Reading for Me

The Books I Have Read…..Just for Me

#12: Night Road (Kristin Hannah)

on March 22, 2013

“Time heals all wounds.” Does it really? Whose wounds are healed — those of the victim, the culprit, or the survivor? These are the types of questions explored in Night Road, the 2011 novel by Kristin Hannah. I discovered Hannah's writing earlier this year as I listened to Home Front on audio book and immediately realized this was an author that spoke to me. Night Road found me at the perfect time and place.

Night Road follows Zack and Mia, twin children of Jude and Miles, during their school years and early adulthood. This close-knit family is the epitome of the American dream. Mia, however, struggles with loneliness and lacks a close friend. That situation changes when Lexi moves into the neighborhood. Lexi has survived the foster home system and is now moving into a new situation with a elderly aunt she never knew existed. Lexi and Mia become fast friends; Zack becomes the object of Lexi's attention as well. The three become inseparable……until tragedy strikes.

Night Road beautifully explores the concepts of grief, redemption, restitution, and forgiveness against the backdrop of non-traditional families and the constancy of loving friendships. Kristin Hannah is a gifted storyteller whose words weave a well-crafted cocoon for her characters to fully develop and experience transformation. I found myself laughing between the tears repeatedly and was unable to begin another book immediately since I wasn't ready for the story to end.

The best compliment I can give the book is that I will certainly pick up another of Hannah's novels in the future to get a fix of my latest reader's addiction. To learn more about the author, check out her website at



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