John McIlveen Hannahwhere

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Winner of the 2015 Drunken Druid Award (Ireland) for high literary merit.
Nominee for the 2015 Bram Stoker Award (HWA) in the First Novel category.

"Hannahwhere is a revelation....
-- F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of FEAR CITY

"Hannahwhere by John McIlveen is everything a book should be...I loved it!"
-- Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author of THE HIDDEN
In a suburb on Boston's North Shore, a catatonic little girl is found behind a dumpster. She is a mystery. As Social Worker Debbie Gillan pieces together the puzzle of the child's identity, she discovers the child had disappeared two years earlier along with a twin sister. She also discovers HANNAHWHERE, an alternate world that is both a haven and a prison.... Life altering trauma becomes the key to unraveling the truth about the children, about Hannahwhere...and about Debbie herself. Truths that could either save them or destroy them all. In a suburb on Boston's North Shore, a catatonic little girl is found behind a dumpster. She is a mystery. As social worker Debbie Gillan pieces together the puzzle of the child's identity, she discovers the child had disappeared two years earlier along with a twin sister. She also discovers Hannahwhere, an alternate world that is both a haven and a prison. . . . Life-altering trauma becomes the key to unraveling the truth about the children, about Hannahwhere . . . and about Debbie herself. Truths that could either save them or destroy them all.

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"HANNAHWHERE is a revelation. This constantly surprising novel has some very dark moments, but John McIlveen's clean, clear prose carries you through them and back into the light of the good, decent people who fuel this story with their desperate efforts to do the right thing. Hannah herself is a joy. If she were up for adoption, I'd be the first in line."
-- F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of FEAR CITY

"Love it, love it, LOVE IT!"
-- Rick Hautala, bestselling author of THE DEMON'S WIFE

"HANNAHWHERE by John McIlveen is everything a book should be--filled with unforgettable characters, fast-paced, and a page-turner. I loved it!"
-- Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author of THE HIDDEN

"John McIlveen's HANNAHWHERE is a thrilling, emotionally complex paranormal mystery. The little girls at the center of the story will touch your heart and unsettle you, all at the same time. A wonderful first novel from an exciting new voice in genre fiction."
-- Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of DEAD RINGERS

"From the very first line of HANNAHWHERE, you know you're in good hands. John McIlveen raises a compelling new voice with a story that is at once playful and frightening, thrilling and heartbreaking. Highly recommended."
-- Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of ROT & RUIN and BITS & PIECES

"John McIlveen's HANNAHWHERE easily and often defies genre,weaving in mystery, darkness, humor and horror with a cast of living,breathing characters that it's far too easy to fall in love with. I amin awe of his talents."
-- James A. Moore, author of the SEVEN FORGES series.


"John McIlveen gets it. He getsthat while scars heal, they're scars forever, and sometimes, if thedamage is deep enough, they always hurt. McIlveen's debut novel is aprofoundly sensitive portrait of how traumatized children often need toexert control over some aspect of their own lives in order to cope withuncertainty and how bad life can get. But he understands that findingthat measure of control doesn't necessarily fix anything in the longterm. Coping is not the same as thriving. And coping mechanisms extended into adulthood can leave self-sufficient, seemingly well-adjustedadults feeling as scared and vulnerable as they have always been.  One can draw clear lines from Hannahwhere to Richard Matheson,AndrewVachss, and Charles de Lint. But McIlveen has his own voice and style.It's not a crime novel, although there's crime at the heart of it. It is not a purely sentimental offering either, thought it has a ton ofheart. While working in the neighborhood of "urban fantasy" he dispenses with magic and faerie and treats the subject matter with a sense ofrealism merely draped in fantasy. And he does all this wonderfully,without feeling like any of it is getting short shrift.  This is thereal deal; a tremendously satisfying and well-realized first novel. John McIlveen gets it."-- Bracken MacLeod  - author of STRANDED


"HANNAHWHERE is a unique piece of fiction. Full of compelling characters and original concepts, it transcends any notions of genre.The reader's need to encounter a beautifully realized story rendered in clear, precise prose is fulfilled here with stunning clarity. John McIlveen is a talent who has a brilliant future as a novelist."
-- Thomas F. Monteleone, four-time Bram Stoker Award-winner

HANNAHWHERE
is brutal and beguiling, an exploration of human monstrousness and the grace and beauty that survives it. McIlveen's gripping blend of crime and speculative fiction will keep you turning pages long past bedtime and Hannah herself will steal your heart."
-- Dana Cameron, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning author of the EMMA FIELDING mysteries and FANGBORN adventure novels.

Hannahwhere
is a rare treasure for a first novel. John McIlveen began his writing career in the horror genre, but his work has always danced on the edges of the magical. Although popular authors such as Stephen King and Neil Gaiman have experimented successfully with an array of genres and genre hybrids, a relative newcomer with a genre-blending book faces more of a challenge in drawing readers' attention. John McIlveen has written a book deserving of that attention. The characters maneuver through the pages in fluid fashion, growing into people so believable that it is nearly impossible to contain them.The story and style will take your breath away, fracture your imagination, and carve open your heart.
Set in modern Boston, Hannawhere centers on young Hannah,who is found behind a dumpster, physically healthy but catatonic, two years after she and her twin witnessed a brutal murder in Nebraska. She has obviously been the victim of terrible trauma, and is trapped in an alternative fantasy world that is strange and claustrophobic, yet still inviting,  Hannah's social worker, Debbie Gillan, enters and tries to save Hannah and find her twin, changing their lives and everything they thought they knew about reality. To say more about the plot would destroy the magic within the covers.
This creep down the rabbit hole will leave many in wonder, often with a tear in their eye. McIlveen has shown that boundaries are for those who refuse to knock the walls down... No such boundaries exist in Hannahwhere. Highly recommended.
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Hannahwhere has all the elements for a fast-pacedemotionally complex intriguing read. (And I cannot get enough adjectives in that sentence)  Flooded with social issues of child abuse, childneglect,drug addicts, murder, and love with a dash of hope. JohnMcIlveen writes about the horror these girls went through, including his sub-plot with Debbie Gillian, in a sympathetic way. The way he wrote,in a supernatural/reality prose about victims of trauma and (at timesthe anguish) of people trying to help is sublime.  You really canpicture the scenarios.  John McIlveen takes the reader into a fantasyrealm where reality is there as long as you believe in yourself.  What I really loved about this read, McIlveen takes the narration on a planeof balance. The supernatural/paranormal topic could go anywhere theimagination could go, yet, he writes with reality being a solidfoundation. His off-the-wall humor he throws in is timed perfectly Iwill add.  His characters are believably real. Each having their ownmake up and flaws and most importantly, their humanity as human beingsintact (minus the antagonists). As you curl up with your favorite drinkand have your comforter surrounding you,  I know you all will havethat"hope" going through you as John McIlveen makes you turn the page.The urge you'll have in finding out the mystery, oh you'll have the urge alright.  The ending is quite satisfying knowing there is a smile withrelief as madness sets in.   Most enjoyable read folks - highlyrecommended.
-- Jeff Kivela - Buttonholed Book Reviews

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