Author: Kristin Hannah
Published by: St. Martin's Press on Jan. 4, 2022
Genres: General Fiction, Women's Fiction
Source: St. Martin's Press
Book Rating: 10/10
Life comes down to a series of choices.
To hold on…
To let go…to forget…to forgive…
Which road will you take?
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 out of harm’s way. But senior year of high school tests them all. It’s a dangerous, explosive season of drinking, driving, parties, and kids who want to let loose. And then on a hot summer’s night, one bad decision is made. 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.
Beautiful, tragic, and incredibly heart-wrenching!
Night Road is a pensive, poignant, emotionally-charged novel that takes you into the lives of a handful of people, including eighteen-year-old Lexi Baill, whose worlds become irrevocably changed and shattered one summer day when a fatal accident leaves some devastated by loss, some overwhelmingly consumed with guilt, and some haunted and struggling to survive the inevitable repercussions and fallout that follows.
The prose is sobering and expressive. The characters, including all the supporting characters, are complex, consumed, and tormented. And the plot is an exceptionally absorbing tale of life, loss, love, family, friendship, grief, guilt, denial, secrets, heartache, parenthood, and redemption.
Overall, Night Road made me think, it made me cry, and it resonated with me as a daughter, sister, and mother long after I turned the final page. It’s an enthralling, impactful, hopeful story by Hannah that once again interwove her signature exceptional character development with a bittersweet, immersive, heartbreaking love story steeped in an abundance of tragedy and pain.
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Thank you to St. Martins Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.