The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 8,956 Ratings


#1 New York Times Instant Bestseller

In Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.

Alaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Cora will do anything for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. Thirteen-year-old Leni, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, has little choice but to go along, daring to hope this new land promises her family a better future.

In a wild, remote corner of Alaska, the Allbrights find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the newcomers’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own.


  • The Great Alone

    By the next great read is...
    What a great read. Once into it, I hated putting the book down. The ups and downs kept me glued.
  • Perfect

    By Rose201212
    Such a beautiful story
  • Gripping

    By newimv
    Wow, I didn’t just read The Great Alone, I experienced it, a heart thumping ride, fantastic.
  • Twinkling with a Twinge of Predictability

    By Kodiaksgoldenlife
    This story was easy to read, but predictable overall. The beauty of Alaska is captured, but there was a ton of stereotyping. For example, the batter woman of a POW and the young girl forced to watch her weak mother “love” her father. That just didn’t sit right with me. Then, the fact that this poor boy is literally wrecked due to an impulsive fall after trying to save these two ladies— the Tom Walker town hero and the father’s hate toward anyone with money. I could go on and on. Definitely not up to the same standard as the Nightingale, which I loved.
  • Great book

    By Reader Girl Tiff
    I loved it and learning about Alaska. A great read.
  • Great Alone

    By YayaNetski
    Loved it. Great setting, plot and characters. It provides insight into domestic abuse . Also hope for life after sorrow.
  • Worth the read

    By Jules-lovesto-read
    Every woman should read this get herself a copy. Really good story here
  • The Great Alone

    By Kale Elle
    Impossible to put down. I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I finished it.
  • Another Great Book by Hannah

    By moshellll
    While not as good as the Nightingale in my opinion it’s still an incredible book. Takes some time to get into but WOW does she make you fall in love with the characters. Highly recommend
  • Great book!!

    By megten79
    Just read it! You won’t regret it.