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Night Road

by Kristin Hannah

St. Martin's Press | March 29, 2011 | Hardcover

Night Road is rated 4.4444 out of 5 by 9.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 9.43 × 6.63 × 1.41 in

Published: March 29, 2011

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312364423

ISBN - 13: 9780312364427

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great reading I really enjoyed reading this book. Once I started I could not put it down.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tragic I'm giving this book 3.5/5 stars. Like other reviewers, I was drawn in by this book and couldn't put it down. But it was very tragic. One sad event after another. And I found that I became very irritated with Jude. At first it was Jude's controlling/obsessive ways, later it was her selfishness, and finally her wake-up call which was entirely too long in the making. I felt very badly for Lexi's character in the book who was very much the victim of circumstance. I suppose I didn't really expect this book to be as sad as it was. I had hoped it would be more of a love story (and alot less about Jude) than it actually was. However, I will say that it grabbed me (after trudging through the first 25%), and I did devour it ~ so despite my earlier comments, I would still recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I've read a few Kristin Hannah books and have never been disappointed. I read this book in two days; just couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2013-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of her best books This is one of Kristin Hannah's better books. Suspenseful, dramatic, engaging - I found myself trying to find time in my day to read more. To me, that is a great book. The characters were well built, you really had a lot of empathy for all of them and I stuggled trying to feel badly for the heroine (the young girl), or the villan (the mother) - in fact, the characters were so well written that at times you wondered who was the heroine and the villan. This is a great book!
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cried throughout the last half. Night Road was such an amazing book. It starts out with a girl who has been in foster care for years with a drug addict mom who eventually died. Surprisingly, she has an aunt named Eva, who although didn't have much money herself, took in Lexi. Eventually, Mia and Lexi become best friends and she basically becomes part of the Farraday family. Later on, Lexi even falls in love with Zach, much to Jude's (Mia and Zach's mother) distaste. But it only takes one tragic accident to tear that all apart. The book is told in a few people's perspectives, and I'll only name two otherwise there will be spoilers. I enjoyed the multiple perspectives, because each person always had their own side of the story, and one was oblivious to how the other was feeling. Jude was really protective over her twins, maybe even a little overprotective. Her character at the beginning of the book was a strong woman. She tried her best to protect her children from doing anything wrong like drugs or alcohol, but maybe it was her protectiveness that led them to rebel against her. After the accident, she became a fragile person, she even described herself as a porcelain doll who had to be handled with care. Lexi was the opposite of rich. She lived with her aunt in a double-wide trailer, and her aunt still had to work fifty hours a day to pay for all the costs. However, Lexi was a very caring person, and she knew right from wrong, which was what led her to pretty much lose almost everything. During the first half of the book, I was really pulled in because of Lexi's family situation. With a now dead mother who was a drug addict, she must have went through tough times. I just felt bad that she went from one foster family to another, never really being loved, never really being part of the family. And suddenly her aunt takes her in, and I felt so happy for her. After the tragic accident, for the rest of the book, every time I opened it and read a few lines, I was crying. My eyes were full of tears and I couldn't even see the page in front of me. Kristin Hannah put such realistic emotions in there, describing everything with detail, the heartbreak and the depression. I couldn't even think of the book without crying, my eyes are still swelled up and red. Night Road teaches a lesson about a (unfortunately) common issue in the world, which is drinking and driving and the consequences of it. It's a story about making friends and forgiving the ones you love, no matter what. I absolutely fell in love with this book, and also with Kristin Hannah's writing.
Date published: 2012-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haven't cried this much from reading... The blurb at the back of the book doesn't do the story justice. I am not a huge fan of stories based on parent-child relationships, but this book is way more than that! It is about friendship, love and growing up. It reminds me of "Summer Sisters" by Judy Blume in its own way. Kristin Hannah creates characters that I fell in love with, and it is these characters that will keep you reading, and unfortunately crying throughout the later half of the book. As much as I enjoyed this book, I did find certain points in the plot a bit unbelievable. The transition between time is not smooth in some points, which threw me off. But that might just be my problem. Overall, this is a great book. I rarely cry over anything, but even when I cheated and scanned through the book to find out what happened in the end, I cried. And I ended up crying for those characters a second time when I read the book properly from beginning to end. I will definitely consider picking up another Kristin Hannah book after this.
