Dear Savvy Readers,
Picture this. You open a book and this is the first thing you read:
“I never meant to kill my brother. I never set out to hate my father. I never dreamed I would bury my own son. Nor could I have imagined that I could betray the childhood friend who saved my life, or win a Pulitzer Prize for telling a lie.”
That’s a strong beginning if I’ve ever seen one. I immediately wanted to read more. Not to mention the next thing you’re reading is the first-person perspective of a man getting murdered. And Cemetery Road by Greg Iles just gets stronger from there.
Crammed into that opening are hints at everything this thrilling book contains: crime, heartbreak, grief and intensely complicated relationships. You’re in for a roller coaster of emotion which will give you lots to think about.
Marshall McEwan, well-known DC journalist, returns to his Mississippi hometown to care for his terminally ill father and face the unfinished business of his past. But by the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth about his own history, he would give almost anything not to have to face it.
On arrival, he finds Bienville, Mississippi very much changed. His family’s 150-year-old newspaper is failing; and Jet Turner, the love of his youth, has married into the family of Max Matheson, one of a dozen powerful patriarchs who rule the town through the exclusive Bienville Poker Club. To Marshall’s surprise, the Poker Club has taken a town on the brink of extinction and offered it salvation, in the form of a billion-dollar Chinese paper mill. But on the verge of the deal being consummated, two murders rock Bienville to its core, threatening far more than the city’s economic future.
The story unravels alongside murder, secrets and corruption that could shake the foundations of the U.S. Senate.
Full disclosure Savvy Readers, I read most of this book on the train to my hometown…at night…in a deserted railcar. 10/10, would recommend for those seeking extra thrills.