At the End of the Road by Grant Jerkins

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From the critically acclaimed author of A Very Simple Crime, a chilling story of a young boy coming to grips with genuine evil.

A red dirt road on a sweltering day. A car loses control, flips through the air. A woman crawls out, bloody and battered, staggers toward the boy on the bike, the one she swerved to avoid. But he runs away...

Kyle is ten in the summer of 1976, and his world is all about secrets-secrets hidden in the maze of cornfields, in caves, in the embers of scorched earth, behind creaking doors and down basement stairs...and in the darkest of hearts.

But there's a policewoman at the front door. The Paralyzed Man watches him from a neighboring porch. And no matter which way Kyle turns, no place seems safe anymore...


About Grant Jerkins

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Grant Jerkins lives with his wife, Andria, and son, Zachary, in the Atlanta area where he has worked for ten years advocating for adults with developmental disabilities.
Published November 1, 2011 by Berkley. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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That driveway is so long, in fact, that no one but Kyle can see the woman flip over her blue Chevelle when she brakes to avoid hitting him.

Nov 22 2011 | Read Full Review of At the End of the Road

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Jerkins follows his well-received debut, A Very Simple Crime, with a bogeyman tale that ratchets up a high level of dread the way a slasher flick does if one concentrates on the images rather than the internal logic of a porous plot.

Sep 19 2011 | Read Full Review of At the End of the Road

Even the games Kyle plays with his siblings have a slightly sinister edge to them, as Kyle later reflects about his episodes of hide-and-seek with Grace in the corn mazes: He would time it so that he would reveal himself only at the last possible moment, only when he was certain her little mind ...

Nov 09 2011 | Read Full Review of At the End of the Road

Spinetingler Magazine

Each book is distinctly different from the last (Simple Crime a twisted legal thriller/mystery, Road steeped in southern gothic horror while also being a coming of age story, Ninth Step a domestic drama with a blackmail plot as its hook), but their clear through-line is how Jerkins is so willing ...

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