Night Road by Kristin Hannah

84%

15 Critic Reviews

...the entire range of human emotions are explored in this excruciatingly painful but hopeful book about the triumphant power of the human spirit in the process of forgiveness.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

For a mother, life comes down to a series of choices.

To hold on…

To let go..

To forget…

To forgive…

Which road will you take?

Night Road

For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children's needs above her own, and it shows—her twins, Mia and Zach—are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia's best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.

Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm's way. It has always been easy-- until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time her kids leave the house, she worries about them.

On a hot summer's night her worst fears come true. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget…or the courage to forgive.

Vivid, universal, and emotionally complex, NIGHT ROAD raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness. It is a luminous, heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best, telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love.

 

About Kristin Hannah

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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed novels, including Fly Away, Firefly Lane, Winter Garden, Magic Hour, Comfort & Joy, The Things We Do for Love, Between Sisters, Angel Falls, Waiting for the Moon, When Lightning Strikes, If You Believe, Once in Every Life, The Enchantment, and A Handful of Heaven.
 
Published March 22, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 434 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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All: 15 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 04 2011

A disadvantaged teen finds friendship, acceptance and love with a prosperous Seattle-area family, until a tragic accident changes everything...A flawed but never dull drama.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
on Mar 22 2011

...the entire range of human emotions are explored in this excruciatingly painful but hopeful book about the triumphant power of the human spirit in the process of forgiveness.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Mar 28 2011

...a powerfully emotional journey that will leave readers reflecting on their own roles as mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent

Night Road will stay with you after you’ve turned the last page, switched off the light and put your head on your pillow.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
on Sep 02 2011

The characters are wonderfully formed...and make an interesting mix without crossing over into too exotic. I didn't know where the story was going so every page was a surprise...

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Express

Good
on Jul 03 2011

The developing friendship between two teenage girls is beautifully wrought.

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Bestsellersworld

Good
on Mar 22 2011

One of the things that make Hannah’s novels so appealing to her audience is that the plot lines are created around scenarios either experienced or dreaded by so many women and girls.

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Bestsellersworld

Excellent
on Jan 19 2011

Hannah writes wonderful stories that leave us begging for more but Night Road is such a compelling story that you are drawn in on the first page and don’t want any interruptions until you have finished the whole book.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Good
on Apr 11 2011

She lets herself inhabit a mother undone by loss, and does so with such intensity that even her most malicious thoughts and acts come across as almost unavoidable.

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NJ.com

Below average
on Mar 27 2011

Unfortunately, the author cannot control herself as she drives her characters through years and pages of overblown prose about loss, grief, guilt and forgiveness.

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Red Online

Below average
on Jul 21 2011

...has to rely on sensationalism rather than depth of character analysis to keep her readers hooked, but the result demands suspension of disbelief...

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Auburnpub.com

Excellent
on Aug 14 2011

It's heartbreakingly well-written (as are most of her books), but the four main characters have something that everyone can relate to at one point or another.

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Gather Books

Excellent
on Mar 31 2011

It is a luminous, heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best...

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Gather Books

Excellent
on Mar 16 2011

Kristin's writing made me feel as though I was experiencing all of their feelings.

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Long and Short Reviews

Excellent
on Mar 21 2011

Kristin Hannah takes the reader deep into the hearts and souls of the characters and taps into one’s deepest emotions.

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