Date published: 2012-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely Hannah's Best! If you don’t know by now, I’ll tell you: I adore Kristin Hannah. I had never heard of her until the summer of last year when I was aimlessly scouring the shelves of my local library and came across her books. After reading only one of them, I knew I had another favourite author on my hands. The funny thing about Night Road is how I acquired it. You see, when we travel, I have a tendency to go through Crazy Town and back trying to figure out what books to pack. I’m very much a mood reader and just pick up whatever takes my fancy when I read. I have choices. But when we travel, I can’t pack up all 500+ books in my home library. I also don’t want to be packing any hardcover, or overly large books in my carry-on, so I’m usually in quite the dilemma. For our last vacation, I packed about 5 books, which was pretty good for a vacation where I wasn’t planning on doing a heck of a lot of reading. By the time we were getting ready to board the airplane home – bags checked, airplane snacks purchased – I took a walk around the airport. I have a tendency to wander into bookstores whenever I see them, so when I saw the few shelves of books in one of the few shops at the airport, I went in to take a look. Of course, I already had 3 books in my carry-on at the time, having finished only 2 for the flight to our destination and during the course of our vacation. But, naturally, Kristin Hannah’s Night Road drew me in and I abandoned the books from my TBR shelf and bought this shiny new one for the plane. Awesome, huh? Lucky for me, the book turned out to be pretty amazing. Not that I would expect anything less from Kristin Hannah. Her way with words and how she gets right down to the raw, human emotion is why I stick with her. Her books draw me in like not many authors can. When it comes to Night Road, I’m sure we’ve all had that friend. You know, the one with the good-looking brother who has all the cool friends, whereas our new friend isn’t so cool, but we love them anyway because we’re not so cool ourselves. And then, as time goes on, we find ourselves in love with the brother, but not willing to give up our friendship with either in case things do or don’t work out? OK, I didn’t have that story growing up, but Lexi did. Lexi’s one of the main characters in Night Road and she comes from a broken family. Her dad died and her mother was in prison. Lexi pretty much lived in foster homes, going from family to family until one day she finds actual family who want to take her in. Forever. Once she finds this family, an aunt, her life turns around. This is a story about love, friendship, and forgiveness. It’s about how the dynamics of love can change within one day and how one stupid thing will change an entire life. Hannah leaves the reader with the question: What would you be willing to do for love? Would you risk it all? I don’t want to ruin any of this wonderful novel for any future readers, but Hannah weaved such a great story that it’s hard not to classify this as being one of her best works. The first thing I thought of while reading it was that there was so much going on, so many questions raised, that it would be a great book for a book club to read. I can imagine some very lively discussions going on. I laughed, I cried, I empathized with the characters, and when the whole world changed, I found myself completely swept away. The entire story is amazing and I could not stop reading it. In fact, I started it the afternoon we were flying and finished it the morning after (when I was home sick with a head cold). Once I finished it, I was happy to realize it was one of those books with the perfect story, the perfect characters, and the perfect ending — one that I would recommend to anyone to read.
Date published: 2012-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Jude Farraday is a happily married, stay-at-home mom who puts everyone’s needs above her own including that of her happy teenage twins Mia and Zach. When Lexi Baill - a former foster child with a dark past enters their lives - no one is more supportive than Jude. Lexi quickly becomes Mia’s best friend , Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. As the end of senior year approaches, drinking and partying become a constant and one night Jude’s worst fears are confirmed: there is an accident. In an instant, Jude's idyllic life is shattered and her close-knit community is torn apart. People, including Jude, demand justice and the finger of blame is pointed solely on eighteen-year-old Lexi. In a moment of weakness, guilt-ridden Lexi gives up everything that matters to her—the boy she loves, her place in the family, and the best friend she ever had—while Jude loses even more. Years later, as an older and wiser Lexi returns to the community, long buried feelings will rise again and Jude will finally have to face the woman she has become. She must decide whether to remain broken or try to forgive both Lexi…and herself. NIGHT ROAD is a vivid, emotionally complex novel that 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.
Date published: 2011-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from another winner for Hannah Jude Farraday has raised her two children, twins Mia and Zach, by being very involved in their upbringing. She has been there for every step and has helped plan their every move. The twins are bright, smart and Zach is popular. Mia is a little shyer and but when she enters high school she meets Lexi Baill, a former foster child. They become inseparable and when Lexi and Zach fall in love, everything is perfect. Senior year at high school the twins are a little more rebellious against their mother. Jude becomes more and more concerned about their well-being. And then the worst possible thing happens and there is an accident. Lexi gets all the blame and faces it with integrity. Night Road is a novel about profound loss and how it affects each member of the family. It is a story that tells about doing the right thing and the courage that takes. Forgiveness is the hardest thing in the world but love is the most lasting and hope is the most powerful. This book is an emotional read that I just couldn't put down. Loved it!!
Date published: 2011-02-09

