How would you feel if your little sister disappeared on your watch?
Carmel Hamilton makes a selfish decision which results in the kidnapping of little Polly.
The situation is further exacerbated when another member of the family sustains dreadful injuries.
Shunned by her father and elder sister, Carmel sinks to the depths of guilt and misery fearing
she will never again be deserving of love.
Ellis Towers finds the key to unlock the Hamiltons' deeply buried secrets – but what he discovers could save or destroy the whole family.
What Happened to Polly is a mystery drama following a moment in time when the decision of one changed the lives of many.
A Word from the Author
A few years ago, I told my youngest sister how I once tied her to a
fairground fence so that I could go on the rides. I thought she would laugh with me but she was
horrified and said, “What if someone had've taken me?”
That thought haunted me for some time afterwards,
imagining her being kidnapped because of my selfishness. An uncountable number of lives would
have been affected, some ruined.
Thanks for still being there, Kelly. I am one of many living a happy life because I was able
to write this story as fiction.
Some of the Reviews on Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars – "I really liked this!" January 25, 2012
This is a great book. It kept me engaged - and unhappy when my commute on public transportation was
ending each day! I cared about the characters and felt like I knew each of them. The relatively
surprise ending added a lot to an already great read. Nice going to the author. This is the first
"free" book that I've downloaded, read, and kept on my Fire. Usually I read and delete or else start
to read and delete. I can actually see myself reading this again some time. Thank you!
4.0 out of 5 stars - June 16, 2013 By Pat Baldridge (Wichita, KS)
I read mysteries daily. Always able to guess the end. Not this one. Great read.
I recommend it for a way to spend a lazy summer day.
5.0 out of 5 stars -January 20, 2012
An engrossing story full of intrigue. A well thought out plot with the suspense building at a
steady pace. I would recommend What Happened to Polly to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with a
healthy dose of love and action thrown in.
5.0 out of 5 stars – "A really good read!", April 19, 2012
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters were fleshed out and the story was very good.
You really felt bad for Carmel (and Polly). There was little swearing (that I recall) & not
much in the sexual content so if you aren't crazy about that you don't have to worry. Doesn't bother
me but I know it bothers some.
The characters and the story were very believable (and you can definitely imagine that the family
dynamics could be just like this) except for mother/boyfriend story. I know that the story had to
come together but what Carmel's boyfriend came up with was a little bit over the top and highly
improbable; however, it was really sweet that he did what he did so I tried to overlook this;)
I look forward to reading any other books by this author.
5.0 out of 5 stars, January 29, 2012
megareader Kindle Edition
Good book to read, holds interest throughout and surprise ending. Easy to follow the characters
and I would recommend to anyone who likes reading a good fictional novel.
4.0 out of 5 stars, December 26, 2011
JSS - Kindle Edition
Just finished reading "What Happened To Polly" and thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully written,
engaging hard to put down novel. Characters are well developed and believable in an interesting and
varied plot. Intuitive, honest but also funny and inventive. A wonderful read.
5.0 out of 5 stars - "Well done Ms Hanning!", February 21, 2012
An enjoyable journey, curious to the end. Characters and storyline create interest and a few
OMG moments. My suspiscions were only half realised!
5.0 out of 5 stars - March 1, 2012,
By M Ward -
I LOVED this book. I found the author by accident and decided to download this book, thinking
that if I didn't like it, it would be no big deal since it was on sale. I was so drawn into the
story that I couldn't put it down. I downloaded it onto my Kindle late in the evening, but didn't
get a chance to start reading until about 11:00. At 1 AM, I finally, regretfully, stopped reading
since I had to be up for work in a few hours. I couldn't wait to get home to finish it. I even
ordered pizza and brought it home so I could get right to the story. It was an amazing story,
very well told and very entertaining. I recently downloaded her other book Moongolly and look
forward to reading this one as well. Author Jennifer hanning is one my new favorites.
4.0 out of 4 stars - "Jolly good read", 10 April 2013 By Lady Ottoline
Loved this book, gripped you from the beginning. The ending wasn't what I was expecting but was in fact better
than my thoughts on what was going to happen. Would definitely recommend this book.
Haven't read any other books by this author but will look out for future books hoping for as good a read.
5.0 out of 5 stars, March 24, 2012
By Vicki Lee Format:Kindle Edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend it to other avid readers of the suspense genre.
I was hooked by the first few lines and kept reading until forced to quit.
This author has a great voice and excellent style.
5.0 out of 5 stars, April 9, 2012
Liz (New York)
This is the first book I've read by Jennifer Hanning. It kept my interest from the beginning to the
end. I found the book sad but some things in the book really shocked me as well. I really loved the
ending. I would definitely read more books by this author.
5.0 out of 5 stars, April 14, 2012
CASHIER102 - Kindle Edition
A book that you just didn't want to put down. Sometimes we all make mistakes, this one will show
how kids can put their self before their siblings and then regret it later.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Great book!!", May 24, 2012
Loves2Read (Kindle Edition)
WOW!! What a great book!! I really thought I knew where the story was going....but to my surprise
it completely changed!!! I have 3 kindles (3g Touch, Fire, and Keyboard). I will be lending this
to my friends!!! I read at least a book a day. I can't get out much, so reading is really my thing!
Enjoy this great book!!!!!!!! :)
4.0 out of 5 stars "Finished In A Day", May 26, 2012
By alinleach79 (Kindle Edition)
This was a terrific book. I loved that we got to know what happened to the family after the
kidnapping of Polly - where she went, what happened to her sisters and mother, and father.
