Summary

For 18 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 Mia and Zach leave the house, she worries about them. On a hot summer’s night her worst fears are realized. 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.
©2011 Kristin Hannah (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Colin on 14-03-18

Well crafted

This could so easily been a sentimental love story. What lifts it beyond that is the quality of the characterisation. People with all their irritating flaws, young teens finding their way, decisions that have big consequences . . . I really got drawn into this.

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5 out of 5 stars
By V Nerd on 02-01-18

Get ready for the feels!!

Any additional comments?

How far would you go to protect one of your children?

This is the question in this heartbreaking book.

Jude has it all, a perfect family, a perfect house, a perfect life.
Her kids are popular at school (well one of them, the other pretends she is) and everything is rosy.

Jude is the perfect mother to twins Zach and Mia and they love her for it, everything she does is for them.

Mia is unhappy though, she doesn't fit in at school and has no friends, that is until one day, a girl called Lexi sits next to her and begins to talk to her, they then become inseparable best friends.
This concerns Jude as Lexi comes from the wrong side of the tracks, but gives Lexi the benefit of the doubt and soon she becomes an addition to their perfect family.

After a stupid mistake is made one night the family's life is never the same again and Lexi is pushed out of the families embrace.

I loved this story and was moved to tears on many occasions, it has friendship, love, loss and fear in bucket loads.

A definite recommendation from me!

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3 out of 5 stars
By selena on 10-05-11

Took awhile to get into but worth it

I understand why one reviewer would say it's geared toward teenagers except for the mothers perspective and depth of loss would be too much for a younger person to relate to. It took a bit to get into, but the author takes her time to develop the intricacies and inner turmoils of the relationships with the characters so once the true drama begins you are so familiar with them that it was worth going thru.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Ms Winston on 06-12-14

More A Young Adult Book Than I Thought

What did you like best about Night Road? What did you like least?

The basic plot was of interest --- a foster child finally achieves her heart's desire by acquiring a loving older relative and a set of contemporary friends. However, the characters became cliches very quickly -- the annoying helicopter mother Jude, the passive husband, and the spoiled rich twins. It is very hard to believe that the male twin, Zack, is the most popular boy in high school, and there is not much motivation for him to want to give up an education at a major university for city college and an insecure girl friend.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was fairly predictable..

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kathleen McInerney?

Yes, with reservations. Ms McInerney did a very credible job with the adults, was okay as Zack and Lexie, but terrible with the character of Mia. Mia sounded as though she were about 5 years old throughout the entire narration...it was so annoying to hear her high-pitched whine...

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably. Would not be waiting with bated breath, however...

Any additional comments?

I normally enjoy books by this author, but I felt this was below her usual standard.
There was far too much time spent on teenage characters who did not seem that real, but the alternative was an obsessed helicopter mom..so take your choice..

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