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Magic Hour

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  30,616 Ratings  ·  2,320 Reviews
Dr. Julia Cates was one of the country's preeminent child psychiatrists until a shocking tragedy ruined her career. Retreating to her small western Washington hometown, Julia meets an extraordinary six-year-old girl who has inexplicably emerged from the deep woods nearby--a child locked in a world of unimaginable fear and isolation. To Julia, nothing is more important than ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 451 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 02, 2012 TamElaine rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Going against the grain again (not something I’ve done a lot, thankfully – maybe 3 or 4 times in the last year and a half)

This dialogue in this book seemed to have a Lieutenant Horatio Caine (David Caruso in CSI Miami) undertone.

This is the third Kristin Hannah book I’ve read....I finished it in order to count the author in a reading group challenge on GoodReads – 3 books by each author to count....while the first two books I read were okay, they were in my opinion young teen novels.... But righ
Sep 06, 2007 Allison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
I would run to the train after work just so I can sit down and read this book, and I was so sad when it ended. A little girl raised by wolves is rescued in a small town, and she changes people's lives as she adapts to her new world. Really, really good story!!
Barb Butler
Dec 25, 2012 Barb Butler rated it it was ok
Interesting plot. I struggled with the quality of the writing, the easy/awkward introduction of a romantic subplot, and the oversimplification of "small town life". Just to start, in this book "small town life" = the REPEATED mention of who was homecoming queen 20 years ago by almost EVERY adult character in the novel, loads of uninformed gossip, the collective "best friendness" of the entire police department, etc., etc., & ...etc.

I also wish the child welfare issues were researched more c
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 08, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
Given the reviews I seem to be very much in the minority, but I thought this was a wretchedly written book. It had an interesting premise. Two sisters in small-town Washington state, a child psychiatrist and the town's police chief, try to help a six-year-old feral child. My problem is that from the start the book took an overly melodramatic tone as it related Doctor Julia Cates facing a decision in a lawsuit about a tragedy involving a patient of hers. Her sister, Ellie Barton, is an incongruou ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Tania rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Exactly what I needed after a 970 page read - quick, easy and even a bit predictable, but with likable characters. I even found myself crying at the end. A nice beach read.
Feb 26, 2009 Linda rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book. The story was sad, about a young girl who was kidnapped and taken deep into the woods. How she survived, and what happens to her when she re-enters society. Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite Authors....this is one of her best.
Jennifer Stratton
May 12, 2008 Jennifer Stratton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really liking Kirsten Hannah! After reading Firefly Lane, my mom reccomended this book. It was good, the ending was the best part in that it made me cry and cry. I love when a book; someone's written thoughts; makes you so moved, that you laugh, cry, get mad at a character.

I do have to say at times, the characters did and said things that didn't feel in sync with the character development. I was very pleased with how Alice's character came out though. I did hope for a little more in that a
Oct 09, 2008 Erin rated it it was amazing
OKay, I cried like a baby - Great characters, loved it!
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
You know when something completely coincidental happens but the result is so serendipitous you'd swear it was fate, the universe, or a deity of some kind pulling strings? I think that is what happened with this book.

Kristin Hannah has written a lot of books, but this is the only one I've really been drawn to reading (the others seem like they would make me really ragey or really sad). While raiding my sister's bookshelves to trade out another book I found this one, untouched and a little dusty
May 27, 2010 Mimi rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
This book deals with a lot of interesting or thought provoking topics: responsibility of psychologists, love after divorce, second chances, going home, parenting, "wild child" (as in a child raised outside of society rather than a hippie or something), kidnapping, media, dangers of ignorant judgment, drunk driving, rights of biological parenting, etc. Yes, it covered quite a spectrum.

I thought most of the writing was very good. One description kind of threw me—when it said the clouds were the co
Jan 05, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
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Jun 03, 2010 Janelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, favorites
Wonderful! A surprising tale of a little girl found alone, an ostracized child psychologist who comes home to help her, the homecoming-queen-turned-cop sister, the flirtatious and wildly handsome doctor who has lost a lot in his past and a quirky town who stands by them all amidst a nationwide media frenzy. Everyone wants to know more about this little girl and the renowned-turned-shunned (and misunderstood) physchologist who is committed to helping her.

This story is filled with heartache, love
Nov 16, 2015 Mariazita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este livro é tão comovente, tocou-me bastante a estória desta menina.Como e que um ser humano é capaz de tanta maldade, capaz de tornar uma criança sem sentimentos e esquecer o que e ser humano.
Um luta de amor , coragem e muita paixão, uma narrativa que mexeu comigo.
Realmente um momento mágico, e que recomendo para ler nesta época que se aproxima para nos lembrar do que nos faz humanos e do que precisamos para viver , Amor muito amor.
Oct 05, 2011 Jennefer rated it really liked it
First of all let me start by saying I am a HUGE fan of Hannah. I am on a mission to read every single book written by this fabulous author!! This was a great read and I highly recommend it.

The novel introduces sisters Ellie Barton and Julia Cates who are extremely different individuals. Julia is a brilliant, dedicated, work-obsessed child psychologist in Los Angeles. Ellie is beautiful and confidant plus she was the homecoming queen in her day. Ellie is now the chief of police and still lives i
Mar 02, 2011 Lauren rated it it was ok
Eh. The text box that appears when you hover over the second star in the rating bar describes it perfectly: "it was ok."

