Tell Me Something True: A Visit With Lori roy

Today’s post by Edgar Award winning author, Lori Roy | @LoriRoyAuthor

We’ve got a copy of Lori’s latest novel, UNTIL SHE COMES HOME, up for grabs today. Just leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win.

Lori Roy

Lori Roy

Update: we’re thrilled to announce that the winner of this book is Gwyn. Thanks to all who entered! And don’t forget to check back soon. We have lots of great giveaways lined up for the rest of this year.

I round the last corner of my run, turn down my music, yank one bud from my ears and slow to a walk. A block ahead stands my house. My knees aren’t hurting too bad today, and though it’s only May, summer has already settled into Florida.

My street is lined with well manicured lawns. All of the hedges are trimmed. Every landscape bed is freshly mulched.  All except the lawn at one house.   It’s a rental.   The grass around this three story yellow stucco house is ragged and the Indian hawthorn is browning and sparse.   It is at this rental house where I see the man.   He is slender with closely cropped dark hair and is dragging a garbage can to the curb. As he gets closer, I hear his flip flops slap against the concrete.   In a few steps, we’ll meet at the end of his driveway where he’ll leave the garbage can. He’s new to the neighborhood, and I wonder if he knows tomorrow isn’t pickup day.

As I near the man, I lift a hand and smile.   We’re a friendly neighborhood of joggers and runners, dog walkers and bikers.  It’s our way, our custom, to lift a hand or give a nod.   But the man with the garbage can doesn’t nod or smile or say hello.   Instead he pauses at the end of his driveway and looks me in the eye one beat too long.   In two steps, I am past him.   I say nothing about garbage pickup being on Tuesday.   My smile fades and I resist looking back.  My heart is beating too fast. I take a deep breath.  Was that a warning in his eyes?   Was he angry I had said hello? Was it just my imagination?

This one true moment when I felt fear and yet wasn’t sure why was the inspiration for a scene in my latest novel, UNTIL SHE COMES HOME.   Fourteen year old Arie and her twin sister, Izzy, feel the same fear when approached by their neighbor, Mr. Herze. He is the boss down at the factory. He drives a nice car, goes to church every Sunday, and yet something in the way he clings to Izzy’s hand a moment too long scares the twins and make them thankful the Uncle who cares for them is bigger and stronger than Mr. Herze.   In this one moment, Izzy and Arie and we, the readers, know Mr. Herze is someone to fear.

The day after my encounter with the man and his garbage can, a nearby neighbor walks onto his dock to ready his boat for a fishing trip.   Like my house, this neighbor’s house sits at the head of a canal.   He’s a retired NY police officer and so better prepared than most for what he sees floating near his dock—the fully clothed, dead body of the man I had seen dragging his garbage to the curb, the man who had frightened me in the time it took for me to walk two steps.   A few hours later, police discover the body of the dead man’s wife.   Sometime after I saw him dragging his garbage can to the curb, the man had driven across town, shot his wife and then during the night, walked down our sleeping street, made his way between the houses, stood on the seawall and shot himself.

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Lori Roy’s debut novel, BENT ROAD, was awarded the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author, named a 2011 New York Times Notable Crime Book and named a 2012 notable book by the state of Kansas. BENT ROAD has been optioned for film by Cross Creek, with Mark Mallouk to adapt and Benderspink to produce. Her second novel, UNTIL SHE COMES HOME, was recently named a New York Times Editors’ Choice.

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Until She Comes HomeWinner of an Edgar Award for Best First Novel for  Bent Road, Lori Roy returns withUntil She Comes Home, a tale of spellbinding suspense in which a pair of seemingly unrelated murders crumbles the facade of a changing Detroit neighborhood.

In 1958 Detroit, on Alder Avenue, neighbors struggle to care for neighbors amid a city ripe with conflicts that threaten their peaceful street.

Grace, Alder’s only expectant mother, eagerly awaits her first born. Best friend Julia prepares to welcome twin nieces. And Malina sets the tone with her stylish dresses, tasteful home, and ironfisted stewardship of St. Alban’s bake sale.

