- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #422,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This probably would have easily merited 5 stars as I really enjoyed the story but it has too many daft mistakes peppered throughout which is a bloody shame. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2013 by Lynda Kelly
What Happened to Polly - Jennifer Hanning
A strange man comes to the home of what appears to be the very ordinary home of the Hamiltons. Read more
I was baffled why none of the family suspected Daisy of being the long lost Polly. Carmel had been looking for signs of her sister in every young woman, so why not with Daisy after... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2013 by S. Parks
Kept you interested all the way through.A good read from start to finish.Easy to read. Worth the 0.79p I paid for it thats for sure.Published on 30 Jun. 2013 by Nicki s
I didnt think i would like this, it seemed a bit gloomy in the first few chapters, but once i got past them i wanted to carry on reading to see what happened next. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2013 by Mhughes
A small girl goes missing and the repercussions of this filter over many years until we reach the crux of the story. Read morePublished on 1 May 2013 by Bimbom
Loved this book, gripped you from the beginning. The ending wasent what I was expecting but was in fact better than my thoughts on what was going to happen. Read morePublished on 10 April 2013 by Lady Ottoline
Astutely handled, this sombre story explores the damage wrought on one family scarred by the legacy of a shocking event that they share. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2013 by willie wit