A Novel by James Anderson
Because I have near a year of OTR training and driving, out of Utah, I felt this tory would be right up my alley. I'm not a retired driver; it was just something I wanted to experience. It was fun, but it was tiring after those months. I'd been young and had a plan that didn't come to fruition. I believe this book did though. Today's review is about the novel Lullaby Road by James Anderson.
It took me a while to understand what Lullaby Road was about. The story derives from another book written by Anderson, making the story feel like a series. Thankfully, it's not. The author's previous book, The Never-Open Desert Diner, is a location mentioned in Lullaby Road, so I'm assuming many of the characters crossed over as well, but it is a stand alone read.
Filled with curious personalities, the story tells of a truck driver who's got a fractured past. He's a good man who desires to be alone, with available friends only when he wants them. He enjoys his quiet life, but deep down, he's lonely. He almost feels he deserves the loneliness.
When a gift is left for him, on a wintery day, he's baffled beyond measure. Someone, an associate, has left a child for him to care for. They left a note, but it's vague and mysterious. Add to that, the unexpected babysitting gig of a close friend and the story begins.
Lullaby Road is not a fast-paced story. Anderson took time to build on each interaction, each personality and each flaw. It made the story interesting, but also created a drag for me. I like my suspense much more eventful. Not to say the story isn't good. It's very good, with humor, intrigue and an excellent ending, but the plot was deep. It turned out be bigger than I'd imagined.
If you're interested in the Lullaby Road, check it out. It released January 2018. Grab yourself a copy of the Never-Open Desert Diner as well. Cheers!
Crown Publishing, January 2018
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