The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

A father protects his daughter from the legacy of his past and the truth about her mother's death in this thrilling new novel from the prize-winning author of The Good Thief. After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter, Loo, to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife's hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo strug A father protects his daughter from the legacy of his past and the truth about her mother's death in this thrilling n...

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Title:The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
Author:Hannah Tinti
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Genres:Fiction
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:376 pages pages

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley Reviews

  • Rae Meadows
    Jan 12, 2018

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father a...

    I am hoping that as I write this review that Hannah Tinti is sitting up in some skyscraper sitting across from Ethan and Joel Coen who want to make her book into a full length feature film. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one of those books that knocked me off my feet and left m...

    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an epic road trip. Hannah Tinti has written a beautifully constructed gripping novel. It's basically a book alternating from Hawleys past life to his life now with Loo. As a parent, Hawley is a mess. But his love for Loo and Lily could not be...

    This was a beautiful story of a father ? daughter relationship. It tells of a past pertaining to the father, Samuel Hawley, from which he is trying to protect his daughter at all costs. His past is Herculean, it is a time of it?s own, yet it cannot be separated from the present. He...

    Samuel Hawley. Fisherman. Father. Criminal. Hawley and his daughter, Loo, don't stay in one place for very long. They are both irregular weaves, it's difficult for them to fit in, hard to blend. There is always the shadow of Hawley's past misdeeds looming just behind him. A shrine to h...

    This author has mad talent. She blends two fairly different genres and a bunch of different tales and time periods quite seamlessly. She presents the North Shore town and its inhabitants flawlessly. She blurs the lines of idyllic relationships, while delving into the majors: grief, lov...

    A tough guy, a man of few words, a dude with twelve bullet holes in his body, Samuel Hawley is no stranger to violence. But, he's got a heart of gold, deeeeeeeeep down, much like Clint Eastwood in any of his spaghetti westerns. We are meant to see that and sympathise with him, despite ...

    Samuel Hawley is not necessarily a good man or a great father. He?s neither a ?gentle giant? nor a ?criminal with a heart of gold.? Whatever you think you know about him simply because he?s a single father raising his daughter, you?re probably wrong. It does not mean that...

    I feel like I stepped into some weird, uber violent twilight zone. It's like a father/daughter mashup combo of gratuitous violence, a la Natural Born Killers. It's not to say that the plot is similar to Natural Born Killers, because it's not. It's just the bizarre, nonsensical violence...

    I chose this book for a seven-hour flight from Baltimore to San Francisco, by way of Milwaukee because my loan from NetGalley was about to expire. That?s always kind of risky, because whenever I get on a plane I have a tendency to try to push myself to read as much of a book as possi...

    This father?daughter story is an unusual but winning blend of small-town New England atmosphere and high-octane action scenes. Imagine a John Irving novel getting the Hollywood shoot-?em-up treatment and you?ll have some idea of what Tinti does in this unexpectedly dark book full...

    This is the ancient myth of Hercules ? the plot of all plots ? re-engineered into a modern-day wonder. Tinti, the editor and co-founder of One Story magazine, knows how to cast the old campfire spell. I was so desperate to find out what happened to these characters that I had to ke...

    (3.5 stars, rounded up because there are some brilliant aspects) I'm clearly in the minority here as I see this novel has received mostly 5 star reviews. I did like it, but I didn't *love* it. Samuel Hawley's body is covered with twelve bullet wounds from the twelve times he was sh...

    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley feels like a good old fashioned novel in the best of ways. Storytelling at its finest. Although the conceit felt slightly contrived--the stories of each of the twelve times Samuel Hawley is shot--Tinti creates lasting and affecting characters who I roo...

  • karen
    Jan 25, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

  • Cheri
    Jul 04, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

  • Jessica
    Mar 15, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father a...

    I am hoping that as I write this review that Hannah Tinti is sitting up in some skyscraper sitting across from Ethan and Joel Coen who want to make her book into a full length feature film. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one of those books that knocked me off my feet and left m...