Life erupts when childlike Elizabeth disappears while in the care of Grace and Julia. All the ladies fear the recent murder of a black woman at the factory on Willingham Avenue where their husbands work may warn of what has become of Elizabeth, and they worry what is yet to become of Julia—the last to see Elizabeth alive.

The men mount an around-the-clock search, leaving their families vulnerable to sinister elements hidden in plain sight. Only Grace knows what happened, but her mother warns her not to tell. “No man wants to know this about his wife. ” Ashamed that her silence puts loved ones in harm’s way, Grace gravitates toward the women of Willingham Avenue, who recognize her suffering as their own. Through their acceptance, Grace conquers her fear and dares to act.

On Alder Avenue, vicious secrets bind friends, neighbors, and spouses. For the wicked among them, the walk home will be long.

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About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of the popular online book club, She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Her novel, THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS, will be published in January 2014 by Doubleday. Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.

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28 Responses to Tell Me Something True: A Visit With Lori roy

  1. Janet R October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for offering this new book from Lori Roy!

  2. Tammy T October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Intriguing! I’ve never read Lori Roy, but I’m always on the look out for new (to me authors.

    She Reads hasn’t disappointed me yet!

  3. Ann Bresnan October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds great!

  4. Melinda Taylor October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a good book. I love mysteries

  5. Joan M Geisbrecht October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    this is a book I know I would enjoy

  6. Gwyn October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a great book, I can’t wait to read it.

  7. rhonda October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    This book sounds perfect for me.

  8. JJT October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds great. Always looking for new authors to enjoy.

  9. Paula October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds good – thanks for a chance to win!

  10. Melissa Crytzer Fry October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Lori – this books sounds fabulous, but I have to say that I am STILL spooked by the events that took place on your street… OMG… What you SAW in that man’s eyes was SO real, and I know people can sense evil – we’ve got to trust those instincts. As a child, I had those same premonitions of evil regarding an uncle, and it turns out – years later – I know why. My instinct was spot on. *shivers*

  11. Britney Adams October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    What a chilling experience Lori had! Knowing that experience inspired a scene in her latest novel, UNTIL SHE COME HOME, has really piqued my interest. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this book!

  12. Katie October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks!

  13. Susan C. October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a winner to me. Would love to take home a copy!

  14. Lori Roy October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Good morning,all. Thanks to those who have already commented. I didn’t realize how much this event inspired the scene in UNTIL SHE COMES HOME until I sat down to write this essay.

  15. Brooke October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to read. Just reading your post hooked me before the synopsis. I plan on reading both of your books! Thank you!

  16. Becky S October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I love mystery thrillers! Sounds like another one to add to my growing list!

  17. Carl October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds really good, kind of like one of my favorite authors Alice Sebold, who I haven’t heard from in a while. I’d love to win a copy, thanks for the chance.

  18. Judie McDonald October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I’d like to know the end story of what happened in the author’s neighborhood!

  19. Bonnie Walker October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    oH Dear! This is not a usual genre that I read, but somehow feel drawn to this book. I am a widow living alone after many many years of being in a protective environment, first my birth home, and then my marriage home…..please put my name in the Hat!

  20. Kandra October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    What a chilling story, and so sad. Sign me up for the book, please!

  21. Marie October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds enticingly dramatic.

  22. Anna October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Agh! What a teaser!!! The book sounds like a can’t-put-it-down-the-kids-better-fend-for-themselves one.

  23. Susan G. October 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh my! My heart is still beating fast! We just never know who we will come into contact with each day… Can’t wait to read this book! Thanks SheReads!!

  24. Katherine Jones October 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Must. Read.

  25. nomadreader (Carrie) October 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I loved hearing about the inspiration for your new novel, one I’m quite eager to read! It’s fascinating to think about how that encounter likely meant two very different things to you and the troubled man. It’s eerie!

  26. Bonnie K. October 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I tensed just from reading about this book. I still want to read it though. I like reading mysteries and thrillers.

  27. karenk October 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    thanks for the chance to read this novel ;)

  28. Hillary October 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Mmmph. That suck of recognition, when the intuition knows what the mind doesn’t want to – shivers… I love that you let that moment of experience creep into the book. Just shows how much what we tell is really a mix of the real and the imagined. Hope to see you in WIP this winter.

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