Book Review: What Happened to Hannah by: Mary Kay McComas


William Morrow Paperbacks

Publish Date:
February 7, 2012

From Publisher  for Review

Trade Paperback

As a teenager, Hannah Benson ran away from home in order to save herself. Now, twenty years later, the past comes calling and delivers life-changing news: her mother and sister have passed away, leaving Hannah the guardian of her fifteen-year-old niece.

Returning home to bitter memories and devastating secrets, Hannah must overcome her painful past to pave a future with her niece, the last best chance at a family for both of them. She begins to create a new, happier life with her niece and rekindles a relationship with Grady Steadman, one of the few people she’s ever called a friend.

But she can’t forget what she cannot forgive, or lay to rest those ghosts that will not die. Will love and trust—and the truth—give her the strength to stand her ground and fight for what she deserves?

Review: When Hannah was younger, she ran away from home and her mother had decided to tell everyone she was dead. Hannah did nothing to disabuse people of this notion. Grady Steadman, now the sheriff in the town where they grew up, finds out Hannah is alive and places a call to let her know her mother has passed away. What she doesn't know at the time is she has a 15 year old niece who is now all alone except for Hannah. Hannah agrees to come back for 2 weeks to figure out what is going to happen next. Is 2 weeks going to be long enough for Hannah to come to grips with her feelings, her past, and what might be her future?

What Happened to Hannah is a touching novel of love, loss, abuse, reconciliation, and the power memories hold over our lives. I cried for most of the book, it was that powerful to me. People who suffer from abuse learn to cope in different ways and Hannah's was no less successful for the time being. I enjoyed the book and got easily caught up in the lives of Hannah and Grady. Not for the faint of heart, but highly recommended. 

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