I loved the ending, but I saw it coming halfway thru the book. I'd love for a sequel to come out -
how the sisters are doing, how their relationships with each other and significant others are
5.0 out of 5 stars "I Love This Story !!", June 10, 2012
By Sensian (Kindle Edition)
I loved this story and would recommend 'What Happened To Polly' to anyone who enjoys a good read.
It flows so well that you get lost within the characters individual worlds, as if you are right
in there with them, watching the story unfold. The emotions you feel as you go along are like
being on a rollercoaster of the ups and downs to what is a sad story but one filled with hope. T
here is everything here that you want from a story and I could not put this book down.
Thank you to the author and can we have some more please.
4.0 out of 5 stars "A fast read I couldn't put down", June 18, 2012
By mandalynn75 (Kindle)
I enjoyed this book! It was a quick one day read, the characters were easy to relate to and
understand. The author kept me interested from start to finish, and actually wondering if there
will be a sequel.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Don't let the synopsis scare you!", June 21, 2012
By Iowagirl (Kindle)
I love to read reviews and the synopsis of the story but usually just scan them as I don't want
to know the WHOLE story. I don't like to read stories where a child is kidnapped or in danger.
This book is not really about the missing child but the reaction of her family. I really like
how the end doesn't tie it all up in a happy ending. An excellent book-highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars "What a find!", July 18, 2012
I'm so pleased I found this author and can't wait to read more of her work. Very easy reading,
but beware - very engrossing. Don't start reading it late at night, unless you can sleep in the
next day. Loved the plot with it's slightly different slant. Don't want to spoil the ending, but
was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't your usual "cops looking for little girl" mystery.
Hope this book gets a bigger audience. It deserves one.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Clear the decks for this book!" 26 Jun 2012
By ElaineG, Amazon UK.
At the start Carmel is 10 years old and
has been entrusted with looking after her 3 year old sister Polly. For just a few short minutes
Carmel leaves her unattended and that is all the time it takes for Polly to be snatched. The first
part of the story deals with the aftermath – Carmel is shunned by the rest of her family and ostracised at school. As she
grows up she is torn with guilt and pain for what happened and misses her sister terribly, all
the while never knowing what happened to her.
Eventually, she starts a new life and through her own hard work and determination seems to make a
success of her life.
However, she never forgets the past and never totally comes to terms with what happened, and at
the same time builds a huge wall around herself to try and protect herself from further hurt,
only letting in her very special friends, including Ellis.
And what did happen to Polly? The second part of the book deals with what happened to her and it
is a very moving story indeed. At times, there seems to be very sinister, chilling undertones to
the story – you are literally kept on the edge of your seat wondering just what is going to happen.
The ending was a complete shock to me – and I was left feeling a
bit disappointed that I had come to the end of the tale.
The book is very well written with great characters, a wonderful plot and dialogue – highly
recommended to anyone.
4.0 out of 5 stars "A Summer Read" 14 July 2012
By Suze - Amazon, UK
I read this book whilst on holiday and it was very enjoyable. The reader is immediately drawn to
the main character and roots for her in her relationships with her odd family, and also in her
career. You really want her to succeed after everything she goes through.
Whilst I did thoroughly enjoy the book, I was thrown a bit by some of the events and their
credibility in the real world. Nevertheless, it is a well-spun story, well-written enough to
hold your interest and get involved with the main characters, so definitely worth reading –
just suspend your cynicism for full enjoyment!
5.0 out of 5 stars "Ticked all the boxes", 30 April 2012
Tishminx - Amazon, UK.
Another author I hadn't heard of, another book I probably wouldn't have read but is now in my radar.
A painful book to read to a certain extent, I felt an overpowering urge to protect the main
character (the one that left the girl tied to the fence) and was almost annoyed with the little
girl. But thoroughly enjoyed the book, wanted to know how it ended but didn't want the book to
end... that's my sign of a good book! Would recommend to others for a bit of mystery with a good
story line and believable characters.
NB: There are many more reviews for What Happened to Polly on both Amazon US and UK.
Some of the Reviews on Goodreads
Liane rated it 5 of 5 stars
"A thoroughly good read, with lots of unexpected twists and turns. A very "hard to put down" book.
Invoked so many different emotions, loved it."
Ruby rated it 5 of 5 stars
A very gripping mystery tale with very believable characters. Definitely worth a read."
Dorel rated it 5 of 5 stars
"This is the first book I read by Jennifer Hanning. It kept my interest from the beginning to the end.
I found the book sad but some things in the book really shocked me as well. I really loved the ending.
I would definitely read more books by this author."
Karrie James rated it 5 of 5 stars
"I loved this book. I found that i was kept in suspense all through the. Did not even guess the ending.
Recommend this book to all my friends. Fantastic read."
Juniper rated it 5 of 5 stars
"Jennifer is a great storyteller. You can't go wrong with this book.
A rollercoaster of emotions that you will love."
B.J. Burton rated it 4 of 5 stars
"This is one of those novels which is very hard to review without giving away important elements of the plot.
The title might give the impression that this might be a gruesome account of the sufferings of a kidnap victim,
but be reassured – it isn’t. It is a well-written, thought-provoking and involving account of the long-term
aftermath of the snatching of a young child.
The characters are convincingly drawn. The plot twist at the end came as a complete surprise. Recommended."
Eileen rated it 5 of 5 stars
"I really enjoyed this book.. The complexity of this family is unreal.
The main character is so complex and is a joy to get to know."
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