The author has an interesting premise: a disgraced psychiatrist, a little wild girl who mysteriously appears from the woods, and the "who did it?" mystery that ties it together. However, the writing just isn't that good. With some books you get over this and just enjoy the story, but I couldn't do it with this book. I felt like the author was imitating what she imagined was pow
Dec 30, 2015 Denise rated it really liked it

Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah is a well researched, beautiful read about a "wolf girl". This emotional read has many heart tugging moments. The characters (Julia, Ellie, Max and Cal ) of this book are equally interesting as they each experience self growth, family bonds and love. The reader experiences all of Alice's physical, mental and spiritual growth. This book will keep you engaged until the last page. 4 stars
Marta Taborda
Jul 05, 2016 Marta Taborda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kris Irvin
Aug 06, 2012 Kris Irvin rated it it was ok
Riveting, as are most of Hannah's books. But I thought the ending was a little rushed and a little fake. It wasn't my favorite Kristin Hannah read but it was still okay.
Jun 03, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone, moms, fans of Jodi Picoult
When this book was recommended to me, I was anxious to get it and start reading! I must admit, that for me, this book certainly didn't start out as a 4-star book. The writing was a bit simple and trite. I didn't know much about the plot before I picked this up and hadn't read any of the other reviews--I usually don't, so I am not predisposed prior to reading a book. As I read through it, it built momentum. Initially, I remember wondering how this book could've received 4 stars with this simple a ...more
Nov 05, 2016 Selma rated it it was amazing
Jedna divna priča o neobičnom, jedinstvenom djetetu koje je izašlo iz šume i ušlo u tuđe živote i sve ih promijenilo. Djevojčica kojoj su trebali drugi da obrišu ožiljke i nauče je kako da voli - a zapravo je ona njih naučila šta je to ljubav.

Jun 22, 2017 Fabi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorei 5 estrelas!
3,5 stars

Uma menina é encontrada numa árvore. Encontra-se agarrada a um lobo. Está assustada, agitada e é preciso uma rede e tranquilizantes para a trazer até ao chão. Ellie, comandante de polícia da pequena cidade de Rain Valley , está encarregada de descobrir a identidade desta pequena criança que foi encontrada na orla do bosque. Desde cedo, Ellie se apercebe que há de estranho com a rapariga. Esta criança tem algo de selvagem em si, irracional. Não fala, recorre aos uivos para exprimir os
Mar 23, 2010 Ns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magic Hour is a riveting read with much emotional consciousness on the human nature and condition. The most complex ideas and understanding of behavior, self-expression and connection embodies "Alice" who expresses emotions in the most primal, instinctive and limited way possible.

Alice is the mysterious young girl who appears unexpectedly in the town of Rain Valley without an identity and an unknown history. Immediately it is clear she is not simply an ordinary girl; she a girl unable to expres
Alice is a mysterious young girl who appears unexpectedly in the town of Rain Valley without an identity and an unknown history. Immediately it is clear she is not simply an ordinary girl; she a girl unable to express or explain herself. Despite her lack of verbal communication she is the center of the story touching many lives.
It is up to Julia, a gifted doctor to reach out to Alice to understand, and discover the reason for the girl's condition. She needs to determine if it is medically relat
Nov 22, 2016 Rod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fiction
I really like this author. She gets gritty and real. (Why is this called Magic Hour? beats me.)

So a child psychiatrist loses a patient who goes postal at a church youth group. (has that ever actually happened in real life? Probably soon.) She then gets a call from her police chief sister, back in the rainforest-woods West of Seattle, about a 6 year old wolf girl who shows up and needs some serious counselling (and parents?)
Both Sexy-Hot sisters are very bad at love and relationships. So here goe
May 17, 2016 Marleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kristin-hannah
The Magic Hour surprised and intrigued me. I am not an expert on children’s psychiatry, so I thought the subject of a “wild child” rather original. My heart went out for that little girl who’d been held captive in the woods for several years. I totally empathized with Dr. Julia Cates on the matter of protecting that sweet child. I liked Julia, and her sister Ellie, and I enjoyed how the two sisters steadily grew closer again with one goal in mind: protecting the child. I wasn’t too fond of Max. ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Femke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soms heb je gewoon van die dagen, zeker met dit koude weer, dat je op je vrije dag gewoon lekker in je joggingpak op de bank wilt hangen en wilt lezen.. Helaas is met mijn werk in de horeca, vrije tijd spaarzaam dus heb ik daar niet altijd tijd voor. Gisteren was zo'n dag dat ik dat wel had en ik besloot dus ook om gewoon lekker te lezen en verder niks. Toen ik begon met lezen aan dit boek, had ik gelijk een gevoel dat ik dit boek al een keer gelezen had, ik ben in 2012 met Goodreads gestart en ...more
Carol Brill
Jun 29, 2012 Carol Brill rated it really liked it
Ms. Hannah has developed an amazingly sympathetic character who grabbed me from her first appearance and kept mr rooting for her and turning pages. Yes, there is also romance and family relationships, but for me Girl, Alice carries this story
Dec 29, 2016 Marie rated it really liked it
I,as a parent was enthralled. What would you do?
Sandra de koning-vd pol
Ook in dit boek had ik nog uren door willen lezen!
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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the blockbuster Firefly Lane and #1 bestsellers Night Road and Home Front. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii with her husband.
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“Girls like you can't understand," Julia said, and it was true. Ellie had been popular. She didn't know that some hurts were like a once-broken bone. In the right weather, they could ache for a lifetime.” 19 likes
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