A strange, dark book with sad turns, family secrets, and unanswered questions. So much sadness for one small family.
All the way through reading Bent Road, I kept thinking, "This is such a weird little book." Certainly, allowing blame to fall on the wrong person and failing to honestly address horrible family secrets have dire consequences. Lori Roy makes that point in spades. What seemed weird was that, with all the dreadful experiences the Scott family suffers after moving to Kansas, they neither completely fall apart nor fully band together. Celia, who seems pretty attuned to her kids in one sense, isn't even aware that her youngest daughter is friendless at school. I grew up rural Kansas in exactly this time period, and this story bore virtually no resemblance to my small-town experience. Maybe I filtered the book, set in 1967, through the mindset of someone living in the 2000s, but it seemed to me that the way the several characters were drawn would also have made them behave differently than they did. The book is dark, dark, dark, and there's no relief from it.
Something horrible happened when Arthur was only ten, something that marked his family forever. His sister Eve died and Ray Walker is blamed but there is no proof. Now, Arthur and his own family move back to Kansas and slowly truths come out. A very good read.
I would have liked to get the know the characters more. This was an excellent book and I would have enjoyed a view inside of their minds.
This is an excellent book which I recommend wholeheartedly.
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