    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an epic road trip. Hannah Tinti has written a beautifully constructed gripping novel. It's basically a book alternating from Hawleys past life to his life now with Loo. As a parent, Hawley is a mess. But his love for Loo and Lily could not be...

    This was a beautiful story of a father ? daughter relationship. It tells of a past pertaining to the father, Samuel Hawley, from which he is trying to protect his daughter at all costs. His past is Herculean, it is a time of it?s own, yet it cannot be separated from the present. He...

    Samuel Hawley. Fisherman. Father. Criminal. Hawley and his daughter, Loo, don't stay in one place for very long. They are both irregular weaves, it's difficult for them to fit in, hard to blend. There is always the shadow of Hawley's past misdeeds looming just behind him. A shrine to h...

    This author has mad talent. She blends two fairly different genres and a bunch of different tales and time periods quite seamlessly. She presents the North Shore town and its inhabitants flawlessly. She blurs the lines of idyllic relationships, while delving into the majors: grief, lov...

    A tough guy, a man of few words, a dude with twelve bullet holes in his body, Samuel Hawley is no stranger to violence. But, he's got a heart of gold, deeeeeeeeep down, much like Clint Eastwood in any of his spaghetti westerns. We are meant to see that and sympathise with him, despite ...

    Samuel Hawley is not necessarily a good man or a great father. He?s neither a ?gentle giant? nor a ?criminal with a heart of gold.? Whatever you think you know about him simply because he?s a single father raising his daughter, you?re probably wrong. It does not mean that...

    I feel like I stepped into some weird, uber violent twilight zone. It's like a father/daughter mashup combo of gratuitous violence, a la Natural Born Killers. It's not to say that the plot is similar to Natural Born Killers, because it's not. It's just the bizarre, nonsensical violence...

    I chose this book for a seven-hour flight from Baltimore to San Francisco, by way of Milwaukee because my loan from NetGalley was about to expire. That?s always kind of risky, because whenever I get on a plane I have a tendency to try to push myself to read as much of a book as possi...

  • Elyse
    Dec 28, 2016

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

  • Taryn
    Apr 10, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

  • Ron Charles
    Mar 22, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father a...

    I am hoping that as I write this review that Hannah Tinti is sitting up in some skyscraper sitting across from Ethan and Joel Coen who want to make her book into a full length feature film. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one of those books that knocked me off my feet and left m...

    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an epic road trip. Hannah Tinti has written a beautifully constructed gripping novel. It's basically a book alternating from Hawleys past life to his life now with Loo. As a parent, Hawley is a mess. But his love for Loo and Lily could not be...

    This was a beautiful story of a father ? daughter relationship. It tells of a past pertaining to the father, Samuel Hawley, from which he is trying to protect his daughter at all costs. His past is Herculean, it is a time of it?s own, yet it cannot be separated from the present. He...

    Samuel Hawley. Fisherman. Father. Criminal. Hawley and his daughter, Loo, don't stay in one place for very long. They are both irregular weaves, it's difficult for them to fit in, hard to blend. There is always the shadow of Hawley's past misdeeds looming just behind him. A shrine to h...

    This author has mad talent. She blends two fairly different genres and a bunch of different tales and time periods quite seamlessly. She presents the North Shore town and its inhabitants flawlessly. She blurs the lines of idyllic relationships, while delving into the majors: grief, lov...

    A tough guy, a man of few words, a dude with twelve bullet holes in his body, Samuel Hawley is no stranger to violence. But, he's got a heart of gold, deeeeeeeeep down, much like Clint Eastwood in any of his spaghetti westerns. We are meant to see that and sympathise with him, despite ...

    Samuel Hawley is not necessarily a good man or a great father. He?s neither a ?gentle giant? nor a ?criminal with a heart of gold.? Whatever you think you know about him simply because he?s a single father raising his daughter, you?re probably wrong. It does not mean that...

