What Happened to Hannah
by Mary Kay McComas
Paperback, 352 Pages
February 7, 2012 by William Morrow
Review Copy/TLC Tours
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?
When I started Hannah's story I was prepared to dive into a world of deep secrets and perhaps a deep look into the aftermath of domestic and child abuse, although McComa's story touches on these issues the novel even with its serious matter (the abuse was bad-just not the focus) wound up being a light read, full of humor, romance and second chances. I think the book tried in places to bring serious thought with the use of childhood flashbacks and the mystery of why Hannah ran away from her home, leaving the town to suspect she was killed by her father, but even with those elements, I couldn't see it as a deep serious novel.
More often than not I found myself laughing at the relationship between Hannah and Grady and enjoying the chemistry they had, despite Grady's irksome behavior midway through the book, by the end he makes full circle winning Hannah's heart.
To me this felt like a summer read, for anyone who is looking for a book in this type of venue I would defiantly recommend!
What Happened to Hannah is recommended to adult readers and contains: Violence, strong language, sexuality and child abuse.
3/5- Women's Contemporary
Thanks to publisher and TLC tours for review copy