The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

Alaska, 1974.Untamed.Unpredictable.And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit. From the author who brought you the phenomenon of The Nightingale.

Details The Great Alone

TitleThe Great Alone
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult Fiction

Reviews The Great Alone

  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...Wow!! This was a FANTASTIC novel. There’s no way that anyone could have pried this book from my hands while I was reading it.Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors and I am always excited when a new book is going to be released. When I found out that her new book, “The Great Alone” was set in Alaska in 1974 (the year I was born); I was itching to get reading.As th...
  • Melissa
    *3.5 stars*When it comes to emotionally compelling fiction, without a doubt, Kristin Hannah is in a league of her own. Over the years, she’s taken me to the brink of hopelessness, dangled me over the edge of complete devastation and trampled my heart in the process. Where I think her magic lies is in knowing just the right moment to toss out a lifeline—restoring faith, inciting love and in some cases, leaving me in complete and utter awe.Natu...
  • Angela M
    “Were you ever out in the Great Alone, when the moon was awful clear, And the icy mountains hemmed you in with a silence you most could hear; With only the howl of a timber wolf, and you camped there in the cold, A half-dead thing in a stark, dead world, clean mad for the muck called gold; While high overhead, green, yellow and red, the North Lights swept in bars? — Then you've a hunch what the music meant. . . hunger and night and the ...
  • Carol
    OH BOY. ALASKA. THE GREAT ALONE. KRISTIN HANNAH grabbed my attention from the get-go with her freaky cold (Brrrrrrrr) descriptively atmospheric novel set in a remote 1970's Alaska where "you can make one mistake, but the second one will kill you"......literally. THE FIRST HALF of the story introduces the reader to the Allbright family and the shock of their unimaginably dangerous and unpredictable new life in the wild.LIVING ROUGH (Yikes!) in the...
  • Diane S ☔
    Book coincidences. I always read multiple books at the same time, always have. So, I was reading History of Wolves, and because I had paper Arcs of both books and wanted to pass them on, I also started this one. Both deal with the trauma of war, but this one was set in Alaska, and I love books set in cold climates. It is the seventies and Ernt, who came back much changed from Vietnam, can't seem to settle. Moving his small family from place to pl...
  • Paromjit
    This is my first read by Kristin Hannah and I adored it. Set in the 1970s, it is about Ernt Allbright, a man who returns home to Seattle after being a POW in the Vietnam War. He is now a changed man, suffering sleepless nights, flashbacks, nightmares and volatile in his behaviour. PTSD was an undiagnosed condition at the time but it ravaged Ernt's life and that of his wife, Cora, and his 13 year old daughter, Leni. The Allbright family used to ha...
  • Linda
    Like a curved, upturned palm, Alaska beckons with her beauty, her majesty, and her prolific grandeur. The awe-inspiring allure gestures first until the ruggedness of her backbone sets in.The Allbright family lives on the edge of a nomad's existence. Seattle, once filled with promise, no longer does. It's 1974 and these displaced individuals are the walking wounded. Ernt bears the mental and physical scars of being a prisoner of war held in Vietna...
  • Ashley
    While many of Hannah's previous books didn't work for me (hi. I have a degree in World War II history -- her most popular book just didn't work for me). But you know what did work for me? The Great Alone. This is a breathtaking piece of work that took me through my workout at the gym, to my lunch hour, to the final pages in bed where I couldn't believe it was ending.
  • Brandie
    4.5 StarsI had a love/hate relationship with this book. The first half was hard to read, but I loved the second half. ------------------------After having a little time to digest what I just finished reading, there is more that needs said about this book.I always know when I pick up a Kristin Hannah book that I'm going to be in for an emotional ride. Every single one of her books has left me feeling drained, my heart broken and pieced back togeth...
  • Dorie
    This is a great book with wonderful descriptive writing about the landscape and climate in Alaska. The majority of the book takes place there and it’s amazing to me that anyone would love to live there, mainly because the lack of much daylight all winter long, and that winter lasts nine months.It is 1974 at the start of the book and Leni Allbright is the new girl in middle school in Seattle, at the age of thirteen she has already been in many ...
  • Jennifer
    Fantastic read. In the early 1970s a young family - Cora and her husband Ernt, a recently returned Vietnam POW, take 13 year old Leni and move to Alaska to start over again. Underprepared for the weather and remote living, and dragging the ghosts of Ernt's then-unrecognized PSDT with them, they fight to build a home and survive in a strange, beautiful, and harsh environment. But the dark Alaskan night is unforgiving, bringing out demons that allo...
  • Laura Rash
    5 stars aren’t enough for this one! Somehow Kristin Hannah can transport you into another world, another life & even with its intense, raw & emotional tale leave you wanting more. Wild Alaska in the 70’s, Vietnam POW, emotional & physical abuse, accidents, children & survival: I’m at a loss for more words to describe it. Thanks so very much to St. Martins Press for this early copy in exchange for review.
  • Jamie