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Night Road

by Kristin Hannah

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 9.43 × 6.63 × 1.41 in

Published: March 29, 2011

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312364423

ISBN - 13: 9780312364427

About the Book

"Night Road" is a vivid, emotionally complex novel that raises profound questions about motherhood, loss, identity, and forgiveness. It is an exquisite, heartbreaking novel that speaks to women everywhere about the things that matter most.

Read from the Book

Night Road Behind the Novel How little I knew about the world, and about parenting. When my son started school, I relaxed a tiny bit. He had made it past the dangerous years--or so I thought. He had learned how to cross the street, to wear a helmet, to ask for help, to stay away from strangers. But how do you keep them safe when the danger comes from within? Senior year of high school. The Big Year. I wanted so much for him in that year--to love his classes, do well in his endeavors, ace the SAT, go to the prom, sign his yearbook, pick his college. All of it. I remembered how much fun I had senior year, and I wanted the same for him. I didn''t realize how much the world had changed ... and how much it had stayed the same. It''s been five years now since my son graduated from high school, and those few years have given me a little space. I''ve gone through the empty nest and come out on the other side. Now, finally, I can look back on that incredibly difficult year and see it for what it was. See me for who I was, and see the mistakes I made along the way. And I made more than a few, believe me. In retrospect, I think we underestimate the immense pressure our kids are operating under in that last year of high school. We don''t realize how much they want to make us proud ... and how much they fear failing. They''re ready to fly away from the nest, but they don''t really want to test their wings. Everything is dangerous--tests can be suddenly failed, teams can lose, application
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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 the Author

Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of novels including Firefly Lane, True Colors and Winter Garden. She was born in Southern California and moved to Western Washington when she was eight. A former lawyer, Hannah started writing when she was pregnant and on bed rest for five months. Writing soon became an obsession, and she has been at it ever since. She is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

Editorial Reviews

"Night Road is one special book that can transform the lives of readers by influencing how they think about certain important life issues. The reader becomes a first-hand witness to the pitfalls of parenthood, mortality, heartbreak, guilt, life choices, grief, forgiveness, and much more. In short, the entire range of human emotions are explored in this...hopeful book about the triumphant power of the human spirit in the process of forgiveness."
— New York Journal of Books

"…movingly written and plotted with the heartless skill of a Greek tragedy, you’ll keep turning the pages until the last racking sob."
— The Daily Mail

"A rich, multilayered reading experience, and an easy recommendation for book clubs."
— Library Journal (starred review)

"Hannah masterfully details the unraveling of a family."
— People magazine

"Kristin Hannah is back in top form with Night Road…it will hook Hannah fans from start to suspenseful finish"
— The Seattle Times

"Kristin Hannah lets loose here, daring her readers to keep the tears at bay."
— Newark  Star-Ledger

"Hannah effectively builds tension as the novel moves towards the pivotal tragedy and maintains suspense afterward not only with several surprising twists but, more subtly, with the way she limns the grief and eventual healing of her appealing characters."
— Booklist, Reviewed by Kristine Huntley
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