    I feel like I stepped into some weird, uber violent twilight zone. It's like a father/daughter mashup combo of gratuitous violence, a la Natural Born Killers. It's not to say that the plot is similar to Natural Born Killers, because it's not. It's just the bizarre, nonsensical violence...

    I chose this book for a seven-hour flight from Baltimore to San Francisco, by way of Milwaukee because my loan from NetGalley was about to expire. That?s always kind of risky, because whenever I get on a plane I have a tendency to try to push myself to read as much of a book as possi...

    This father?daughter story is an unusual but winning blend of small-town New England atmosphere and high-octane action scenes. Imagine a John Irving novel getting the Hollywood shoot-?em-up treatment and you?ll have some idea of what Tinti does in this unexpectedly dark book full...

    This is the ancient myth of Hercules ? the plot of all plots ? re-engineered into a modern-day wonder. Tinti, the editor and co-founder of One Story magazine, knows how to cast the old campfire spell. I was so desperate to find out what happened to these characters that I had to ke...

  • Dianne
    May 24, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

  • Liz
    May 20, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

  • Kelli
    Jan 13, 2018

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father a...

    I am hoping that as I write this review that Hannah Tinti is sitting up in some skyscraper sitting across from Ethan and Joel Coen who want to make her book into a full length feature film. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one of those books that knocked me off my feet and left m...

    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an epic road trip. Hannah Tinti has written a beautifully constructed gripping novel. It's basically a book alternating from Hawleys past life to his life now with Loo. As a parent, Hawley is a mess. But his love for Loo and Lily could not be...

    This was a beautiful story of a father ? daughter relationship. It tells of a past pertaining to the father, Samuel Hawley, from which he is trying to protect his daughter at all costs. His past is Herculean, it is a time of it?s own, yet it cannot be separated from the present. He...

    Samuel Hawley. Fisherman. Father. Criminal. Hawley and his daughter, Loo, don't stay in one place for very long. They are both irregular weaves, it's difficult for them to fit in, hard to blend. There is always the shadow of Hawley's past misdeeds looming just behind him. A shrine to h...

    This author has mad talent. She blends two fairly different genres and a bunch of different tales and time periods quite seamlessly. She presents the North Shore town and its inhabitants flawlessly. She blurs the lines of idyllic relationships, while delving into the majors: grief, lov...

  • Diane S ‚ėĒ
    Mar 31, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

  • Emily May
    Dec 08, 2016

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

  • Angela M
    Apr 26, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

  • Larry H
    Apr 22, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Mar 30, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father a...

    I am hoping that as I write this review that Hannah Tinti is sitting up in some skyscraper sitting across from Ethan and Joel Coen who want to make her book into a full length feature film. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one of those books that knocked me off my feet and left m...

    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an epic road trip. Hannah Tinti has written a beautifully constructed gripping novel. It's basically a book alternating from Hawleys past life to his life now with Loo. As a parent, Hawley is a mess. But his love for Loo and Lily could not be...

    This was a beautiful story of a father ? daughter relationship. It tells of a past pertaining to the father, Samuel Hawley, from which he is trying to protect his daughter at all costs. His past is Herculean, it is a time of it?s own, yet it cannot be separated from the present. He...

    Samuel Hawley. Fisherman. Father. Criminal. Hawley and his daughter, Loo, don't stay in one place for very long. They are both irregular weaves, it's difficult for them to fit in, hard to blend. There is always the shadow of Hawley's past misdeeds looming just behind him. A shrine to h...

    This author has mad talent. She blends two fairly different genres and a bunch of different tales and time periods quite seamlessly. She presents the North Shore town and its inhabitants flawlessly. She blurs the lines of idyllic relationships, while delving into the majors: grief, lov...

    A tough guy, a man of few words, a dude with twelve bullet holes in his body, Samuel Hawley is no stranger to violence. But, he's got a heart of gold, deeeeeeeeep down, much like Clint Eastwood in any of his spaghetti westerns. We are meant to see that and sympathise with him, despite ...

