“Author Joanne Leedom-Ackerman knows suspense like Hitchcock, and her tale has the momentum of “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” But what distinguishes this novel is its characters…. [They] must find their own paths to faith, and their journeys give this fine novel its power.”
—The Washington Post 

“Joanne Leedom-Ackerman’s first novel is a densely plotted, dialogue-filled story that reads like commercial fiction yet examines unconventional territory….She is particularly successful in building suspense…Her writing is often sensitive and ambitious enough to keep the reader interested in both the political and personal spheres she explores.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“Previous reviewers have said that Joanne Leedom-Ackerman writes a good short story; she certainly writes a good novel….This is a book that provokes thought and is most entertaining to read.”
—The Los Angeles Times

“Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, whose roots are in Dallas, has written a powerful and compelling first novel in The Dark Path to the River. The story’s power comes from its daring and imaginative scope, its sense of humanity and human connectedness and its perspectives across the lines that usually bind people and across the ‘small’ events of life and the larger events which come to be called history.”
—The Dallas Morning News

“Leedom-Ackerman spins this convoluted tale masterfully…An unusual blending of political and conjugal turmoil in a novel that’s intelligent, probing.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“In this multifaceted first novel, the fate of a small, unidentified African country is enmeshed with the future of an independent investment firm and with the convoluted ties of three women who once competed as journalists on a Boston newspaper…This complex novel effectively combines an intimate interpersonal drama with a story of power and politics.”

“I’ve just finished The Dark Path to the River and feel compelled to write. I haven’t enjoyed a book so much in a long time. You know, there are books you keep reading because you are convinced that they are well-written and thematically rich, etc., and then there are the books that are all those things and ALSO you can’t put them down. The Dark Path to the River fell in the latter category for me. I fell in love with Olivia and Jenny and wanted to strangle Kay and Mark and just altogether was taken in. That doesn’t happen to me often, and I appreciate it a lot. I didn’t want the pleasure to end. I’m so glad I have your other novels to look forward to.”
—Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

“The Dark Path to the River is a knockout of a novel—impressive in its scope but at the same time intimate and personal in the telling. Joanne Leedom-Ackerman makes a blazing debut as a novelist with this richly dramatic and deeply felt portrayal of men, women, and an emerging nation all struggling to find their identity without sacrificing their integrity. I was enriched and enlightened by this extraordinary book…”
—Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, A Woman of Independent Means

“The Dark Path to the River gave me hours of pleasure…I was riveted by the book and so impressed with the scope and depth of its ambition…I was fascinated by the friendships, and how accurately you dramatized the agonies we feel when we grow apart into our differences. Thank you!”
—Honor Moore, Mourning Pictures