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Gritty novel of family, love and death

April 04, 2006|by CHRISTINE BRUGH

BOOK REVIEW

"The Road of the Dead" by Kevin Brooks is a violent, gritty book about death. It is also very interesting.

In medieval England, villagers carried their dead along the Lynchway, or "corpse road," to the burial grounds. Now, someone's about to be carried along the same path.

Ruben Ford, a 14-year-old boy, was sitting in one of the beat-up cars lying around his family's yard in a London junk lot when he got one of his mysterious "feelings."

This feeling is coming from his 19-year-old sister, Rachel. He feels absolute terror coming from her. Then, he feels his sister die.

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Ruben's mother and 17-year-old brother, Cole, are devastated by the loss. More than anything, they want Rachel's body back to give her a proper burial. However, the police have more tests to run on her body. They tell Ruben's family that they must wait. But devil-may-care Cole is determined to have Rachel's body back, and he's not afraid to take drastic meas-ures to get what he wants.

With Ruben tagging along, Cole heads to the site of Rachel's death, hoping to uncover the murderer and gain peace for his family.

This murder story of self discovery will keep you on the edge of your seat. Brooks creates a dark, mysterious mood by giving the reader only the information that the main character knows. The Road of the Dead is unlike many other realistic fiction stories because it is not focused on the troubles of girls. This exciting story can be enjoyed by any teen who likes reading.

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