The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, Hannah Tinti

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Title: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Author: Hannah Tinti

Pages: 480

Genre: mystery, contemporary lit

Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish date:  March 28th, 2017

I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Random House Publishers and The Dial Press in exchange for an honest review. 


Samuel Hawley is a man with a past.  Before becoming a single father he was a robber, a taker, a fighter, a shooter…. And he has the bullet wounds to show for it.  Twelve scars, twelve stories.  Now that he’s bringing up Loo he has to settle down, protect her from the legacy of his past, and make sure to keep the truth of her mother’s death from her.

All Loo wants is to understand.  They moved constantly.  Dad has a ton of guns.  There is a shrine in the bathroom to her mother, but she doesn’t know much about her.  Now they live in the same town as her maternal grandmother, and she can get answers, but they don’t match how she feels.  Mabel swears her father killed her mother… is that just anger?   Now that they’ve put down roots, there’s family to manage, school, a job and a relationship.

My Thoughts:

Each chapter is either from Loo’s POV or a flashback of Hawley’s, but it is easily identified and the transfers move seamlessly through the story.  I loved the characters, and the story line was great.  I could not put this book down!  My only problem was that some characters, Mabel and the Principal especially, seemed a bit one note.  Over all I loved this book and highly recommend it.  Five Stars!Five Stars

On the adult content scale, there is language, violence, sexual content and drinking.  I would still let my 13 year old niece read it, but it’s worth mentioning.  I give it a five.  Parental Guidance

The book comes out 3-28-2017.  Be ready for a wild ride!

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