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Section Roads by Mike Murphey

Our Score:★★★✩✩

GENRE: Fiction

Acorn Publishing


When attorney Cullen Molloy attends his fortieth high school reunion, he doesn’t expect to be defending childhood friends against charges of murder…

In a small town on the high plains of Eastern New Mexico, life and culture are shaped by the farm roads defining the 640-acre sections of land homesteaders claimed at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Cullen and Shelby Blaine explore first love along these section roads during the 1960’s, forging a life-long emotional bond.

As junior high school band nerds, Cullen and Shelby fall under the protection of football player and loner, Buddy Boyd. During their sophomore year of high school, Buddy is charged with killing a classmate and is confined to a youth correctional facility. When he returns to town facing the prospect of imprisonment as an adult, Cullen becomes Buddy’s protector.

The case haunts the three friends into adulthood, and it isn’t until their fortieth reunion, that they’re forced to revisit that horrible night. When a new killing takes place, Cullen, Shelby and Buddy find themselves reliving the nightmare.

Murder is an easy thing to hide along old country section roads.

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)


REVIEW: (Contains spoilers)

Ashlea's Thoughts:

This is a book you can pick up and get straight into. It’s a nice quick read about beautifully broken characters with an unbreakable bond.

I think this book was really well written as there were many time period and storylines that were perfectly interwoven throughout the novel. All the characters were very real and likeable and the story is really bittersweet and realistic.

I would love whole separate book about Weard and his life in the CIA.

Emma's Thoughts:

What a great book! A really enjoyable read, extremely well written, with quite a few unexpected twists. The characters were likeable and believable as well as the plot and storyline. It all seemed to untangle quite quickly right at the end of the book, but at least all my questions were answered and throughout, it kept me wanting to read more. I really felt a connection with and liked all the characters and surprisingly, the book also includes some comedy moments! I would definitely recommend and read another Mike Murphey book, especially if he writes Weard into all of them (my favourite character)!

Gemma's Thoughts:

This was a really quick read which would be the perfect holiday book. It has a good mixture of romance, murder and mystery to keep you intrigued. I liked the way the story line wove from the past to the present and then back again.

There is a host of colourful characters, and the author tackles the issues of growing up, love, lust and ultimately accepting who you are in a sensitive way.

Nic's Thoughts:

Section Roads was an easy and enjoyable read. There was enough twists and surprises to keep the reader engaged until the end. I liked the way the author described the surrounding area and the section roads! The characters are likeable; the relationship between Cullen and Shelby was my favourite and Weard I thought was particularly entertaining.

I look forward to another Mike Murphey read.

Pamela's Thoughts:

This book is set in a small town in New Mexico with old friends coming back together to a school

reunion. It reminded me of the town where Footloose was set, back in the 80's!!, with the religious

values dictating the way the lives were lived.

Switching between present day and the past the story unfolds and produces a few unexpected

surprises. The characters were all clearly described and I could visualise each of them well from the

level headed intelligence of Cullen to the CIA affected Weard!!

I found this book an easy read not stretching me to hard however keeping me entertained and

wanting to complete the story.



Ash: 3


Emma: 4

Gemma: 3


Nic: 3

Maria: 4

Pamela: 3



Average 3/5

We were very kindly given copies of this book by Acorn Publishing LLC in return for our honest review. Many thanks to Acorn Publishing and Mike Murphey.

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