The Road to You by Marilyn Brant Sometimes the only road to the truth...is one you’ve never taken. Until I found Gideon’s journal in the tool shed — locked in the cedar box where I’d once hidden my old diary — I’d been led to believe my brother was dead. But the contents of his journal changed all that. The Road to Discovery... The Road to Danger... The Road to You... In that expectant space between silence and melody, our trip began...
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Publication date: September 29, 2013
Format: eARC, 300 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Two years ago, Aurora Gray’s world turned upside down when her big brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy disappeared. Now, during the summer of her 18th birthday, she unexpectedly finds her brother’s journal and sees that it’s been written in again. Recently. By him.
There are secret messages coded within the journal’s pages. Aurora, who’s unusually perceptive and a natural puzzle solver, is hell bent on following where they lead, no matter what the cost. She confides in the only person she feels can help her interpret the clues: Donovan McCafferty, Jeremy’s older brother and a guy she’s always been drawn to — even against her better judgment.
Reluctantly, Donovan agrees to go with her and, together, they set out on a road trip of discovery and danger, hoping to find their lost brothers and the answers to questions they’ve never dared to ask aloud.
Sometimes the only road to the truth...is one you’ve never taken.
Until I found Gideon’s journal in the tool shed — locked in the cedar box where I’d once hidden my old diary — I’d been led to believe my brother was dead. But the contents of his journal changed all that.
The Road to Discovery...
The Road to Danger...
The Road to You...
In that expectant space between silence and melody, our trip began...
Marilyn Brant’s The Road to You is a great coming of age story with a bit of romance and a lot of mystery. It took me a little while to get into the book, but once I did I was intrigued by the mystery and the action kept me on the edge of my seat. I was kept me guessing with unexpected twists and turns and an interesting cast of characters. I wouldn’t have minded a little more romance, but the interaction and chemistry between Aurora and Donovan was fairly satisfying on its own and the mystery and suspense made up for the lack of romance. The connection between Aurora and Donovan was sweet and real, regardless of how they fought it.
One of the most interesting things to me was the setting of the book – both geographic and time. Route 66 is such an interesting and historic stretch of road. It made for a perfect setting for Aurora and Donovan’s trip. Set in the 1970s, there were no cell phones or modern technology we take for granted. This story wouldn’t have worked nearly as well in a more contemporary setting because of those devices.
Overall, this was a compelling mystery that kept my attention for the duration. It was a refreshing break from the books I generally read. I enjoyed Marilyn’s writing style and look forward to reading more from her in the future.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.