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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
“Hannah's Voice” by Robb Grindstaff is the story of Hannah, who decided to stop speaking when she was six years old. Her mother always asked her the same questions again and again. Other people did the same and Hannah thought she might as well stop talking if no one believed her when she said something the first time anyway. The problem is that one group of people think Hannah stopped speaking because the devil possessed her and another group believe that she had a vision of God and was so overwhelmed by the message she received that she would only be able to speak again once she was ready to pass the message on to the rest of the world. Hannah gets taken away from her mother and lives in various places in the following years – from foster homes to the home of a sheriff's family. And every time, the two groups seem to be right behind her. One group wants her dead and the other group sees her as their salvation. All Hannah would have to do is talk again.
The beginning of “Hannah's Voice” by Robb Grindstaff already gives away that Hannah will speak again and unfortunately also act as a little spoiler because once a certain situation comes up in the book, you know what will happen. Spoiler aside, the book was very nice to read and you couldn't help but wonder about the actions of the different people in the book and whether Hannah would one day be reunited with her mother. In the book we follow Hannah's development from a six year old child to a teenager and depending on your own character, you might either like or dislike the kind of person she turns out to be. Robb Grindstaff manages to give each character's unique features and motives. It was also very interesting to read the interview with the author at the end of the book and also the questions that can be used for book clubs.