Saturday, June 25, 2011

Review - Night Road by Kristin Hannah

I finished reading Kristin Hannah's Night Road earlier this afternoon and I can not stop thinking about the story.  I want to share this book with everyone I know. I want to talk about it and ask people what they thought of this part and that part.  I want to ask people, "How would you (or how did you) handle this?" My husband and I had a decent conversation about one of the main topics in Night Road.

Now that I've admitted my need to talk about and share this book - I confess that I don't know what to write in this review.  Meaning, I don't want to give any of the emotional roller coaster away.  This book is definitely a journey.  One that had me tearing me up and feeling like I had to catch my breath when I looked in on my own children a little while ago.

I think you may want to read this book if:
- You are a parent..
- You ever want to be a parent.
- You remember being a teenager (or still are) and struggling with feeling like an adult but still having to adhere to rules.
- You've ever loved a child to the exclusion of yourself.
-You've ever suffered an unfathomable loss but still found a way (eventually) to carry on.
- You've ever made a mistake you'd give anything to fix.

My list of reasons you might want to read this book could definitely go on.  I will say that there were a few grammatical issues, and a glaring inaccuracy in timeline in the book.  Obviously I noticed them (I think it's the writer in me) but in no way did these few things detract from the story for me.

This is the second book I've read by Kristin Hannah.  The first was Firefly Lane - which had me bawling my eyes out for the last fifty or so pages.  In Night Road Ms. Hannah writes an emotionally upheaving and ultimately hopeful story about the human ability to love - if we just allow ourselves the freedom.


  1. I felt the same way about wanting to discuss this with someone. I think it would be a great book club read, don't you? I also enjoyed "Magic Hour" by her, which is my favorite read for June so far.

  2. It is a book that is especially sensitive to relationships and how our own issues can cause such sorrow to another who tries hard to be loved. Written well and recommend this to anyone. Especially if you want to be in touch with your emotions. Powerful.