In Hannah Tinti’s exceptional novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, we meet a flawed and dangerous man attempting to leave his past behind to secure the future life of Loo, the daughter who he fiercely loves.
Steeped in violent passions, the dramas of a troubled past are revealed through stories of the guns that shoot the bullets leaving scars across our ‘hero’s’ body. But for all its gory thrilling scenes, this is also a tender work of art exposing the universal needs of men to survive, to love, and grieve - whether their fate is cast in stars, or submerged beneath the surface until, like a gigantic whale, those secrets rise from darkness to show the horrors of the past.
Samuel Hawley is a sure-fire hit with characters I came to love. So shoot me if this novel fails to win the hearts of everyone who turns its thrilling pages.
I read a proof copy of this novel, to be published in the UK by Tinder Press on 28 March 2017.
For more information on Hannah Tinti, her author website is here.