A cycle of violence and retribution is set in motion as two haunted men are engulfed by the emotions surrounding an unexpected and horrendous death.
Ethan, a respected professor at a small New England college, is wracked by an obsession for revenge that threatens to tear his family apart. Dwight, fleeing his crime yet hoping to get caught, wrestles with overwhelming guilt and his sense of obligation to his son. As these two men's lives unravel, Reservation Road moves to its startling conclusion. This is an astonishing tale of love and loss, rage and redemption, that is as suspenseful as it is emotionally compelling.
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"Haunting....A powerful and affecting novel."
The New York Times
"A dark and irresistible miracle: a heartbreaking thriller."
Los Angeles Times
A triumph...character-driven as it is, it reads like a thriller, swift and complete."
The New York Times Book Review
"Thrums with suspense and moral ambiguity...This is one of those rarevery rarenovels that you don't so much read a inhabit and that makes everyday life seem altogether mysterious."
"So beautifully written and compelling that you can't will yourself to put it down."
The Denver Post
"This book possesses a conclusion of such power that it would be a literary crime to reveal it."
"A poignant thriller...the novel's resolution is quietly breathtaking."
"A deeply moving, darkly satisfying novel."
The Boston Globe
"[Schwartz is] a fine writer....Reservation Road is a page-turner, but along the way there is much to linger over."
The Washington Post Book World
"The redemption in Reservation Road is unexpected, compassionate and powerful, making it moving in a way that few novels are."
San Antonio Express-News
"Reservation Road is a terrific novel, both a page-turner and a discerning portrayal of the psychic costs of self-delusion."