    Samuel Hawley is not necessarily a good man or a great father. He?s neither a ?gentle giant? nor a ?criminal with a heart of gold.? Whatever you think you know about him simply because he?s a single father raising his daughter, you?re probably wrong. It does not mean that...

    I feel like I stepped into some weird, uber violent twilight zone. It's like a father/daughter mashup combo of gratuitous violence, a la Natural Born Killers. It's not to say that the plot is similar to Natural Born Killers, because it's not. It's just the bizarre, nonsensical violence...

    I chose this book for a seven-hour flight from Baltimore to San Francisco, by way of Milwaukee because my loan from NetGalley was about to expire. That?s always kind of risky, because whenever I get on a plane I have a tendency to try to push myself to read as much of a book as possi...

    This father?daughter story is an unusual but winning blend of small-town New England atmosphere and high-octane action scenes. Imagine a John Irving novel getting the Hollywood shoot-?em-up treatment and you?ll have some idea of what Tinti does in this unexpectedly dark book full...

  • Rebbie
    Jan 07, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father a...

    I am hoping that as I write this review that Hannah Tinti is sitting up in some skyscraper sitting across from Ethan and Joel Coen who want to make her book into a full length feature film. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one of those books that knocked me off my feet and left m...

    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an epic road trip. Hannah Tinti has written a beautifully constructed gripping novel. It's basically a book alternating from Hawleys past life to his life now with Loo. As a parent, Hawley is a mess. But his love for Loo and Lily could not be...

    This was a beautiful story of a father ? daughter relationship. It tells of a past pertaining to the father, Samuel Hawley, from which he is trying to protect his daughter at all costs. His past is Herculean, it is a time of it?s own, yet it cannot be separated from the present. He...

    Samuel Hawley. Fisherman. Father. Criminal. Hawley and his daughter, Loo, don't stay in one place for very long. They are both irregular weaves, it's difficult for them to fit in, hard to blend. There is always the shadow of Hawley's past misdeeds looming just behind him. A shrine to h...

    This author has mad talent. She blends two fairly different genres and a bunch of different tales and time periods quite seamlessly. She presents the North Shore town and its inhabitants flawlessly. She blurs the lines of idyllic relationships, while delving into the majors: grief, lov...

    A tough guy, a man of few words, a dude with twelve bullet holes in his body, Samuel Hawley is no stranger to violence. But, he's got a heart of gold, deeeeeeeeep down, much like Clint Eastwood in any of his spaghetti westerns. We are meant to see that and sympathise with him, despite ...

    Samuel Hawley is not necessarily a good man or a great father. He?s neither a ?gentle giant? nor a ?criminal with a heart of gold.? Whatever you think you know about him simply because he?s a single father raising his daughter, you?re probably wrong. It does not mean that...

    I feel like I stepped into some weird, uber violent twilight zone. It's like a father/daughter mashup combo of gratuitous violence, a la Natural Born Killers. It's not to say that the plot is similar to Natural Born Killers, because it's not. It's just the bizarre, nonsensical violence...

  • Jaline
    Jul 23, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

  • Phrynne
    May 05, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father a...

  • Zoeytron
    Aug 18, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father a...

    I am hoping that as I write this review that Hannah Tinti is sitting up in some skyscraper sitting across from Ethan and Joel Coen who want to make her book into a full length feature film. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one of those books that knocked me off my feet and left m...

    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an epic road trip. Hannah Tinti has written a beautifully constructed gripping novel. It's basically a book alternating from Hawleys past life to his life now with Loo. As a parent, Hawley is a mess. But his love for Loo and Lily could not be...

    This was a beautiful story of a father ? daughter relationship. It tells of a past pertaining to the father, Samuel Hawley, from which he is trying to protect his daughter at all costs. His past is Herculean, it is a time of it?s own, yet it cannot be separated from the present. He...

