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Seaview Road After nineteenyearold Katie Murray witnesses the shocking coverup of a crime that could implicate Eric Clarke, the estranged son of her neighbors, she struggles with how much to divulge The two families spend their summers in an upscale Cape Cod locale where adults prioritize appearances and, as the opioid crisis wreaks havoc, steer clear of the inhabitants of the bluecollar town next door Driven by an overpowering urge to protect the downtrodden and infuriated by the complacency of the people around her, Katie makes decisions that could carry dangerous consequences for everyone involvedInsightful, heartwrenching, and peppered with wry observations, SEAVIEW ROAD is a story of family and alienation, of apathy and loyalty, of parentchild communication and the agony of missed connections

  • Paperback
  • 258 pages
  • Seaview Road
  • Brian McMahon
  • English
  • 28 January 2019
  • 9780578625768

About the Author: Brian McMahon

Brian McMahon is the author of SEAVIEW ROAD After attending Georgetown University, where he studied English and Psychology, he worked in strategy consulting before remembering how much he liked to write In addition to SEAVIEW ROAD, Brian is currently working on a second novel and a collection of short stories He lives outside of Boston with his wife and their dog You can connect with him at Br



10 thoughts on “Seaview Road

  1. Brian McMahon Brian McMahon says:

    Enjoy if you can.

  2. MV MV says:

    Nice writing overall, and I loved the scenery and discussions of Cape Cod summers past and present. I can't travel right now, so I appreciate getting the feel for another place through the pages of a book. (I've never been to Cape Cod, either!)
    I would've liked more action and suspense. I also feel like I could've gotten to know some of the characters better than I did.
    There's a lot of discussion of family relationships and conflict, which I thought was well done.

  3. Lance Tucker Lance Tucker says:

    Seaview Road captures the essence of coastal community summer life. McMahon carefully crafts a rich set of characters for us to follow. The writing style is visual and the characters are introduced to us in great detail. The dichotomy between tourists and locals, a topic too taboo for the characters to verbalize, serves as the backdrop for the novel's underlying tensions. As the plot develops and life events begin to unravel, McMahon asks us to choose sides, but leaves us uncertain with our decisions. Do our own prejudices influence how we want this tale to resolve or do the troubled figures command our sympathy, tugging our hearts away from the protagonist?

    Vacation dwellers seek refuge but often share their environment with others less fortunate. The Cape has long been chronicled as a place where luxury living and million dollar beach homes neighbor with locals experiencing a much different life. The latter includes murders, violence and a pronounced, and very sad, opioid epidemic. The Cape’s physical beauty gets the attention while the problems stay shadowed. Good for business, some might argue. The other side of the tracks are always within sight, whether acknowledged or ignored. Those who cross the tracks can become heroic, or destroyed. Those who stay back, lose our respect. Those who fall on the tracks, we understand. Seaview Road explores this complex intersection of life through people we all know.

  4. Mack Jones Mack Jones says:

    Perfectly placed, beautifully written, and a story that will resonate with Cape Cod residents and summer-weekend-warriors alike. Seaview Road makes us think about our vulnerability, or lack-there-of, with the people we love most and how seemingly simple choices craft our lives.

    Having grown up frequenting the Cape, I found myself immersed in the world of a novel I knew all too well. From Squall Lane to Monomo Dunes Country Club to the Cape Cod Baseball League Whalers, Seaview Road captures the Cape Cod summer with vivid language and calming prose. However, the disparities between upscale South Monomo and neighboring blue-collar Worona emerge as Katie Murray, our intelligent, fiery, and kind-hearted protagonist, won’t let them be pushed aside like the rest of us. In doing so, we are prompted to contemplate the issues that lie actively or subconsciously untouched in our own worlds.

    Furthermore, as the novel unfolds familial relationships take center stage with Katie critically questioning the irony of the world she grew up in; a world in which expectations and appearances take precedent over vulnerability and love. Yet as she pulls us deeper into the estranged relationship between the neighboring Clarke family and their son Eric, we catch a glimpse into the missed connections within Katie’s own life. The intricacies of the parent-child relationships in Seaview Road feel raw and familiar.
    .....
    But just sitting there sounded nice. If they sat there long enough, Katie propped up against her pillows and Beth leaning against the railing at the foot of the bed, they might talk, maybe even about the complicated things.

    “That’s okay, Katie. You should get your rest. I’ll check in again soon.”
    .....
    As a good novel always does, Seaview Road forces us to look in the mirror, to evaluate our own relationships, and take an honest look at the bubble we created for ourselves.

