Book Review: This Dread Road @oliviadeard

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This Dread Road by Olivia Folmar ArdThis Dread Road by Olivia Folmar Ard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


In This Dread Road, it’s September 1968, and Howard Knox freshman Annemarie Vanderhorst is happy to be free of her controlling mother’s societal expectations. She vows to spend her time at college wisely in pursuit of her own dreams. But before she can figure out what she wants from life, Henry Eden, the dark and handsome stranger in her philosophy class, takes over every waking thought.

Nearly half a century later, Claire James returns to Bennett after leaving her fiancé, determined to be independent for once in her life. After convincing her father to let her work for the family business, she soon realizes being a responsible adult isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Loathed by her coworkers, neglected by her best friend, and held captive by a terrifying secret, she doesn’t know how much more she can take.

The lives of these two women, decades apart but uncannily similar, finally intersect one fateful night. With broken hearts and hope for the future, will they find the answers they’re looking for?


A standalone novel, I loved the way book 3 of the Bennett series told these intersecting stories. There have been some changes to the story since I read it, but the author is excellent at what she does, so I have every confidence it’s just as good or better than when I read it.

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s hope for a better life, for second chances, I think you’ll love This Dread Road.

**This book is clean, but deals with some tough subjects, like miscarriage and abuse.

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