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Book Review: General Fiction

Posted on Mar 25, 2017 |

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti


General Fiction

This is a unique book—I can’t think of any novels to compare it to. It begins when Loo is twelve years old. She and her father have been on the run her entire life—sometimes staying someplace for six months, other times moving quickly from hotel to hotel in the dead of night. Now, Loo’s father Hawley buys a home in Loo’s dead mother’s hometown in Massachusetts with the idea that they won’t have to move again and Loo can have something resembling a normal life.

The story covers Loo from the age of twelve to seventeen and went back and forth in time to how Hawley met her mother and how he got his twelve gunshot wounds. Some of the writing was really beautiful, but what kept me turning pages was wanting to find out about Hawley’s criminal past and what was going to happen to the two of them.

Unfortunately, I didn’t identify or like any of the characters, so I didn’t love the book.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.


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