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Magic Hour: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2007
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I was engaged instantly with the beginning of this book, convinced I'd love this story about psychiatry, the legal system, and personal crisis. I thought, "Oh, boy, I will love her books!" Then, in the *midst* of chapter one -- I don't even know what to call it -- the story switched to nonsense without a break, with zero explanation, nothing to anchor it to the story. Incomprehensible, no reference point whatsoever. How does a reader stay with such a jumble of nonsense? I tried -- for a much longer time than I wish I had -- but my brain could retain nothing because nothing made any sense. It went nowhere, without explanation, or connection.
This author is off my list.
The actual “wild child” storyline was interesting, although I also felt there were a few parts that seemed unrealistic. There was a nice bit of twist at the end so the entire story wasn’t entirely predictable. I did like that her story was based on an interesting subject that had it’s roots in realism, and I liked how parts of the story were from the child’s point of view.
Overall the book was fun to read, but it didn’t stand out to me as a favorite, and it often felt corny and trite. I feel like the subject matter could have gone from good to amazing if the characterization would have been done a bit differently. Still. it made for a relaxing snow day read.
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Ellie Barton, Chief of Police of Rain Valley and ex-homecoming queen, realises that she has a major problem. Who is the "wild child", where are her parents? Dr Max Cerrasin, can treat her physical injuries but is not qualified to unlock the deeply traumatised child's mind and so suggests a specialist is needed.
Ellie's younger sister Dr Julia Cates, is an eminent child psychiatrist and so Ellie phones her and asks for her help. Julia has major problems of her own. The press have hounded her for the past year and destroyed her reputation for not guessing that a young patient was about to go on a killing rampage. Her reputation destroyed, confidence wrecked, and no patients left, Julia responds to her sister's urgent call for help.
It is only when she arrives at Rain Valley that Julia learns what the plea for help was all about. She is met with the biggest challenge of her career.
Is the child deaf, mute, or autistic? None of those diagnosis fit. Then Julia sees an article on "ferral children". Those who have lived with and been "brought up by" animals and this seems to fit the child who they call Alice.
Alice goes to live with Julia and Ellie in their parents old home near the woods and gradually Julia wins the child's trust and love. However, Ellie has no luck in finding out who "Alice" really is and Alice doesn't seem to know her real name.
This is a lovely story of a traumatised child reborn by a woman's skill, determination, patience and love and the rebirth of a woman's confidence in herself. Julia needs the help of the sister who always overshadowed her and whom she now hardly knows, and a doctor who has his own share of secrets. We are taken bit by bit through Alice's and Julia's journey back into life and love.
Well worth reading.
They should make a movie out of this one though..its frightening though, thinking about the reality of the story.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Kristen Hannah, or just enjoys a hard to put down novel.