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What Happened To Polly (The Hamilton Sisters Book 1) by [Hanning, Jennifer]
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What Happened To Polly (The Hamilton Sisters Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in The Hamilton Sisters (3 Book Series)
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1416 KB
  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
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Another author I havent heard of, another book I probably wouldnt have read but is now in my radar. A painful book to read to a certain extent, I felt an overpowering urge to protect the main character (the one that left the girl tied to the fence) and was almost annoyed with the little girl. But thoroughly enjoyed the book, wanted to know how it ended but didnt want the book to end... thats my sign of a good book! Would recommend to others for a bit of mystery with a good story line and believable characters.
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One day 10 year old Carmel loses her 3 year old sister Polly at a fair. This is the story of how Carmel copes with the guilt. But this story is so much more. It is a heart-tugger, but not over the top.

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.
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This is a book you have to clear the decks for. It is going to be hard to describe without giving any of the story away but here goes .. At the start of the book Carmel is 10 years old and has been entrusted with looking after her 3 year old sister Polly. For just a few short minutes Carmel leaves her unattended and that is all the time it took for Polly to be snatched. The first part of the story deals with the aftermath - it seems to Carmel that the rest of her family is all blaming her, and indeed it does seem as if she is shunned by them and ostracised at school. As she grows up she is torn with guilt and pain for what happened and misses her sister terribly, and all the while never knowing what happened to her.

Eventually, she leaves home to start a new life, without her family (which by now is pretty dysfunctional) and through her own hard work and determination seems to make a success of her life. However, she never forgets the past and never totally comes to terms with what happened, and at the same time builds a huge wall around herself to try and protect herself from further hurt, only letting in her very special friends, including Ellis who really turns out to be the star of the show, so to speak!

And what did happen to Polly? Yes, you do find it, but you really have to read it yourself to find out. The second part of the book deals with what happened to her and it is a very moving story indeed. At times, there seems to be very sinister, chilling undertones to the story - you are literally kept on the edge of your seat wondering just what is going to happen.

The ending was a complete shock to me - and very ironic in a way, I was just left feeling a tiny bit disappointed that I had come to the end of the tale.

The book is very well written with great characters, a wonderful plot and dialogue - highly recommended to anyone.
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Fantastic book that I got for free.... and I would definitely pay money for it. It was fantastic. I love any book that grabs my attention from the beginning page and this was one of those books. It tells the story of Carmel and her family and what happens in the aftermath of her baby sister being kidnapped. I won't spoil what happened to Polly, you'll have to read to find out!!
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Polly is a small child who one day goes to the fair with her elder sister (also a child). She gets tied to a railing while the sister goes on a fairground ride. When she gets off the ride, Polly is gone. It's a frightening premise, and sadly a topical one too.

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!
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I really could not put this book down! From finding out how Polly disappeared to finding out what became of her and to seeing how the characters in the story came to find out what happened to Polly, this was a real page turner.

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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