Night Road - Kristin Hannah

Night Road

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2011-03-22
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 2,148 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


  • Unbelievable

    By HeartHenry
    Not only do I know every bit of geography in this book having lived in Kitsap County for nearly 40 years, this story was our life ten years ago when our six-month old grandson was killed by a man who was not only in pain meds but also was texting. I cried literally through the entire second half of the book. The grief, the healing, the enduring love that holds this family together is what makes this book work. I almost didn’t read it because sometimes the grief still feels new. Ms. Hannah is a fantastic writer.
  • Kind of boring and repetitive

    By Mereiriz
    I loved The Nightingale and Winter Garden, but this one was very disappointing. Boring, repetitive. I ended up skimming through it out of boredom.
  • As usual Kristin Hannah BLOWS US AWAY

    By kaykaybean13
    This author never fails to disappoint. I love her and everything about her novels that she graciously shared with all of us true BIBLIOPHILES 😍❤️
  • Night Road

    By Bjwk2
    Another winner, could not put it down. Life is about making adjustments and this book proves that. A must read.
  • Not as good as nightingale

    By lauren loves layne
    I couldn’t stand the first half of the book. It felt like an old adult trying to write about high schoolers. Campy, basic, a bit cheesey and cliche. The second half got a bit more interesting but overall, I’d recommend passing if you’re older than 14.
  • Not as good as the nightingale

    By Jessiep813
    The nightingale is one of my favorite books. I recommend it to everyone. This book however fell flat for me. There were spots I cried my eyes out cause it was sad and well written but then other parts felt very amateur.
  • Night Road, the title, does not give away the plot of the book.

    By Pitty Pat Gamer
    I enjoyed the book very much. The book gave meaning to the power of choices, friendship, love and forgiveness. Lexi loves with all her heart and must explore how she handles different moral decisions. This book would be great for a parent to read with the teen during the Junior year of high school. Discussion of how different characters handle situations could help the teen think through handling them in his/her own life.
  • Tear jerker

    By Smartys23
    *** spoiler alert I woke up the next morning after reading this, and instantly Became grateful for the people in my life. It truly is relatable, as my husband blames himself for his sister’s accident as well and has a previously drug enveloped mother. This book really tested my emotions. I cried reading this. The beauty, the heartache, the trauma and the peace. This was a masterpiece. I’m speechless.
  • 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.