  5. Jared Ison Jared Ison says:

    In his debut novel, McMahon is able to capture a specific place, Cape Cod, with great detail, so well that even people who have not been there like myself can be transported there for 250 pages. More than that, McMahon's novel provides even greater insight into the challenges that test all communities and families, concerns about the future, about wealth, and about the places we call home. This book pulls you in early and keeps hold of you until the very last page, and McMahon was skillful enough to keep me guessing about the direction of the plot the entire time. In addition to a detailed setting and valuable social commentary, McMahon's characters are rich and diverse, adding to a book that would already stand out for its thrilling plot and beautiful prose. In the mold of F. Scott Fitzgerald, McMahon has created an entertaining and accessible summer read that tells a lot about the American experience and helps the reader to reflect on their own life in greater detail. All told, an exemplary debut that you will not regret picking up, and one with enough substance that it is worthy of many re-reads.

  6. Sheila Tucker Sheila Tucker says:

    Seaview Road by Brian McMahon is a wonderfully descriptive tale of summer life in a seaside community that leaves you feeling unsettled as a grim second story slowly and methodically unfolds. Anyone who grew up summering in a beach community will be captivated by McMahon’s Murray family and their South Monomo Beach neighbors and insist the main story is their own. Yet, the naggingly haunted narrative voice that tells the other story, the troubled, grisly one, will leave the reader with a sense of creeping dread. It was tempting to read the main story faster to rid the uneasy feeling that was building from beneath, but to speed read ahead would have meant missing McMahon’s delightful character descriptions and storytelling about life on Seaview Road. McMahon’s stylistic approach to telling two alternating tales works well and in the end the reader will realize that the two worlds of Seaview Road are not so separate. Seaview Road feels like spending time with an old summer friend who surprises you with a secret tale to tell.

  7. Chris Chris says:

    Seaview Road captures the true essence of summer in Cape Cod while beautifully depicting the complex relationship between two neighboring families. Whether you have spent summers down on The Cape is insignificant in enjoying the novel because by the end of the 250 pages you will have a rich understanding and visualization for the landscape and underlying truths of the vacation hub that are detailed in the novel. The juxtaposition between the neighboring towns, and the people that live in them, drives captivating story lines that are truly unpredictable making it a very difficult book to put down.

    The strength of McMahon's novel is in his character development. McMahon brings these characters to life in an authentic way that creates a level of investment for the reader in the characters and their outcome of the novel The core group of characters all face challenging life decisions as it pertains to maturing as a young adult or handling the difficult balance between parenting children without tarnishing one's reputation in an upscale community.

  8. Anne Mcshane Anne Mcshane says:

    One of my favorite high school teachers told us that one of the ways to judge good writing is to answer the question, Do I care what happens next? In Seaview Road, Brian McMahon has done an excellent job of keeping the reader on edge and definitely caring about what happens next. The Cape Cod setting - lovely homes, beaches, golf courses - sounds like the backdrop for a languorous, relaxing summer in a land of privilege. The two main families appear to be perfect from the outside, but, of course, that is never the case. And, from the beginning, we hear another more disturbed voice whose owner does not seem to belong to that same world. As the events of the summer unfold, you wonder how much these two worlds will intertwine. McMahon writes beautifully, and I can't wait to see what he does next!

  9. Jack Coaty Jack Coaty says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed McMahon's Seaview Road. Whether or not you are familiar with summer in New England, McMahon's writing transports you to the Cape where you read descriptions of specific nights in great detail while simultaneously identifying with the characters' feeling that the days blend together between Memorial and Labor Days.

    The book is experienced in two parts; the first hundred-or-so pages familiarizes you with the entangled sea towns and the roads, residents and gossip that link them. These details are quickly recalled as you progress through the novel, the unfolding of the plot becoming quickly immersive since you're so acquainted with Seaview Road and it's surroundings.

    For a debut novel, it reads like a work written by an experienced author. I look forward to McMahon's next novel and will likely re-read Seaview Road next time I'm in a beach town.

  10. Lisa Lisa says:

    The writing was smooth. I could have used a bit more scenery as most of the scenes were relegated to the personal feeling of the character., like family feelings that were intertwined with moments.
    Some of the characters seemed flat. Danny could have been quite strong. Eric had a short moment that was really well done when he took a moment to work through some feelings.
    Despite the turmoil of boxes or brochure life, the book felt a little like that for me. Secrets were able to be held and there was little commotion in places that I would have anticipated more. In some cases that seemed OK but in others I wanted to feel the rawness and the pain.
    A solid read. I would look forward to some stronger emotions. There was a lot of acceptance that could have created a bit of drama for the better.

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