at the drop of a hat, and she succumbed to his moods with such a niave neediness. Ralph, on the other hand, was a great portrayal of what a psychotic individual could be – Prince Charming one minute – the abuser the next – smooth talking liar eliciting sympathy to the weaker, needier person in the relationship. He was true evil personified.
And then, there were the women on Mad River Road, the little community of misfits, just trying to make do in life. Emma, who had closed off her life, with her big secrets, so large she moved around a lot, and told lies about where she had been and what she had done in her life. And Lily, the widow, who had had the perfect marriage. Both women had a little boy … either woman could have been the one Ralph was driving to Mad River Road to see, and kill.
In the end, the pages kept turning so that I could see if Jamie actually ever developed the guts to stand up to Ralph, and to see how Ralph would be stopped. The ending was definitely a surprise … but I did have my suspicions.
Mad River Road is worth the read if you love a good mystery to curl up with on a rainy day.

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