Cemetery Road by Greg Iles

Cemetery Road

Marshall McEwan is one of the most successful journalists in Washington, DC. But his father is terminally ill, and he must return to his childhood home - a place he vowed he would never go back to.Bienville, Mississippi, is no longer the city Marshall remembers. His family's 150-year-old newspaper is failing, and Jet Talal, the love of his youth, has married into the family of Max Matheson, one of a dozen powerful patriarchs who rule the town thr...

Details Cemetery Road

TitleCemetery Road
Release DateMar 5th, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow & Company
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

Reviews Cemetery Road

  • Paromjit
    This is a standalone thriller from Greg Iles, set in a small southern town, Bienville, in Mississippi with all the elements for a riveting read set in Trump's US, and all that entails. No-one here is free from flaws in this story of murder and twisted intrigues, least of all the protagonist, Marshall McEwan, estranged from his father, a Pulitizer prize winning journalist in the 1960s for his coverage of the Civil Rights movement. After 26 years a...
  • Beata
    I am afraid my thoughts on the latest novel by Greg Iles will not be that praising as in the case of the Natchez Burning Trilogy …. I was really looking forward to reading Cemetery Road since the deep south of the United States holds some allure that I can’t resist. The allure is still there, however, the novel disappointed me with regard to the characters, their secrets and their psychological development. I am sorry but I did not find their...
  • Julie
    Cemetery Road by Greg Iles is a 2019 William Morrow publication. Small town corruption, family tragedies, betrayals, and murder- In other words- quintessential Greg Iles. In this standalone novel, award winning journalist, Marshall McEwan, returns home to Bienville, Mississippi to be closer to his parents after his estranged father is diagnosed with Parkinson’s. At least that’s what he tells himself. Deep in his heart, however, he acknowledge...
  • Joey R.
    4.5 Stars —This is the 10th book by Greg Iles I have read. Needless to say, if he wasn’t one of the best storytellers around, I wouldn’t have read 10 of his 16 novels. “Cemetery Road” is a stand alone book which doesn’t star Penn Cage, Iles’ most famous and well liked protagonists. It also doesn’t include one courtroom scene, which makes it different from most of Iles’ other books. However, despite these differences, this book d...
  • Tammy
    This is your usual Iles. A crusading and prize winning journalist returns to his small town Mississippi home to a less than functional family and barely functioning family newspaper. There is a murder which provides the impetus for the narrative. A cabal controls this town and nice men they are not. They are plenty of lies, deceit, betrayal and backstabbing. As I said, your usual Iles which is always entertaining.
  • Susanne Strong
    4 Stars.Complex, Twisty, Dark and Gritty. “Cemetery Road” is a standalone novel by Greg Iles. It is a brilliant character driven novel about family, friendship, love and politics in a small Mississippi town. Marshall McEwan is a reporter who returns to Bienville after a long absence. His father is ill and he has been tasked with taking over his dad’s ailing newspaper, The Watchman. Returning to Bienville is something he thought he’d neve...
  • Brenda
    This book is fiction, but damn it, I know that what happens in this book happens in real life.A group of men obtain riches and power. The more they have, the more they want. They die and pass everything to their sons and then their sons. Starting after the Civil War in Mississippi, this group of men has played a long game. They spread their arms wide and circle the pot of poker chips in the middle of the table and pull the pile to themselves. In ...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Different, complex, twisting story, a perfect combination of a family drama and real events on Florida mystery! An absorbing crime story,grief, betrayal in Southern community!
  • Kimber Silver
    Cemetery Road is like a carnival ride … a carnival ride with plenty of drownings!There was a moment where I swore that if one more person drowned I was going to scream! That being said, there are redeeming features within these pages. The writing is on point, and the author captured the essence of what a thriller should be with an edge-of-your-seat feeling throughout—despite the number of people who ended up in Davey Jones’ Locker. The main...
  • Tim
    Multiple plot lines become sullied and muddled until the end. By then, it's hard to care much for the characters. 3 of 10 stars
  • Amy
    Trump and capitalism bashing, PTSD, gay character, affairs, suicide, racist white old southern men, sex...in detail... mafia....check, check, check.....the list continues...all trendy topics thrown in for a rather pointless plot with unlikable characters. Would not recommend. Hang up the newspaper industry and write about something else. Seriously...twice in this story sex .... pubic hair and anal penetration.....play a plot role or twist. The au...
  • Victoria
    A Southern cesspool of murder, deceit, corruption and revenge. After hearing everyone laud the Natchez trilogy by this author I decided to dip a toe in the waters of the Mississippi and give his standalone a try. And I can say I was riveted to this rather lengthy book, swept up by the current of secrets, power and politics. A hometown hero is murdered, native son who’s come home to help his ailing, alcoholic father soon runs afoul of a bunch of...
  • Jonathan K
    Having read 4 of Greg's books, "The Footprints of God" was the only one that lacked a family-driven theme. Brilliant at building momentum, adding plot twists when least expected, his storytelling is masterful. Opening with the murder of Buck Ferris, an old friend, the reader is immersed into the world of Marshall McEwan, a Pulitzer prize winning writer and journalist. Greg inserts the Poker Club as primary suspect, a group of high rolling, politi...
  • Lisa
    A first rate journey into a small town’s corrupt power brokers and the length they will go to protect their pockets. SUMMARYMarshall McEwan vowed never to return to his hometown, Beinville Mississippi when he left at age eighteen. He moved to Washington D.C. and became an extremely successful and award-winning journalist. But now his father is now dying and his mother needs Marshall to help with the debt-ridden family newspaper, The Watchman. S...