    Samuel Hawley. Fisherman. Father. Criminal. Hawley and his daughter, Loo, don't stay in one place for very long. They are both irregular weaves, it's difficult for them to fit in, hard to blend. There is always the shadow of Hawley's past misdeeds looming just behind him. A shrine to h...

  • Karen
    Apr 30, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

  • Erin
    Mar 10, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father a...

    I am hoping that as I write this review that Hannah Tinti is sitting up in some skyscraper sitting across from Ethan and Joel Coen who want to make her book into a full length feature film. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one of those books that knocked me off my feet and left m...

  • Sarah
    Apr 12, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father a...

    I am hoping that as I write this review that Hannah Tinti is sitting up in some skyscraper sitting across from Ethan and Joel Coen who want to make her book into a full length feature film. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one of those books that knocked me off my feet and left m...

    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an epic road trip. Hannah Tinti has written a beautifully constructed gripping novel. It's basically a book alternating from Hawleys past life to his life now with Loo. As a parent, Hawley is a mess. But his love for Loo and Lily could not be...

  • Liz
    May 14, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father a...

    I am hoping that as I write this review that Hannah Tinti is sitting up in some skyscraper sitting across from Ethan and Joel Coen who want to make her book into a full length feature film. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one of those books that knocked me off my feet and left m...

    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an epic road trip. Hannah Tinti has written a beautifully constructed gripping novel. It's basically a book alternating from Hawleys past life to his life now with Loo. As a parent, Hawley is a mess. But his love for Loo and Lily could not be...

    This was a beautiful story of a father ? daughter relationship. It tells of a past pertaining to the father, Samuel Hawley, from which he is trying to protect his daughter at all costs. His past is Herculean, it is a time of it?s own, yet it cannot be separated from the present. He...

    Samuel Hawley. Fisherman. Father. Criminal. Hawley and his daughter, Loo, don't stay in one place for very long. They are both irregular weaves, it's difficult for them to fit in, hard to blend. There is always the shadow of Hawley's past misdeeds looming just behind him. A shrine to h...

    This author has mad talent. She blends two fairly different genres and a bunch of different tales and time periods quite seamlessly. She presents the North Shore town and its inhabitants flawlessly. She blurs the lines of idyllic relationships, while delving into the majors: grief, lov...

    A tough guy, a man of few words, a dude with twelve bullet holes in his body, Samuel Hawley is no stranger to violence. But, he's got a heart of gold, deeeeeeeeep down, much like Clint Eastwood in any of his spaghetti westerns. We are meant to see that and sympathise with him, despite ...

    Samuel Hawley is not necessarily a good man or a great father. He?s neither a ?gentle giant? nor a ?criminal with a heart of gold.? Whatever you think you know about him simply because he?s a single father raising his daughter, you?re probably wrong. It does not mean that...

  • Rachel Le√≥n
    Feb 05, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father a...

    I am hoping that as I write this review that Hannah Tinti is sitting up in some skyscraper sitting across from Ethan and Joel Coen who want to make her book into a full length feature film. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one of those books that knocked me off my feet and left m...

    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an epic road trip. Hannah Tinti has written a beautifully constructed gripping novel. It's basically a book alternating from Hawleys past life to his life now with Loo. As a parent, Hawley is a mess. But his love for Loo and Lily could not be...

    This was a beautiful story of a father ? daughter relationship. It tells of a past pertaining to the father, Samuel Hawley, from which he is trying to protect his daughter at all costs. His past is Herculean, it is a time of it?s own, yet it cannot be separated from the present. He...

    Samuel Hawley. Fisherman. Father. Criminal. Hawley and his daughter, Loo, don't stay in one place for very long. They are both irregular weaves, it's difficult for them to fit in, hard to blend. There is always the shadow of Hawley's past misdeeds looming just behind him. A shrine to h...

    This author has mad talent. She blends two fairly different genres and a bunch of different tales and time periods quite seamlessly. She presents the North Shore town and its inhabitants flawlessly. She blurs the lines of idyllic relationships, while delving into the majors: grief, lov...

