the half-life of hannah – nick alexander

The Half-Life of Hannah

This was another bargain I picked up for 20p on Amazon. I was pleased when I saw it, as I remembered enjoying The Case of the Missing Boyfriend so much.

Hannah is in her late 30s. She has an 11 year old son (Luke) with husband Cliff who she has been with for 15 years.

The book starts with Hannah and Cliff arguing about the directions to a rented villa in the south of France where they are about to spend two weeks with Hannah’s sister, her 13 year-old daughter and her gay friend.

The holiday seems to be going as expected with bickering between the sisters, bickering between the kids and bickering between Hannah & Cliff.  Normal family life!

Hannah’s life with Cliff has never been dynamic or exciting – he’s older than her, set in his ways, but reliable, safe and dependent.  However, this means that she often envies Jill her single life that seems to consist of alcohol, dope and shagging.

Just as Hannah is starting to relax and think what her life is really about, a phone call out of the blue threatens to undermine everything she believes to be true – including the prospect of seeing ‘the one that got away’!  What will Hannah do if she has the opportunity to change her life halfway through?

I actually really enjoyed this book.  It was kind of chick-lit but not. It remninded me of a French film to be honest – something like the amazing Pretty Little Liars.  one of those films where nothing really much happens, but is more of an insight into human nature. It was very dialogue and thoughts heavy.  All the characters felt extremely believable and real.

There were entire conversations that didn’t exactly move the story along, but read so well that they just gave a deeper insight into the characters.

That may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I love a bit of good dialogue, so it really appealed to me.  What a bargain for 20p!


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