Wednesday, January 13, 2021



Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah was published in 2006. Hannah is a bestselling author with 24 novels to her credit including The Nightingale and The Great Alone. 


Rain Valley is a small community facing the north Pacific coast, partially surrounded by endless miles of dense evergreen woods.  Ellie is the police chief. When a small girl accompanied by a young wolf emerges from the woods into town seeking food, Ellie calls her sister Julia, a child psychiatrist, to help identify the child.  Julia and Ellie have had a distant relationship.


Nevertheless, Julia responds reluctantly; her reputation is in shambles because of the violent death of one of her patients.  Despite her bad reputation in the press, Julia undertakes the challenge of identifying the child who seems unable or unwilling to speak. Julia attempts to communicate with the little girl who behaves like a wild animal. 


What most impressed me was Julia’s patience.  She is able to subdue the little girl and finally gets the child to behave in a civilized manner and to speak a few words, but her identity remains a mystery. Gradually, over a period of many months, Julia comes to love her little patient, who shows evidence of having been abused and tied down for long periods of time. 


The story of Julia’s progress is a fascinating one, revealing kidnapping and murder, leading to a surprising and dramatic conclusion.



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