"HANNAHWHERE is a revelation. This constantly surprising novel has some very dark moments, but John McIlveen's clean, clear prose carries you through them and back into the light of the good, decent people who fuel this story with their desperate efforts to do the right thing. Hannah herself is a joy. If she were up for adoption, I'd be the first in line."
-- F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of FEAR CITY
"Love it, love it, LOVE IT!"
-- Rick Hautala, bestselling author of THE DEMON'S WIFE
"HANNAHWHERE by John McIlveen is everything a book should be--filled with unforgettable characters, fast-paced, and a page-turner. I loved it!"
-- Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author of THE HIDDEN
"John McIlveen's HANNAHWHERE is a thrilling, emotionally complex paranormal mystery. The little girls at the center of the story will touch your heart and unsettle you, all at the same time. A wonderful first novel from an exciting new voice in genre fiction."
-- Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of DEAD RINGERS
"From the very first line of HANNAHWHERE, you know you're in good hands. John McIlveen raises a compelling new voice with a story that is at once playful and frightening, thrilling and heartbreaking. Highly recommended."
-- Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of ROT & RUIN and BITS & PIECES
"John McIlveen's HANNAHWHERE easily and often defies genre,weaving in mystery, darkness, humor and horror with a cast of living,breathing characters that it's far too easy to fall in love with. I amin awe of his talents."
-- James A. Moore, author of the SEVEN FORGES series.
"John McIlveen gets it. He gets that while scars heal, they're scars forever, and sometimes, if the damage is deep enough, they always hurt. McIlveen's debut novel is a profoundly sensitive portrait of how traumatized children often need to exert control over some aspect of their own lives in order to cope with uncertainty and how bad life can get. But he understands that finding that measure of control doesn't necessarily fix anything in the long term. Coping is not the same as thriving. And coping mechanisms extended into adulthood can leave self-sufficient, seemingly well-adjusted adults feeling as scared and vulnerable as they have always been. One can draw clear lines from Hannahwhere to Richard Matheson, Andrew Vachss, and Charles de Lint. But McIlveen has his own voice and style.It's not a crime novel, although there's crime at the heart of it. It is not a purely sentimental offering either, thought it has a ton of heart. While working in the neighborhood of "urban fantasy" he dispenses with magic and faerie and treats the subject matter with a sense of realism merely draped in fantasy. And he does all this wonderfully,without feeling like any of it is getting short shrift. This is the real deal; a tremendously satisfying and well-realized first novel. John McIlveen gets it."
-- Bracken MacLeod - author of STRANDED
"HANNAHWHERE is a unique piece of fiction. Full of compelling characters and original concepts, it transcends any notions of genre.The reader's need to encounter a beautifully realized story rendered in clear, precise prose is fulfilled here with stunning clarity. John McIlveen is a talent who has a brilliant future as a novelist."
-- Thomas F. Monteleone, four-time Bram Stoker Award-winner
HANNAHWHERE is brutal and beguiling, an exploration of human monstrousness and the grace and beauty that survives it. McIlveen's gripping blend of crime and speculative fiction will keep you turning pages long past bedtime and Hannah herself will steal your heart."
-- Dana Cameron, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning author of the EMMA FIELDING mysteries and FANGBORN adventure novels.
Hannahwhere is a rare treasure for a first novel. John McIlveen began his writing career in the horror genre, but his work has always danced on the edges of the magical. Although popular authors such as Stephen King and Neil Gaiman have experimented successfully with an array of genres and genre hybrids, a relative newcomer with a genre-blending book faces more of a challenge in drawing readers' attention. John McIlveen has written a book deserving of that attention. The characters maneuver through the pages in fluid fashion, growing into people so believable that it is nearly impossible to contain them.The story and style will take your breath away, fracture your imagination, and carve open your heart.
Set in modern Boston, Hannawhere centers on young Hannah,who is found behind a dumpster, physically healthy but catatonic, two years after she and her twin witnessed a brutal murder in Nebraska. She has obviously been the victim of terrible trauma, and is trapped in an alternative fantasy world that is strange and claustrophobic, yet still inviting, Hannah's social worker, Debbie Gillan, enters and tries to save Hannah and find her twin, changing their lives and everything they thought they knew about reality. To say more about the plot would destroy the magic within the covers.
This creep down the rabbit hole will leave many in wonder, often with a tear in their eye. McIlveen has shown that boundaries are for those who refuse to knock the walls down... No such boundaries exist in Hannahwhere. Highly recommended.
David Simms - Monster Librarian
Hannahwhere has all the elements for a fast-paced emotionally complex intriguing read. (And I cannot get enough adjectives in that sentence) Flooded with social issues of child abuse, child neglect,drug addicts, murder, and love with a dash of hope. John McIlveen writes about the horror these girls went through, including his sub-plot with Debbie Gillian, in a sympathetic way. The way he wrote,in a supernatural/reality prose about victims of trauma and (at times the anguish) of people trying to help is sublime. You really can picture the scenarios. John McIlveen takes the reader into a fantasy realm where reality is there as long as you believe in yourself. What I really loved about this read, McIlveen takes the narration on a plane of balance. The supernatural/paranormal topic could go anywhere the imagination could go, yet, he writes with reality being a solid foundation. His off-the-wall humor he throws in is timed perfectly I will add. His characters are believably real. Each having their own make up and flaws and most importantly, their humanity as human beings intact (minus the antagonists). As you curl up with your favorite drink and have your comforter surrounding you, I know you all will have that"hope" going through you as John McIlveen makes you turn the page.The urge you'll have in finding out the mystery, oh you'll have the urge alright. The ending is quite satisfying knowing there is a smile with relief as madness sets in. Most enjoyable read folks - highly recommended.
-- Jeff Kivela - Buttonholed Book Reviews