    I spent three wonderful weeks savoring every page with Leni, Cora, Matthew and the other amazing characters that came to life from Kristin Hannah's writing. I'm a quick reader but I wanted to pace myself with this one as I did not want it to end. I can't imagine the pressure to write a novel after the incredible success of The Nightingale. While I have not yet read The Nightingale (blasphemy, I know), this book is now the front runner for me in m...
  • Nancy McFarlane
    The Allbright family has barely managed to survive since Ernt returned from a prisoner of war camp in Viet Nam. 13 year old Leni loves her mother Cora unconditionally and she tries really hard to love her father but she doesn’t understand why her mother accepts the abuse and the cruelty her father dishes out when one of ‘his moods’ comes on. In a last attempt to fit into society in a post Viet Nam era the family moves to what is at the time...
  • Tara
    I was thrilled to receive this new novel by Kristin Hannah. Her last book was deep and difficult to get through in a right way. This book was much like that. I read it in two days as it grabbed my attention immediately and I wanted to know how the story continued. The story is rich in characters, settings, and plot. I could easily picture Alaska and what Brie and Cora were dealing with. This story is a wonderfully tragic and profound dark story t...
  • Lori
    I was lucky enough to win this thru Goodreads and was so excited to get it.I’ll start by saying if it wasn’t a book by Kristin Hannah, I’d have never picked it up. The idea of living off grid in such a wild, unforgiving place like Alaska, holds no appeal for me. The first probably half of this book was hard for me. I felt a lot of anxiety reading about their struggles and felt the confinement in my gut about living thru an Alaskan winter an...
  • Stephanie Crowe
    Oh My! In Hannah’s latest novel, I was transported to another world, Alaska! I met the Allbright family and once I was immersed in their lives I had a difficult time returning to my reality. Len is 14 when she and her parents head for Alaska. Her father, a POW survivor from Vietnam, wanted an isolated life as he had difficulty functioning in regular society. Her mother, Cora, loved him so followed him. But all was not good and we come to know a...
  • Lynn
    This is a novel about Alaska, and the people who came to the "last frontier", wanting to live in the great outdoors and be masters of their own lives. As I read these pages, my emotions were on a roller-coaster: fear, frustration, love, anger, determination, happiness, grief, hatred, sorrow, worry, determination, survival, imagination, and faith.I read this EARC courtesy of Edelweiss and MacMillan; pub date 02/16/18
  • Jenny
    A testament to the persistence and fortitude of the human spirit and the courage of a family forced to undergo extraordinary adversity. THE GREAT ALONE is Hannah at the height of her literary powers. Raw. Visceral. Extraordinary.
  • Madison
    Pulled an all-nighter because I couldn't put this one down. Alaska is very much a character in this story - a beautiful, but dangerous character - that draws you farther in. Loved the people characters, too :) Ones you love and ones you love to hate. Couldn't stop reading.
  • Tammy
    Kristin Hannah writes pleasurable commercial women's fiction. The Great Alone is plot driven and reads quickly. All in all this is a satisfying read.
  • Cathy Branciforte
    I don't even know where to begin or how to do a book like this justice ( if only I could write like Kristin Hannah)...... I would have to say this could be one of the top 5 books I've ever read. It was that good. I am in awe of an author who can dream up a story like this and then write it so beautifully to make a reader feel as if they are living in the world of the characters. In this case their world is Alaska, another character in the book, w...
  • KBev
    Love, love, love this book. Had physical reactions to multiple things in this book. Whether I was cringing at abuse or tearing up at heart wrenching situations. So good. Really hard to read at times, but ultimately hopeful. While the content of the book is different from The Nightingale, the power and the feelings that it brings for the characters are the same.
  • Sarah
    Loved it!
  • Reca
    This was anothe great Kristin Hannah book. For me, some of the books by her I end up enjoying the best start slow, but then pick up the pace in the back half. The first part of the book is setting the story and due to the wonderful descriptions, I feel like I had a great view of what Alaska looked like in the 1970s. By the end, I couldn't put the book down and now I'm sad it's over.
  • Kristen
    I stopped reading this about half way through. I received this as an ARC and had high hopes after reading The Nightingale. However, I was sorely disappointed. It started out promising, but I got so tired of reading one more book where an abusive man controlled the lives of others around him, specifically his wife and child. I cringed at several scenes, including (spoiler alert) him forcing his daughter to eat a still beating rabbit heart after a ...
  • Kim
    What an amazing book. I read it quickly, in just a few days. The picture of living in rural Alaska back in the mid-70s was truly incredible. The wild, rugged beauty of the landscape and the harsh living conditions were alternately frightening and intriguing at once.The book is extremely dark and violent, however. It is the story of domestic violence, and the strong bonds of silence and secrecy that come with it. Leni's life was not one of quiet t...
  • Jillian
    'The Nightingale' by Kristin Hannah is one of my most-loved books. It's such a special story with unforgettable characters, and I have recommended it to everyone I know. When I heard Kristin Hannah was releasing a new book, I knew I had to read it, so when @stmartinspress sent this advanced copy over, I was ecstatic. I'm going to say it right out because I know this is what people would like to know - it is not 'The Nightingale.' I know it is unf...