Sorrow Road

Julia Keller. Minotaur, $25.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-250-08958-8
At the start of Keller’s lukewarm fifth Bell Elkins novel (after 2015’s Last Ragged Breath), the West Virginia prosecutor gets a glimpse of the road not taken when she meets law school classmate Darlene Strayer for a drink in a rundown bar. Though the women grew up in similar circumstances, Bell, “who had seemed destined for a glittering career in a big city,” has ended up in an obscure small town, and misfit Darlene went on to become a celebrated federal prosecutor. But now Darlene needs Bell’s help. Darlene’s father, Harmon, died the week before, but despite his advanced years, she feels guilt about his passing. In recent months, Harmon was bothered about something he wouldn’t disclose, and his daughter believes it was connected with his death. Darlene’s fears seem more credible to Bell when Darlene ends up the victim of a car crash. Keller writes well, but a soap opera of a subplot involving Bell’s daughter, who has returned home with a secret, distracts from the main narrative. Author tour. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/27/2016
Release date: 08/23/2016
Genre: Fiction
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