    A tough guy, a man of few words, a dude with twelve bullet holes in his body, Samuel Hawley is no stranger to violence. But, he's got a heart of gold, deeeeeeeeep down, much like Clint Eastwood in any of his spaghetti westerns. We are meant to see that and sympathise with him, despite ...

    Samuel Hawley is not necessarily a good man or a great father. He?s neither a ?gentle giant? nor a ?criminal with a heart of gold.? Whatever you think you know about him simply because he?s a single father raising his daughter, you?re probably wrong. It does not mean that...

    I feel like I stepped into some weird, uber violent twilight zone. It's like a father/daughter mashup combo of gratuitous violence, a la Natural Born Killers. It's not to say that the plot is similar to Natural Born Killers, because it's not. It's just the bizarre, nonsensical violence...

    I chose this book for a seven-hour flight from Baltimore to San Francisco, by way of Milwaukee because my loan from NetGalley was about to expire. That?s always kind of risky, because whenever I get on a plane I have a tendency to try to push myself to read as much of a book as possi...

    This father?daughter story is an unusual but winning blend of small-town New England atmosphere and high-octane action scenes. Imagine a John Irving novel getting the Hollywood shoot-?em-up treatment and you?ll have some idea of what Tinti does in this unexpectedly dark book full...

    This is the ancient myth of Hercules ? the plot of all plots ? re-engineered into a modern-day wonder. Tinti, the editor and co-founder of One Story magazine, knows how to cast the old campfire spell. I was so desperate to find out what happened to these characters that I had to ke...

    (3.5 stars, rounded up because there are some brilliant aspects) I'm clearly in the minority here as I see this novel has received mostly 5 star reviews. I did like it, but I didn't *love* it. Samuel Hawley's body is covered with twelve bullet wounds from the twelve times he was sh...

  • Robin
    Jan 19, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father a...

    I am hoping that as I write this review that Hannah Tinti is sitting up in some skyscraper sitting across from Ethan and Joel Coen who want to make her book into a full length feature film. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one of those books that knocked me off my feet and left m...

    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an epic road trip. Hannah Tinti has written a beautifully constructed gripping novel. It's basically a book alternating from Hawleys past life to his life now with Loo. As a parent, Hawley is a mess. But his love for Loo and Lily could not be...

    This was a beautiful story of a father ? daughter relationship. It tells of a past pertaining to the father, Samuel Hawley, from which he is trying to protect his daughter at all costs. His past is Herculean, it is a time of it?s own, yet it cannot be separated from the present. He...

    Samuel Hawley. Fisherman. Father. Criminal. Hawley and his daughter, Loo, don't stay in one place for very long. They are both irregular weaves, it's difficult for them to fit in, hard to blend. There is always the shadow of Hawley's past misdeeds looming just behind him. A shrine to h...

    This author has mad talent. She blends two fairly different genres and a bunch of different tales and time periods quite seamlessly. She presents the North Shore town and its inhabitants flawlessly. She blurs the lines of idyllic relationships, while delving into the majors: grief, lov...

    A tough guy, a man of few words, a dude with twelve bullet holes in his body, Samuel Hawley is no stranger to violence. But, he's got a heart of gold, deeeeeeeeep down, much like Clint Eastwood in any of his spaghetti westerns. We are meant to see that and sympathise with him, despite ...

  • Paromjit
    Mar 14, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Mar 17, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

  • Pouting Always
    Mar 14, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

  • Marie
    Mar 26, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...

    I always find it interesting how quickly a book can grab you. This one managed it within the first few pages. Such a beautifully crafted book. ?She carried the rough and tumble look of children being raised by men.? This book is primarily about a father and daughter and the lov...

    This book is about a man who was shot twelve times during his life as a criminal. There is no way I should have cared about Samuel Hawley or how he obtained those bullet wounds at all; but I did. Samuel?s wife Lily brought changes into his life, including a baby girl. However, Lil...

