November Road by Lou Berney

November Road: A Novel by [Berney, Lou]

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Print

Dates Read: 4/1/19-4/2/19

I bet you can’t guess where I heard this book from? Okay, so story time, I genuinely was excited when this book came in my September 2018 BOTM box (you can ask my dad, I’m telling the truth). I think what was so intriguing to me was the idea that it was set around the Kennedy assassination, which has always been a part of history I have found full of curiosity (also the Holocaust and the Civil Rights movements are my major areas of historical interest). This book delves into the crossover of historical fiction and thriller that I truly enjoyed and here’s why:

So in this book, the mafia put a hit on Kennedy (which btw is a real conspiracy theory. Kennedy and the mafia were enemies, and many people believe that the mafia conspired to pull off the hit. Also, Jack Ruby is believed to have mafia connection) and that they pinned it all on the doof Lee Harvey Oswald. This book follows Frank Guidry as he helps clean up the get away car before realizing that he knows too much about the situation to be kept alive. He then attempts to flee, driving west in order to get out of dodge until he can get out of the country.

Charlotte is the mother of two girls who feels very trapped in her small town (I feel ya girl) and her alcoholic husband. While he has never done anything abusive to either her or her girls, she just reaches a point where she wants more for her life. So in the middle of the night, she packs up her and her girls (and the family dog Lucky) and start to drive west to reach Malibu where her estranged aunt lives. A car accident leaves her stranded in a motel for a few days where she meets Guidry.

Barone is the clean up man for the mafia. After killing the weapon dealer for the Kennedy assassination (a fight that led to a switchblade to the hand, which is an important detail, I promise), he learns that his new target is Guidry. He misses his mark, causing him to begin tracking Guidry until he can complete the job.

My personal opinion: I loved the thriller, had no issue with the historical context, but man I hated the relationship between Charlotte and Guidry. I truly wouldn’t have so much issue if he made a few changes to his decisions, but I totally think that that was the whole point. I just think I want something to be grumpy about. There were times where it felt a little dense and hard to keep up with, especially all the names. There was also a point where it felt like characters were added purely because Berney could, which listen, I get it. But still…. come on man. These are all nit-picky things, but I write the rules so here’s what I think

But I truly liked it and would give it 4.5 out of 5. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to let me know in the comments or e-mail me at And as always, I will see you all in the next book!

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