Not what I expected from this amazing author. Story of despair & teenage tragedy & parental despondency. Prison. Bleak. Hopeless, but wait, after all that agony...will it end up all right??? Shoot me now. I am sorry I listened to this one.
After reading Nightgale from Kristin Hannah, I was very excited to read some of her other books, but Night Road was a disappointment.
I MIGHT be able to give her another chance, because of Nightgale, but this book was disappointing.
The general plot line was interesting, but the characters were annoying and the development was rushed and imbalanced, so I couldn't fully embrace the story.
I found the character of Jude irritating from the beginning. She was so self-righteous throughout the novel, and then she became bitter and unreasonable for the majority of the plot. I didn't really care to hear her thoughts and opinions, because I disagreed so much. Towards the end, she has some redemptive moments, but it the change feels extremely sudden, and I didn't trust it. There are a few plot points that are started, but honestly never brought up again--it felt choppy and I was not caught up in the emotion that a novel over this subject matter would elicit. Not my favorite listening experience.
Night Road is a very compelling story of friendship, enduring love, motherhood, poor choices and coping with the consequences. It's also about forgiveness of others and yourself. The characters are well-developed and ones the reader will feel strongly about. This story will bring laughs and tears. The narrator does an excellent job bringing it and the people to life. I only gave the story section a four because I believe there needs to be a small epilogue that includes Aunt Eva. She deserves that.
It would be hard to recommend this book. The sexual content would make it hard to recommend to a teenager however you would have to be 16 or 17 to be able to enjoy it.
I kept waiting for something to happen but it just kept on droning away about whether the boy of the well-to-do family loves the underprivileged girl and whether the parents would accept the girl as a suitable match for the boy and whether the twin sister of the boy, who is also the best friend of the girl, will be able to accept the devastating idea of her brother being with the girl.... blah... blah... blah. I was completely bored the whole time and actually made it to chapter 15 before I started skipping ahead to see if anything else would happen. Nope...
She did a very good job. That was the only thing that made the book worth listening to.
Not at all.
Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)
The top twenty
There's a few, without giving away any spoilers
* Gracie and her watch
* Carol and Jude "clicking"
* Lexi speaking with Jude the last time
Soft and soothing where she needed it to be, and Gracie almost sounded like her aunt.
The thermos, and Lexi walking Gracie in.......
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Well written, held your attention and kept you on the edge of your seat. One of the best downloads from all the books listened to so far. Gave you an actual ending and didn't leave you to assume the outcome.
I listened to over half of the book waiting for something to happen. Maybe it would entertain an 8th grader....