Reef Road

Post Hill. Jan. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9781637584965. $27. THRILLER
In 1948, 12-year-old Noelle Huber was brutally murdered. Seventy-two years later, an obsessed, lonely writer named Noelle (after the murdered girl) stalks Linda Alonso in search of the truth. Noelle is convinced that her namesake was killed by Matthew Huber, her older brother. She latches onto Linda because Linda is Matthew’s daughter−Noelle Huber’s niece−and inserts herself into Linda’s life and befriends her. Noelle wants to know everything about Linda’s marriage, her children, and the secrets in her house. Noelle even knows what happens when Linda’s husband and children supposedly fly to Argentina, leaving Linda behind−she can’t go during the pandemic because she’s not an Argentine citizen, unlike her family members. Linda isn’t suspicious until Noelle reveals her ties to the long-ago murder. Now, Linda is trapped in Palm Beach, FL, her family is AWOL, and she’s being stalked by a writer who believes she knows everything.
VERDICT Inspired by an actual murder, this title by actress and author Royce (Ruby Falls) will be appreciated by fans of psychological thrillers and stories of traumas affecting multiple generations.
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