Review: Run-Down Road

Run-Down Road

By: P.K. Morrison
395 Pages
Published May 14, 2022
Source: Booksprout

Synopsis from Goodreads:

If you were a Renshaw in Blackwater, Georgia, everyone knew you came from the wrong side of the tracks. Your family’s reputation long preceded you.

Billy Renshaw was the first of his family who hadn’t been locked up before he turned eighteen. His brothers were doing hard time, and his father had been in and out of jail more times than anyone could count. Billy was getting into his own kind of trouble, though, and everyone in Blackwater knew that you could count on Billy if you were looking for a good time.

The three youngest Renshaw brothers had never depended on anyone but each other. Everyone knew the Renshaw kids went through a lot at home, but no one cared enough to do anything about it. Billy didn’t trust anyone, and he never would. Until someone came along and saw more in Billy than he’d ever seen himself.

Jordan Jolett moved to Blackwater with her father, a police officer who was leaving his own trouble in the city. She didn’t know Billy, because no one truly did. But when he was being arrested unjustly, she knew she had to do something.

One act of kindness set in motion a friendship that withstood all odds, and brought people together in ways no one could have expected.

One person would show the youngest Renshaws that maybe they weren’t as worthless as they’d always believed. That person will be the one to hold together one shattered life, even when the world seems to implode in tragedy.

Sometimes there is triumph in tragedy. Sometimes the loss of one is the beginning of another’s redemption, and sometimes good can come from the most painful things.

Run-down Road is the story of how a friendship changed the lives of those involved, and a whole town in the process.


When I read the synposis of this book, I knew I had to read it. While the content is difficult and the book had me in tears at points, I like the way the author handled Billy's trauma with care. The characters are flawed, yet loveable and well developed.

The story centers around the unliekly frienship between Jordan and Billy. Billy is from the wrong side of the tracks while Jordan is the new cop's daughter.  Billy's family has a history of being trouble but he's different and Jordan knows it. When she befriends and defends him, he finally has someone who believes in him and who is willing to do what it takes to make a difference in his life.

This is not a light read and explores the depths of childhood trauma.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. Thank you, P.K. Morrison.



Overall Rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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