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Finding Hannah

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  186 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Dylan Beachley's family is shattered when his older sister Hannah is kidnapped from their rural New Hampshire home while he slept just one floor away. Weeks of searching by volunteers and local law enforcement provides no clues to Hannah’s whereabouts. Determined to find her after the official search is suspended, Dylan sets out using his extensive knowled ...more
Paperback, 201 pages
Published May 28th 2012
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Tiffany Lovering

Finding Hannah by John R Kess is centered around fifteen-year-old Dylan Beachley and his search to find his older sister, Hannah, after she is kidnapped as he slept just one floor away. After the official search by volunteers and officers is called off, Dylan makes it his mission to find her on his own. He is joined by Molly who eventually tells him about her life of with a drug addicted mother and her abusive boyfriend.

The action started almost the second you opened this book. While normally I
Nancy Silk
Can I give this novel 10 stars? This story is extremely well written with balance, suspense, and action. Late one night, before their parents return home, 15-year old Dylan Beachley is awakened by his 6 year old sister, Amy. Amy is fearful and says there is a man with a gun in their older sister's room. Hannah is missing! Amy and Dylan are traumatized from Hannah's kidnapping, each feeling they were to blame for their sister's loss. After three weeks, the search for Hannah is called off, but Dyl ...more
Susan Moore
Wonderful emotional young adult story

I usually don't read YA books but I made an exception after sampling the first two chapters. This is a great story of love, loss, friendship, determination, and most importantly, family. Well written story despite it being JK's first book.
This is not a whodunnit mystery, paranormal romance, or twisted thriller like you would expect from most teen books of this description. It's a poignant story of grief and survival. Dylan and Molly are very sympathetic and easy to relate to. The aftermath of Hannah's disappearance is also described in a realistic and sensitive way. Best of all is the romance. It's a sweet, sincere story of two teenagers who bond over tragedy. But their bond is one of mutual support, not dependency and obsession. ...more

This is a heart rendering story that touches every emotion possible. Beautifully written with characters you'll truly care about. I really think this could happen in today's world.

Finding Hanna was an unexpected gem of a story. I thought it would be darkly told, judging by the cover, and though it is about a kidnapping, a grim and all to familiar subject, I thought John Kess wrote with grace and compassion. The characters felt genuine allowing me to really grow to like them. The story is a good mix of suspense and adventure filled with laughs and cries. As I read I was thoroughly engaged, to the point of using the text-to-speech function for two chapters as I drove to and ...more
Sara Drazkowski
This was a quick and easy read....I could definitely tell it was written for young adult. Not just the characters, but also the language and plot were fairly juvenile. Additionally, there were almost too many twists/turns or sub plots trying to make the story more interesting. The author never fully developed any of them, they seemed pretty superficial. I was touched by the families struggle with the loss of their daughter, simply because I have a son of my own and can't imagine going through th ...more
Yuko Miyoshi
I like the story.
Julie Scott
This story draws you in almost immediately, and keeps you interested. I liked all of the characters in the book and felt for their plight...I actually got emotionally involved in this young boy's search for his sister Hannah, who is kidnapped at gunpoint from their home. He is aided by his friend, a young woman who unbeknownst to him is suffering severe abuse at home. I was pulling for these kids all the way through the book, and was anxious to find out what would happen next. I highly recommend ...more
Nan Williams
Dec 06, 2012 Nan Williams rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens
This was billed as a book for teens and that's exactly what it was. It was a good and wholesome book with lots of worthwhile and uplifting thoughts. The book dealt with the kidnapping of one of 3 children in a family and how they dealt with their despair and trauma.

For adults, I think it was very weak and elementary. But for teens, it would be quite good.

I highly recommend it for teen readers.
Mary Donlon
John Kess has written a heart-wrenching, nerve-wracking novel that kept me reading all night. The conflicted young protagonist embarks on a quest to discover what happened to his sister and is joined by a gutsy new friend. This story reminds us that courage, friendship and love have no age limits. Terrific for young adults and adults alike.
Finding Hannah is the first book for author John Kess. It is a great adventure with many twists and turns. As a parent it is a challenge to read and not think of my kids. This book is a well written fast paced book that I have read more than once and not tired of it.
It was a good book, but more towards the teenage crowd. I could see my 12 year old reading this no problem. POV from 16 year old boy. A little slow at times, not predictable, but nothing too shocking.
It's always sad for me to read about abducted teens. This is a good book, true emotions are displayed, very believable. I'm planning to read more from this author, I like the writing style.
Love Finding Hannah! Many twists and turns that you just don't see coming. As a parent, it wrenches your heart in places you never want to go. A definate page Turner not to be missed.
Amy Vollmer
Really liked this book. Emotional roller coaster.
Kimmi Bailey
What an awesome story. Very well written. Loved it...
Interesting fast read.
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John R Kess is a thriller and young adults author from Minneapolis Minnesota. Finding Hannah is a young adults novel and is his first. Elly's Ghost is a thriller and is his second novel. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering. John admits to being a writer with an engineering problem.
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