    It always makes for an interesting read when the author chooses to make the bad guy into the hero and we find ourselves rooting for him despite the fact that he is a multiple murderer! Samuel Hawley is such a man and although he is many things in this story he is chiefly Loo's father a...

    I am hoping that as I write this review that Hannah Tinti is sitting up in some skyscraper sitting across from Ethan and Joel Coen who want to make her book into a full length feature film. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one of those books that knocked me off my feet and left m...

    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an epic road trip. Hannah Tinti has written a beautifully constructed gripping novel. It's basically a book alternating from Hawleys past life to his life now with Loo. As a parent, Hawley is a mess. But his love for Loo and Lily could not be...

    This was a beautiful story of a father ? daughter relationship. It tells of a past pertaining to the father, Samuel Hawley, from which he is trying to protect his daughter at all costs. His past is Herculean, it is a time of it?s own, yet it cannot be separated from the present. He...

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    Apr 19, 2017

    Beautiful and bittersweet. There's something about the kind of relationships, like the one in this book, that really speaks to my heart. A gruff, gun-toting, bullet-scarred man, and a spirited teenage girl - an unlikely pair, and yet when the relationship is so full of love and mutu...

    book club is going on NOW! https://discussions.rifflebooks.com/t... what a kick-ass heartbreaker of a book. this would be really good friends with She Rides Shotgun - both are grit-lit coming-of-age novels featuring the relationship between a criminal father and the lessons such...

    Why is it always so much easier to talk about things you don't like? I literally do not have the words to explain why I loved this books so much. It just felt so perfect. I love Loo and Sam and Lily and I'm so heartbroken that the book is over and I want to curl up and cry. I felt so t...

    One thing about love, be it romantic, parental, filial, even platonic, is that sometimes you can't help whom you love, and you find yourself loving someone in spite of their faults (if not even because of them). Do we turn our backs on those we love just because they may be imperfect, ...

    This novel is a bittersweet examination of a father and daughter relationship and a coming of age story. Samuel Hawley and Loo have spent most of their time living in places on a temporary basis. This has ensured that they have the routine down pat when it comes to leaving, taking only...

    "And then suddenly it was over. The lunge threw him off balance and he flipped backward, so that for a brief shining moment he was upside down, his feet still peddling the air, and then the full weight of Samuel Hayley crashed down on the tip of the greasy pole, snapping the end of the...

    Wow! †This book definitely took me on one heck of a scary and thrilling roller coaster ride! THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by HANNAH TINTI is an absolutely riveting and captivating tale of a father?s love for his daughter. †This book drew me in right from the very first chap...

    Reading this book prompted me to think about how I judge the books that I read. Certainly by the writing, the story, the structure, the themes, that sometimes indescribable thing that draws me in, and of course, the characters. There are probably other things that influence my views ...

    "The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.? 3.5 Stars. A†beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it's always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby...

    3.5 I have had a hard time processing this novel, what to think, how to explain my rating and reactions to this book. As a thriller it would rate a solid four, the plot is different, loved the format and how we learn Hawley's back story through the bullet holes on his body. These chapt...

    4.5 Stars No one seems to love or understand me And all the hard luck stories they keep handing me Where somebody shines the light I'll be coming on home tonight Bye, bye Blackbird Bye, Bye Blackbird -- Written by Ray Henderson (composer) and Mort Dixon (lyricist) ?...

    What a clever novel - the story and the execution are excellent! I was spellbound. This is a father-daughter saga, spanning approximately 25 years. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, but (thankfully) it is all told in third person so you don't have to deal with multiple...

    How can we love loathsome characters? Well, I did just that with Samuel Hawley! His relationship with his daughter Loo is very special, not a normal relationship, but you feel the love. This is in part a thriller, and really keeps you reading! I would recommend this! ...

    3 stars. I thought this was an averagely good book. I think that my expectations were set a little too high which left me feeling underwhelmed upon finishing (I hate when I do that to myself!). It started off a lot stronger than it finished and I found the story really dragged at times...