Disclosure: I received a copy of Lullaby Road in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are purely my own.
The entire basis of this blog is the constant lament that I never get to finish anything as a parent of small children. I can hardly finish a sentence most days, so reading books has been out of the question for about a year. That needed to change! I used to devour books (figuratively… I don’t eat books) as a kid and wanted to get back to my bookworm beginnings. It’s important to me that my kids see me reading for enjoyment so that in turn, they will model my behavior and become leisure readers as well.
I have always leaned toward mysteries in my book selections. Something with a little intrigue that keeps propelling me through the story line. Pleasure reading is a bit of an escape, so I like to select novels with interesting locations, or people, that are outside what I interact with every day.
The description for Lullaby Road piqued my interest! It’s about a truck driver in the Utah desert who has a delivery route through small run-down towns. He is unexpectedly saddled with a young child to look after with a mysterious past. Over the course of just a few days, he has encounters with many of the locals who have mysterious pasts of their own. The book follows his path to find the origins of the child, which is filled with conflict from people and weather along the way.
This is the second book from James Anderson, his first being The Never-Open Desert Diner.
This book was a very quick read! I flew through it in a night due to his very direct style of writing. While Lullaby Road isn’t necessarily a sequel to The Never-Open Desert Diner, I do feel that I would have benefited from reading Anderson’s first book first. He describes the backstory of each character in Lullaby Road, even ones that may have appeared in his first novel, but makes quick references to past events that were likely more fleshed out in his first book. That being said, my comprehension of this book didn’t suffer by lacking the knowledge from the first book.
Anderson penned a very interesting tale of the adventures of Ben Jones filled with quirky characters and dangerous conflicts. I will say that the majority of the action happened in the last 10-15% of the book. It was like a semi ascending a low grade hill and then speeding down a steep incline on the other side. It took a while to get there, but then once the action got going, it didn’t stop.
I was a little disappointed at the amount of mystery that was left at the end of the book. There was one character in particular that I really cared about, but there was no real resolution to that person’s story line. I believe it was meant to be that way, but I like to have endings tied up in a bow. I think that there could have been a little more detail in the ending chapters to provide some closure, but then again, this leaves a gateway open to a third book!
Should You Read It?
I thought it was an easy read. If you are looking for an interesting mystery, I’d say go for it. I don’t know if it will make my all-time favorites list, but I don’t regret my time reading it! It certainly introduced me to the lives of people in the desert, who, according to this book, have a very different way of life than I do in the Midwest!
What books have you read lately?
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.