Lutie always wanted a pet ghostbut the devil’s in the details.
The Sarrazins have always stood apart from the rest of their Bayou-born neighbors. Almost as far as they prefer to stand from each other. Blessedor cursedwith the uncanny ability to see beyond the spectral plane, Aurie has raised his children, Sol, Baz, and Lutie, in the tradition of the traiteur, finding wayward spirits and using his special gift to release them along Deadroads into the afterworld. The family, however, fractured by their clashing egos, drifted apart, scattered high and low across the continent.
But tragedy serves to bring them together. When Aurie, while investigating a series of ghastly (and ghostly) murders, is himself killed by a devil, Sol, EMT by day and traiteur by night, Baz, a traveling musician with a truly spiritual voice, and Lutie, combating her eerie visions with antipsychotics, are thrown headlong into a world of gory sprites, brilliant angels, and nefarious demonssmall potatoes compared to reconciling their familial differences.
From the Louisiana swamps to the snowfields of the north and everywhere in between, Deadroads summons you onto a mysterious trail of paranormal proportions.
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About the Author
Robin Riopelle was born and raised on Canada’s west coast. In addition to writing fiction for adults, she is also an illustrator for children’s books. Deadroads is her first novel. Riopelle lives in Canada.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story follows the Sarrazin family. They live in the Bayou and have various abilities to interact with ghosts to get them to move on. But a situation years prior broke the family apart. Lutie is the daughter that was separated from her brothers Sol and Baz. Each has continued using their abilities in the mean time. But Sol is on the hunt for a ghost killer that is targeting railroad lines. This ghost seems to be extra powerful and very determined to keep killing people. Thus all three siblings are going to have to work together, like they did as kids, to banish this ghost. But at the same time they have to get used to working with each other. There is two parts to this book. The main part was what the siblings went through when they were younger. They have to learn to work together and get over the past. This is the heartwarming part of the story. The second part was the ghosts. I really liked these ghosts, they were very violent and not good for people to be around, especially if one is killing people. It was a refreshing take on ghosts since they seem to have become watered down in most stories. I admit the beginning of the book is a little touch and go because the narration is a bit stilted between the siblings. Also the use of French, all though I understood why, made the book a bit challenging to get through. But everything smoothes out and starts flying from there. This is a great ghost story or dark urban fantasy. I can’t wait for more books from Robin Riopelle . I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
The Sarrazin family has a gift – or curse. They are connected to the dead…Aurie is a traiteur and sends spirits stuck on Earth to their rest along the Deadroads and Mireille is a psychic with a pet ghost. Their children are all gifted as well in different ways. Sol is being trained in the ways of the traiteur by Aurie, Baz is a musician with a voice which can tempt the living and the dead, and Lutie is the most like her mother. When Lutie was young, she wanted a pet ghost like her Maman, but her methods caused her mother to leave and take Lutie away with her. Now grown, Sol sees his father’s spirit which triggers a hunt for the devil who did him in. The three siblings are brought back together, but their pasts may keep them from defeating those who stalk them. DEADROADS is a tight paranormal thriller with outstanding characters and a chilling premise. I can see why DEADROADS has been described as dark fantasy, but to me it also dipped into the fringes of horror. I’m glad I remembered a lot of my high school/college French since there are pieces of dialogue in Louisiana French/Cajun. The conflicted relationships between the siblings along with their relationship to the spirit world made for an intriguing tale. Ms. Riopelle’s ability to weave each character’s story into the central plot and not slow down the story is admirable. DEADROADS is a intense and satisfying novel and I hope we see more of the Sarrazin family in the future.