“After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter Loo to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife’s hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother’s mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his criminal past – a past that eventually spills over into his daughter’s present, until together they must face a reckoning yet to come.
Both a coming of age novel and a literary thriller, THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY explores what it means to be a hero, and the price we pay to protect the people we love most.”
I am absolutely delighted to welcome you to damppebbles today as I get to share another of my fabulous guest reviews. And it’s publication day which makes it even more special. Congratulations to Hannah Tinti and Tinder Press.
In order to try and reduce my #terrifyingTBR I decided to ask for help from the amazing booky community. And they came in their droves…..OK, slight over exaggeration! A small but very talented bunch of folks offered to help by reading a couple of the TBR. One of my willing helpers was the gorgeous Helen Claire who blogs over at baattyaboutbooks. Check out her blog when you have a moment because it’s fabulous.
Here’s a little more about Helen:
An avid reader, reviewer and blogger and a keen supporter of the written word since her childhood days, the joy Helen gets from reading and talking about books has never diminished (in fact it has only increased).
And as a book publicist Helen gets paid to talk about books all the time! Helen is employed by Bloodhound on a freelance basis and plays a key role in ensuring our authors get as much publicity as possible, through arranging blog tours, book launch events and press coverage.
And here are Helen’s thoughts on The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley:
This is a very different kind of book. It is well written and keeps you hooked from start to finish and it certainly did me.
It is True Grit meets the trials of Hercules. It is extremely descriptive. Some of the scenes were so vivid, I really felt that I was there in the midst of it all. The characterisation is good, one character in particular. Read the book and you will guess which one I mean!
Thanks a million for taking the time to read and review this book for damppebbles, Helen.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti was published in the UK by Tinder Press on 28th March 2017 and is available in eBook format (hardcover is scheduled for release in April with the paperback following in 2018) | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |
Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, and is co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine. Her short story collection, ANIMAL CRACKERS, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her first novel, THE GOOD THIEF, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, and winner of the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Hannah’s new novel, THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY will be published in March 2017.