• Becca McCulloch

Review: Mile Marker 139

Mile Marker 139

At mile marker 139 along the Ohio Turnpike, a mysterious woman named Shelley Parkinson arrives at 3:14 at the rest area every night. She sits outside at one of the picnic tables, her fragile hands clutching one cigarette after another. Troubled people swirl around her, battling their own sorrows. Gruff old janitor Mike Popkins works third shift at the facility and has been lost since his wife died, cutting himself off from his only son and going through the motions of his job. Idealistic young Sarah Wilcox whips up drinks at the happening new coffee shop at the rest stop, but her mind whips of dreams of traveling the world and living the life her late grandpa did as he drank a coffee on all corners of the globe. Heartbroken middle-aged trucker Russ Jacobs would rather spend long hours on the road than fall in love again. They all befriend Shelley. Each one desires something different, but none of them know why she haunts the rest area. Unexpected death, disease, and accidents force Mike, Sarah, and Russ to make hard decisions to move forward, ripping them from their pasts. Can these three motley friends find healing in their own lives and help a woman who says she doesnt need anyone, even as her brokenness spills onto them?


Cynthia Hilston writes literary fiction full of credible characters, and heart-wrenching storylines. Mile Marker 139 is probably my favorite of her stories. It's a very readable and relatable story filled with the every griefs that shape our human experience.

The story begins with Shelley wandering into the world of Mile Marker 139. This nondescript freeway exit exists in relative obscurity, known only to its inhabitants and the truckers who zoom by day after day. As the mystery surrounding Shelley is explored, each character's dreams, fears and griefs surge to the surface.

Ms. Hilston's story is rife with human failing and the hope that comes through the various types of love. From parents to spouses to friends, each interaction reminds us of what it means to be a part of a community and that family is more than a collection of DNA.



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Author Bio – Cynthia Hilston is a thirty-something-year-old stay-at-home mom of three young kids, happily married. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she finally stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction. Visit her website at www.cynthiahilston.com for more information. In her spare time - what spare time? - she devours books, watches Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, pets her orange kitty, looks at the stars, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell.

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