Night Road - Kristin Hannah

Night Road

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2011-03-22
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,374 Ratings


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

Life comes down to a series of choices.

To hold on…

To let 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.

"You cannot read Night Road and not be affected by the story and the characters. The total impact of the book will stay with you for days to come after it is finished." —The Huffington Post


  • Very engrossing

    By inthemoment
    This book drew me in right away. Kristin Hannah writes fiction in a way that pulls you in and keeps you there, while being extremely relatable. She touches on subjects that all of us can have experienced: grief, love, loss, joy etc. This is an author who I only discovered last year and I cannot wait to read more of her books.
  • Had me in tears.

    By Bird bird bird bird bird55555
    I am not a big reader, let me just point that out. I have read many books, not on my own will, and most are really boring and difficult to finish. I had to read a book for a school report, so I chose Night Road. I read the first few pages, and immediately became attached. I ended up reading the whole book in a day. This is a story I will keep with me my whole life. It is beautifully written, and at a certain point, it had me uncontrollably crying. I recommend this book for everyone, especially teens, in which I am one. And let me just say, this message really got to me, and I hope it will get to everyone who reads it. Thank you Kristin Hannah for an amazing story.
  • Wonderful!

    By wrigleyraintexas
    I didn't want this book to end. I fell in love with every character. This is my second Hannah novel and I will definitely be reading a third!
  • Night Road

    By BPF72
    Though I couldn't put this book down it was quite depressing - especially if you are a parent. I'm not sure I would've bought it if I realized how sad it would be ahead of time. I liked how well we got to know the characters - though I found Jude to be over the top at times. Definitely an engaging story - just sad!
  • Loved Night Road

    By SMM-b
    This is the first book I have read of Kristin Hannah's. Like the other reviews, I laughed and then I cried! Great book, I literally read all 385 pages starting Friday night and finishing Sunday night!
  • Best Book Ever....!!!!!!!!

    By Nskdmckandienxlqbenx
    I laughed, I cried, I cried again, and I continued to cry. This book changed the way I looked at life, made me re think the choices I've made.. And made see things from a different view. This was honestly the most amazing story I've ever read, and I recommend to anyone... Even if you think it isn't your "type" of book.. Amazing
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  • Great read!

    By LishaG20
    I really loved this book, I just started reading the books by this author and I have loved both of the ones I read. (This one and Angel Falls) It's a real tearjerker, and you really get to know the characters. A few things I found a little too much though is how the mother Jude acts toward the other characters, it's way over the top and too dramatic. Also I'm sorry but it made no sense why they spoke Spanish as well some times. Just because the kids took it for a year the whole family is going to start using it form then on in everyday conversation? Too unreal, that would not happen. I wondered though out the whole novel why they spoke it because they obviously are not Spanish themselves by the way they are described, so what's the point? There isn't one. It does get annoying. Both stories I've read she does this and I do not know why. Other then that great read.
  • Amazing

    By Mitches07
    This book was hands down 5 stars could not put it down!!
  • Amazing!

    By EmanuelaEmy
    One of the best books I have ever read! I loved it so much!