This Dread Road by Olivia Folmar Ard

Book 3 in the The Bennett series

It’s September 1968, and Howard Knox freshman Annemarie Vanderhorst is happy to be free of her controlling mother’s societal expectations. She vows to spend her time at college wisely in pursuit of her own dreams. But before she can figure out what she wants from life, Henry Eden, the dark and handsome stranger in her philosophy class, takes over every waking thought.

Nearly half a century later, Claire James returns to Bennett after leaving her fiancé , determined to be independent for once in her life. After convincing her father to let her work for the family business, she soon realizes being a responsible adult isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Loathed by her coworkers, neglected by her best friend, and held captive by a terrifying secret, she doesn’t know how much more she can take.

The lives of these two women, decades apart but uncannily similar, finally intersect one fateful night. With broken hearts and hope for the future, will they find the answers they’re looking for?

“Olivia Folmar Ard paints vivid characters and settings, bringing a fullness to the story that is often lacking in women’s/NA fiction. I found myself reading faster to see what will happen in the tumultuous relationship between Annemarie and Henry, and how the bookend story of another young woman in a similar fix will tie together. Some unsuspected twists to traditional tropes kept me guessing, and I was rooting for the success of this strong-willed couple, which I hoped would lead to a happy ending. Without giving away any spoilers, I’ll say suspense figured into it more than I expected!” -Jennifer, Goodreads