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- Print Length: 312 pages
- Publisher: Jennifer Hanning (15 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006OU2NNM
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- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
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What Happened To Polly (The Hamilton Sisters Book 1) Kindle Edition
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A strange man comes to the home of what appears to be the very ordinary home of the Hamiltons. Carmel (ten years old) is asked by her flustered mother to take her baby sister Polly to buy an ice-cream while she sorts out what this man wants.
On the way to the shops, Carmel sees a fair and instead of carrying on to the shops, she decides that she'll have just one ride. She leaves Polly tied with a ribbon to the fence while she goes on this ride, but when she finally gets back, she sees the ribbon but no Polly.
Carmel's day gets worse when she arrives home to find that her mother has been pushed down the stairs and her injuries leave her in a vegetative state. Carmel can never forgive herself for what happened to Polly and losing her mother is also hard to bear, especially as her father and elder sister seem united in their blame for her causing most of the problems that the family find themselves facing. Carmel throws herself into work and studying architecture, but then someone comes into her life who manages to start breaking down some of the cast-iron walls that she has put up
I seem to be going through a stage of picking up books that have me asking myself, "What would I have done in these circumstances?" This is a powerful story about a family falling apart after two life changings catastrophes. It's also a story of other people seeing beyond the pain and walls put up by people who have suffered shattering experiences and helping them come to find peace and hope in life. A very powerful story
I did find bits painful to read as it must be so, so hard not knowing what happened. For all the sadness in it, it is not a horrid story. It is very well written and I will say un-put-downable as I read most of it on one wet Sunday.
After reading the first few chapters, I so wanted to go straight to the end to see if it was a happy ending as I didn't know if I could bear it if it wasn't. I resisted and was so glad I did.
This is definitely a book I would recommend to everyone. I loved it.
The author creates a very believable cast, especially the three sisters involved. They each have their own distinctive character and this is important as the reader jumps from character to character.
As we find out what happened to Polly, we watch the sister who tied her to the railing struggle with guilt and family secrets are unearthed. Relationships are pushed to breaking point. The fall out from the kidnapping is immense and fascinating to watch.
My only reservation is that one of the character's actions (I won't say which - no spoilers here!) slightly jar with their age at the time. I didn't quite believe that someone that young would behave in such a way. However, it's not too big an issue and certainly not major enough to reduce the star rating.
The book is a highly readable family drama / thriller and features characters I really cared for. By the time I finished the book (I read from 4 till 7 am this morning to help me get back to sleep but I ended up unable to stop reading!), I felt emotionally drained and it was something of a relief to leave the characters behind! But, it was all worth it and I highly recommend the book!
The story is primarily told from the perspective of Carmel, Polly's older sister, who is the one who was looking after Polly at the time of her disappearance. You really want to feel sympathy for her, especially in the early years when she was pretty much rejected by the rest of her family, and it is easy to feel sympathetic towards her. However, in part two, as Carmel has grown up and the story is also told through a couple of other characters, you manage to understand why they feel the way they do about Carmel and how some other characters manage to come across in a good light - this is not a bad thing as it makes all the main characters seem a bit more real.
It is established relatively early on (about a third of the way into the story) what happened to Polly and you know from then on that the ending will be painful, but the ending still managed to take me by surprise and there are plenty of things going on before it gets to that point.
A wonderful story which, although was a free download at the time I ordered, I would have been happy to click on the "buy" button if it had appeared on the paid for list.
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