Sorrow Road

Sorrow Road

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"From the small towns of Appalachia they came, the young men who joined the fight for liberty in World War II. Now they are elderly, and some of them--like Harmon Strayer, father of prosecutor Bell Elkins's former law school classmate--suffer from Alzheimer's. When Harmon dies in an Alzheimer's care facility from what appear to be natural causes, Bell confronts a mystery that brims with questions about memory, grief and the lethal cost of burying the past. During a winter of record snow and cold, Bell and the people of Acker's Gap, West Virginia, face isolation and hardship--and the threat from a killer who preys upon the old and the sick and the helpless"--

McMillan Palgrave

In 1944, three young men from a small town in West Virginia are among the American forces participating in D-Day, changing the fortunes of the war with one bold stroke. How is that moment aboard a Navy ship as it barrels toward the Normandy shore related to the death of an old man in an Appalachian nursing home seventy-two years later?

In Sorrow Road, the latest mystery from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Julia Keller, two stories—one set in the turbulent era of World War II and one in the present day—are woven together to create a piercingly poignant tale of memory and family, of love and murder.

Bell Elkins, prosecuting attorney in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia, is asked by an old acquaintance to look into the death of her beloved father in an Alzheimer’s care facility. Did he die of natural causes—or was something more sinister to blame? And that’s not the only issue with which Bell is grappling: Her daughter Carla has moved back home. But something’s not right. Carla is desperately hiding a secret.

Once again, past and present, good and evil, and revenge and forgiveness clash in a riveting story set in the shattered landscape of Acker’s Gap, where the skies can seem dark even at high noon, and the mountains lean close to hear the whispered lament of the people trapped in their shadow.

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When Alzheimer's patients start dying at alarming rates at a West Virginia nursing home, Bell Elkins's sister goes undercover to investigate links between the case and the fates of three young soldiers who participated in the D-Day invasion.
When Alzheimer patients start dying at alarming rates at a West Virginia nursing home, Bel Elkins's sister goes undercover to investigate links between the case and the fates of three young Navy soldiers who participated in the D-Day invasion. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bitter River.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2016
ISBN: 9781250089588
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY KEL
Characteristics: 354 p. ;,25 cm.


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Aug 17, 2017

Kind of a disjointed story. At times it can be difficult to sort out the characters as well as the action. The story itself didn't make much sense.
The author also saw the need for "social justice" lessons that didn't really fit in or add to the plot. I have noticed this type of thing more and more in contemporary novels, almost like the author is trying too hard to be politically correct but doesn't quite pull it off.
I wouldn't recommend this book.

Nov 30, 2016

I have liked all of the Julie Keller books but I got a bit bored with this one toward the end. Too many characters and story lines going on. I finally just flipped to the final chapter to see "who done it".

Sep 24, 2016

The author sure doesn't have much respect for elderly people! Some of the terms she uses are quite offensive. Also -7 degrees is not that cold.

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