Until She Comes Home: A Novel

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Nominated for a 2014 Edgar Award for Best Novel

“You won’t be able to put [it] down.” —Ladies Home Journal
 
Lori Roy follows her Edgar® Award-winning debut novel, Bent Road, with a spellbinding tale of suspense set against the crumbling façade of a once-respectable Detroit neighborhood in 1958.

The ladies of Alder Avenue—Grace, Julia, and Malina—struggle to care for one...

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Overview

Nominated for a 2014 Edgar Award for Best Novel

“You won’t be able to put [it] down.” —Ladies Home Journal
 
Lori Roy follows her Edgar® Award-winning debut novel, Bent Road, with a spellbinding tale of suspense set against the crumbling façade of a once-respectable Detroit neighborhood in 1958.

The ladies of Alder Avenue—Grace, Julia, and Malina—struggle to care for one another amidst a city ripe with conflict, but life erupts when child-like Elizabeth disappears. A black woman was recently murdered at the factory where their husbands work, and the ladies fear that crime may foretell Elizabeth’s fate. When an unmistakable sound rings out, will the vicious secrets that bind them all be revealed?

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“Shocking . . . heartbreaking . . . In Lori Roy’s crime novel, tiny tremors in the life of late 1950s Detroit warn of the cataclysms to come.” –The New York Times Book Review 
 
“You won’t be able to put [it] down.” –Ladies’ Home Journal
 
“Backtrack[s] into the past with thrilling results.” –Family Circle
 
“Rich . . . Lyrical . . . Roy delivers a timeless story that gives shape to those secrets and tragedies from which some people never recover.” –McClatchy-Tribune News Service
 
“Lori Roy has entered the arena of great American authors shared by Williams, Faulkner and Lee.” –BookReporter
 
“A tour-de-force of mood and suspense.” –Bookpage
 
“Outstanding. . . . Roy’s language pulses with so much subtle tension . . . exposing the characters’ true selves and their tragic secrets.” –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
“Until She Comes Home is a suspenseful, atmospheric work of crime fiction as well as a clear-eyed look at relationships between the sexes and the races in mid- 20th century America. . . . [S]ecrets — some born of fear, some of kindness, some of rage — power this mystery to a surprising and satisfying end.” –Tampa Bay Times
 
“Extraordinary. Compelling. And beautifully, quietly, disturbing. Everyone has a secret—and at every second, you fear something terrible is about to happen.  These gorgeously drawn characters and their mysteries will haunt you long after you turn the last page. Lori Roy is an incredible talent.” –Hank Phillippi Ryan, winner of the Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Awards
 
“Roy makes every detail count as she builds her characters and gently but inexorably leads them to reexamine their own lives.” –Booklist, starred review
 
“A beautifully written, at times lyrical, study of a disintegrating community.” –Kirkus, starred review
 
“Leaves readers guessing until the end.” –Library Journal
 
“A moody, tension-filled tale of intertwined crimes.” –Publishers Weekly
 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142180983
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 188,644
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Roy

Lori Roy lives with her family in west central Florida. She is the author of the Edgar®-Award winning novel Bent Road.

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  • Posted June 28, 2013

    Until She Came Home is Lori Roy¿s second novel. Last year I rea

    Until She Came Home is Lori Roy’s second novel. Last year I read her first book, Bent Road and said at that time, she was an excellent writer, and we should expect more of the same from her. Well I can safely say, she has done it again. Until She Comes Home is a suspense story of two tragedies that take place in the same neighborhood in Detroit. It is a somber and tension filled story of how these murders intermingle, during a time of racial conflict, and how it causes everything to slowly crumble.

    We meet the ladies early on, as they all are at Grace’s house for an afternoon get together. We meet Grace, who is pregnant, and her best friend Julia, who is taking care of her two nieces. Malina is another of the wives we meet, and we learn that her husband is cheating on her with one of the prostitutes who hang around the factory where many of the men work. Malina goes one evening to follow him, only to come face to face with a few of “colored ladies” who know why she is there. The next day, one of the those woman is found dead. Malina is worried her husband is responsible, and is desperate to hide that she tried to follow him.

    At a get together at Grace’s house, the gossip is about the murder in town. Malina is the one doing most of the talking. During this time, we meet Elizabeth, who is somewhat handicapped mentally, and Grace, keeps an eye on her. When it is time to get Elizabeth home, Grace makes sure Julia walks her home. That night, Elizabeth is found to be missing, and the neighborhood joins forces to search for her. All the men take turns, leaving no stone unturned, but to no avail, Elizabeth remains missing. Everyone fears the worse.

    A day or so later, while she is in her garage, Grace is attacked by three men, one of whom rapes her. Grace’s mother finds her, and cleans her up. She tells Grace to never tell anyone, especially her husband what happened, because he will never look at her the same. Also in this mix is Julia’s two nieces, who may have witnessed something bad that happened to Grace, but they are afraid to say anything. Despite being warned to stay in the house, they continue to go about and find themselves getting into trouble.


    What follows is a tense story of how the murder of the prostitute, and the disappearance of Elizabeth effect everyone and turns their lives around. The secrets, the fears, and the betrayals divide everyone, creating dangerous situations.

    Does Grace tell her husband and the police the truth, to help find the men who may have done the same thing to Elizabeth; or does she hide the truth to save her marriage? What secrets does Julia discover about her husband that threatens their marriage? Will Malina continue to hide where she was the night of the murder, and to what will she go through to protect herself?

    Lori Roy does a fantastic job in this suspenseful and tense tale of a neighborhood that seemed a perfect place to live, become a cesspool of lies and secrets. Roy slowly rips the masks of their lives, and shows us what is underneath in the face of tragedy. The key here is that she does this so flawlessly. This was a very intense story, very well written, with so many emotional moments, that I found myself thinking about this book for two days before I wrote this review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    would be a great movie

    it was hard for me to get into this book because it takes place in the 50s when women were so passive. I'm glad that I stuck with it because it is really riveting towards the end. great characters. cant believe that this is her first book. look forward to more from her

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    READ THIS BOOK!! Lori Roy has a gift for telling a story that sn

    READ THIS BOOK!!
    Lori Roy has a gift for telling a story that sneaks up on you. You have the feeling that all is not right, that there is a very disturbing undercurrent. You become aware of the unraveling of characters. And though you may think you've got this figured out, believe me, you don't. The culprit is not who you think it is.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Too confusing for me

    It jumped around too much

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