Lullaby Road by James Anderson

Thank you to NetGalley, Crown Publishing, and Penguin Random House through the First to Read program for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Highway 117 is a remote road that runs through the Utah desert. It is trafficked by oddballs and fugitives. When local truck driver Ben Jones finds an abandoned, mute Hispanic child at a gas station along his route, he knows something has gone awry. Who would leave a child out there in the cold winter season?  With the help of his eccentric neighbors, Ben sets out to help the kid and learn the truth. What he didn’t expect was to make new friends, lose old ones, and find himself in danger.

I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn’t get into it. When I started reading this book, I was unaware that it was a sequel. I thought I might still be able to understand what was going on, but there were quite a few veiled references and allusions made that are probably referring to something from the first book, which is why I wasn’t able to follow along. I would definitely recommend people read the first book before reading this one. I also didn’t really love the writing style. I found it overly descriptive, especially when it came to automobiles (which I really have no interest in). I also found the plot very confusing: there were a lot of characters introduced and it wasn’t always clear how everything was going to play out. I really wanted the story to focus on the child but that was not the case here. There have been a lot of positive reviews out for this book, but it just wasn’t for me. I’m giving this a 2/5 stars.

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