Review of The Half-Life Of Hannah by Nick Alexander

Published: 8th May 2014
Publisher: Black and White
Pages: 256


Hannah is thirty-eight and the happily married mother of eleven-year-old Luke, the diamond in her world. Her marriage is reassuringly stable, and after fifteen years she has managed to push the wild dreams of youth from her mind and concentrate on the everyday satisfactions of here and now. The first half of her life hasn’t been as exciting as she had hoped, but then, she reckons, whose has?

When she succeeds in convincing husband Cliff to rent a villa in the south of France for a summer vacation with her sister Jill and gay friend Tristan, she’s expecting little more than a pleasant few weeks with her family. But they each have their own baggage – their own secrets – ready to explode on this not-so-relaxing holiday in France.

When a phone call at the villa announces the imminent arrival of a ghost from her past, the ambiance is transformed into a raging sea of jealousy as Hannah is forced to question everything she thought she knew and believed. But is she brave enough to take the life-changing decisions her future happiness requires?


Thank you to my wonderful friend Janne at Black & White for kindly sending me an early review copy. Please note that this is the first book and Other Halves (the sequel) will be out in June. I’ll be reviewing that as well.

Hannah and her husband, Cliff are having a disagreement and quite frankly, it’s not the best way to start a book or a holiday. I really wanted to enjoy this book because I have the sequel on my shelf and Nick is a fantastic writer. But I have to be honest, I just didn’t click with the characters or the narrative.

Before I started chapter two, I noticed that Cliff’s name was at the top and I loved when the writer splits the point of view, but Cliff wasn’t showing us his opinion. It was Hannah talking about Cliff. It completely threw me off the narrative and despite getting used to it after a while, I didn’t like the concept.

As the narrative progresses, readers learn about Hannah’s past. But then Cliff drops two bombshells on her. Major uh oh moment. For me, the big dramatic ending was the best part. In all honesty, I thought it was really long winded and took quite a while for the plot to kick in.

I will be reviewing the sequel, Other Halves in June.

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Website: http://nick-alexander.com/