  • Darcy
    I usually really like this author, but this book was tough for me. I didn't care for any of the characters, hated what they were doing. As things went on things go messy, so very messy. About the time I started to like a character something would happen and I hated them again. By the end of the book I was just glad to be done and didn't really care if anyone found any happiness.
  • Ruth Askea
    I have read and enjoyed all the other books by Greg Iles but... I was so disappointed by the intrusion of current politics in this one. I read fiction for a reason, to escape and I don't need an author's political opinion (left or right) when doing this! I can turn the TV on if I want that!
  • Zoe
    Ominous, pacey, and tragic!Cemetery Road is a gritty, engrossing novel about life in Bienville, Mississippi, a small town struggling with socioeconomic depression, corruption, murder, scheming politicians, and powerful, rich, white businessmen with no scruples.The prose is descriptive and tight. The characters are tormented, scarred, and complex. And the plot is a rollercoaster ride of twists, turns, deception, allegiances, revelations, greed, po...
  • Julie
    This is a well written novel by Greg Iles. Only problem is it is a crappy story. As others have said it is like there was a checklist to make sure all the nasties of life were included. But I have to say as in real life there are flowers in the patch of weeds. Buck, Quinn and Marshall's mom. Was there really anyone else to like?
  • Skip
    Like his Penn Cage series, this is classic Greg Iles: the main character is a writer, it is set in a small Southern city (Bienville), with a plot combining long-buried secrets, southern culture, complicated family dynamics, and nasty politics. Bienville is struggling with socioeconomic depression, corruption, murder, scheming politicians, and powerful, rich, white businessmen with no scruples (the Poker Club.)Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for a war ...
  • Carolyn
    Greg Illes writes thrilling, complex stories set in the deep south of the United States. There are lovely antebellum mansions surrounded by fragrant flower gardens, but he explores the rotten core of these towns, which may contain corruption, murder, racism and injustice. This is a long book of 608 pages, but his compelling previous Natchez Burning trilogy contained 804, 814 and 707 pages without unnecessary filler, and I felt they could have gri...
  • Judy Collins
    Review to come!
  • Donna
    Greg Iles is one of my favorite authors when it comes to southern mystery/crime. I know what I am in for when I settle into one of his books. This one was no exception. I liked it. I liked the MC and the other characters. The plot moved right along and there were a few threads going on at once. They added depth and interest that drew me right in. This author does that well.Now I will say the ending was a little more complicated (and over the top)...
  • Bret Kramer
    OK, this one is hard for me. I'm a big fan of Mr. Iles work. Unfortunately, this one to me felt like a very poorly masked and extremely shallow description of his political views wrapped around a reasonably good story. I listened to the book from Audible and there were many times were I just flat paused the audio, rewinded and said "no". I truly do not mind different political views in the books I read. In fact, I often enjoy them, but I enjoy th...
  • Tom Swift
    Greg Iles is my favorite author. The Penn Cage series is the best series that I have ever read. This is a stand alone novel based in Mississippi. Iles writes almost entirely about the south, his stories are full of history, intrigue, and race relations in the South.Now I probably have to wait 2 years for a new book. Sad.
  • Erin Clemence
    This review is for the audio version of “Cemetery Road”, by Greg Illes, narrated by Scott Brick and published by HarperAudio. Audio: 4 stars Scott Brick is a renowned narrator, with too many novels under his belt to mention, however he was recognizable to me because of his work in Michael Crichton’s Dragon Teeth. Brick has a distinctly recognizable voice, built up from many years of acting and narrating, that is both clear and expressive....
  • Nikki
    March 12, 2019: Full review to come.March 18, 2019: Okay, let's get into this.This book kicks straight into gear. There is no "easing" into it, you jump straight into action from the very first pages. And then you get hit with flashbacks. Multiple flashbacks. That get broken up to return to present day. It pulled me out of the present story to tell me a different one and then I get pulled out of the new story to return to present day. I didn't li...
  • Ann
    It's hard to put into words how this book makes me feel; it is one of Greg Iles best. The story about going back home to help care for aging parents, to confront your demons and rekindle love, to weigh moral dilemmas, to seek truth and reveal corruption, in a place uniquely planted in the past is fast paced and compelling.
  • Liz Barnsley
    Oh I LOVE Greg Iles- he writes such superb and layered character drama wrapped up in the crime genre with a huge dose of Southern Noir. Cemetery Road is no exception- despite the lack of my favourite Iles character Penn Cage- because I had a whole new set of people and events to focus on and the whole thing was just superb. A death, a journalist, a cover up and multiple political machinations in a town that hides many secrets and is ruled by a sm...
  • Carrie
    Thanks to William Morrow and Goodreads First Reads program for an ARC of this amazing book. The following is my honest review:Hands down one of my favorite books by Greg Iles!! I made the mistake of starting this book around midnight right before I was ready to go to sleep. At 3 am, with my eyes struggling to stay open, I kept saying just one more chapter to myself over and over. It's that good.This story is so gripping. It starts out:I never mea...
  • Susan Crowe
    I love this author!! Wow this book was good! Gritty, raw and very graphic so beware if you've never read this author before. But wow, can he weave a story! His imagination is incredible. Highly recommended!Scott Brick does a fantastic job narrating if you do audiobooks.