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Reservation Road

A cycle of violence and retribution is set in motion as two haunted men are engulfed by the emotions surrounding an unexpected and horrendous death.

Ethan, a respected professor at a small New England college, is wracked by an obsession for revenge that threatens to tear his family apart. Dwight, fleeing his crime yet hoping to get caught, wrestles with overwhelming guilt and his sense of obligation to his son. As these two men’s lives unravel, Reservation Road moves to its startling conclusion. This is an astonishing tale of love and loss, rage and redemption, that is as suspenseful as it is emotionally compelling.


“Haunting… A powerful and affecting novel.”
—The New York Times
“A dark and irresistible miracle: a heartbreaking thriller.”
—Los Angeles Times
“A triumph… character-driven as it is, it reads like a thriller, swift and complete.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Thrums with suspense and moral ambiguity… This is one of those rare—very rare—novels that you don’t so much read as inhabit and that makes everyday life seem altogether mysterious.”
—Entertainment Weekly
“So beautifully written and compelling that you can’t will yourself to put it down.”
—The Denver Post
“This book possesses a conclusion of such power that it would be a literary crime to reveal it.”
—USA Today