Book: Night Road
Author: Kristin Hannah
For a mother, life comes down to a series of choices.
To hold on…
To let go..
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 safe and on track for college. It has always been easy--until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time her kids leave the house, she worries about them.
On a hot summer’s night her worst fears come true. 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.-Goodreads
Review: This is one of those books that stays with you. I finished it weeks ago and can't stop thinking about it. Jude is a super mom (also a helicopter parent) who is challenged as her twins become teenagers. How much do you trust your kids? Are they truly being honest with you? How much freedom do you give them? It's a delicate balance. Jude thinks everything is fine until one fateful night. This book touches on a lot of issues including culpability, guilt, friendship, accountability and forgiveness. Jude is an extremely unlikable character (I seriously hated her at times and couldn't believe her husband didn't divorce her). Lexi was the most realistic character and my heart broke for her. I will say I was disappointed in the ending (it was too 'red bow' for me).
Overall-this was a powerful read.