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Lori Roy and Bent Road

March 21, 2011 By: larramiefg Category: Book Presentations, Books

Lori Roy’s spellbinding voice tells the suspenseful tale of her debut novel, Bent Road, coming to online retailers and your local bookstore on Thursday, March 31, 2011. And, although Bent Road runs through a small town in Kansas, this is far from the Kansas which Dorothy and Toto wished to return to.

Ironically, though, location has everything to do with the story. In fact the idea for the novel came to the author as a setting, explained and illustrated in the January 24, 2011 blog post, Never a Good Answer. Please take a look because Lori writes:

“One of the questions I am often asked, for which I really have no good answer is…Where did you get the idea for BENT ROAD? It would be simple if I could point to a single newspaper article or recount an old family story passed through the generations. But I can’t. The truth is, I don’t know where the idea came from, but I do know where it began. It began with setting. So today, I thought I’d share a few pictures taken from the setting that inspired BENT ROAD.”

Next came the cast of characters — the Scott family, their extended family, and neighbors. The young children, Eve-ie and Daniel, appeared to the author first with Arthur, their father, the slowest to develop. Eventually all the characters became clearly defined as their personal story unfolded with the plot. And that storyline evolved into the book’s synopsis:

For twenty years, Celia Scott has watched her husband, Arthur, hide from the secrets surrounding his sister Eve’s death. As a young man, Arthur fled his small Kansas hometown, moved to Detroit, married Celia, and never looked back. But when the 1967 riots frighten him even more than his past, he convinces Celia to pack up their family and return to the road he grew up on, Bent Road, and that same small town where Eve mysteriously died.

While Arthur and their oldest daughter slip easily into rural life, Celia and the two younger children struggle to fit in. Daniel, the only son, is counting on Kansas to make a man of him since Detroit damn sure didn’t. Eve-ee, the youngest and small for her age, hopes that in Kansas she will finally grow. Celia grapples with loneliness and the brutality of life and death on a farm.

And then a local girl disappears, catapulting the family headlong into a dead man’s curve. . . .

On Bent Road, a battered red truck cruises ominously along the prairie; a lonely little girl dresses in her dead aunt’s clothes; a boy hefts his father’s rifle in search of a target; a mother realizes she no longer knows how to protect her children. It is a place where people learn: Sometimes killing is the kindest way.

This Book Trailer is worth well more than a thousand words:

(If the video doesn’t appear on your monitor, please view it here).

The outstanding Praise and Reviews are worthy of attention. And there is also a brief Excerpt of Chapter 1 to begin your travels on Bent Road.

Have any goosebumps or is your heartbeat a bit faster? Indeed this remarkable novel causes those side effects without any trickery. For Lori Roy, with taut and exact prose, tells of normal and mundane life on a farm. There is baking and cooking, snow being cleared, and children forgetting to lock the cow within a gated enclosure. It’s real and believable, including Arthur’s reluctance to share what he knows of his sister’s death. But there are many other secrets being kept by those on Bent Road and — whether true or merely rumors — they lurk in the shadows and seep into the reader’s imagination. With each page turned, one anticipates the horror that is certain to appear.

However, when the frightening moments come, they are more stunning revelations than actual terror. With brilliant pacing — including the ebb and flow of tension –, The Divining Wand wondered how much the author actually knew what was going to happen. To avoid any *spoilers” no character names will be mentioned here but Lori admitted that even she had a “surprise” and a “shock” about a why as well as a who did what! And she further explains:

“Yet the bottom line was that everything made sense given the circumstances. I did not plot out the entire novel, but worked to integrate the plot and the arch of each character as events unfolded. The backstory and what happened twenty-five years earlier developed along with the front story, and after many rewrites, I wove the two together.”

Of course the title, Bent Road, is purposeful too since it suggests both of the book’s themes. The first is a reminder that one never knows what life holds around the corner, while the second substantiates how all individuals are shaped/influenced — positively and negatively — by past experiences. Embedded in those experiences are the secrets and rumors, both harmful and capable of impacting lives forever.

A literary suspense novel, a psychological thriller, a mystery, whatever Bent Road is categorized as it’s achingly beautiful and breathlessly solid. Lori Roy has taken an ordinary family to tell an extraordinary tale prepared to consume them all. Simply put, Bent Road (available next Thursday, March 31, 2011) is an excellent “must read!”

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Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away one copy of Lori Roy’s Bent Road in a random drawing of comments left only on this specific post. Comments left on other posts during the week will not be eligible. The deadline is Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. EDT with the winners to be announced here in Thursday’s post. If you enter, please return Thursday to see if you’re a winner.

15 Comments to “Lori Roy and Bent Road


  1. Wow, it sounds like a great read! “Literary suspense” is how I would peg it (just based on this post) and that sounds right up my alley. Thanks for introducing us!

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  2. Gayle LIn says:

    This is MY kind of book. The kind that will keep me engrossed and will be read in one sitting. I can hardly wait!

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  3. Colleen Turner says:

    I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this book! I went to my local independents book group night last week and they shared their top picks of books that they have loved and that they know others will love as well. Bent Road was one of their picks and they just raved about it! I cannot wait to read it.

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  4. This looks like a book worth the wait and cant wait to be read. Woohoo!!

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  5. I would love to win this book… it sounds great!

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  6. Christine Reynolds says:

    I have promised my mother this book for her birthday. We can’t wait!

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  7. Tiffany D. says:

    This book looks amazing. Win or lose, I’ll be reading it 🙂

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  8. What an amazing review. This just jumped to my “must read” list!

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  9. Linda Gallagher says:

    Being a transplanted Kansas, and now a native of a Kansas town, I plan to read this book whether I win a copy or not. I will be sure our local library has a copy also. Sounds gripping!

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  10. That sounds like an excellent premise! I’d love to win Bent Road. 🙂

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  11. Sounds amazing! Count me in!

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  12. Jessica M. says:

    Bent Road sounds like an excellent book. It’s been on my radar, but now it definitely jumped onto my to-read list. I’d love to win a copy (though I’ll pick it up either way), so thank you for the contest!

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  13. would LOVE to read this novel…sounds great 🙂

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  14. Cindy Kent says:

    I am afraid to say that I have never read a novel..but this sounds like one that will have to be my first.. 🙂 love your positive outlook on life 🙂

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  15. Bobbi Allison says:

    Each book I pick up teaches me that if you want something badly enough, you will get it. This book sounds like the kind to inspire me. Great books take me on a journey to learn another lesson of life from someone else’s perception. I too have a book in my heart that wants to be written, and each day brings me closer to taking that leap of faith!

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