Tuesday 25 June 2013

Review: Hillari's Head by Tim Stutler

Hillari's Head by Tim Stutler 4/5

Hillari's Head
The author sent me an arc in exchange for an honest review. And being honest i'm really not sure what I expected after reading the synopsis for this book, it's not like anything I've read before and when I read the words paralegals and attorneys it brought to mind shows like Suits and Law and Order and I was a little apprehensive, because court room drama isn't really my thing. But to my delight Hillari's Head was nothing like those shows, I really enjoyed reading it and i'm definitely going to read outside my genre comfort zone more often. Hillari's Head is about Kristina a paralegal starting her new life, she's certain she is over her traumatic past, the death of her father and leaving behind her sister Hillari who suffers from Oligodontia - where six or more teeth fail to develop - and an over sized head. But when the memory of Hillairi starts to haunt Kristina she has to learn that "You can't escape the past, until you accept what has passed." - I absolutely adore that quote.

The writing was superb, the author did a great job with Kristina's character she felt very real and I really liked her. I'm always surprised when a male author creates such a realistic female character that I really connect with, Stutler must of done some research on female protagonist because Kristina was expertly developed. The story line was so original  I loved the twists and I didn't see the end coming at all, Hillari's Head was a real page turner, I couldn't put it down until the very end.

I actually think i'm going to read this book again in a couple of years, it was really touching and will stay with me for awhile. The relationship between Kristina and Duck was great, he was a great character and gave Kristina more layers. I found the way that it slowly became apparent to Kristina that she wasn't as over her past as she thought very moving. I know what its like to think your past something just to have it reappear and realize it had never really gone in the first place. Kristina was a fighter, she seemed pretty fragile and vulnerable for most of the book but as we learn more about her it comes to light that she is stronger than even she knows, I like the way she comes to realize that at the end. I thought the ending was brilliant, I like the fact the author forwent the typical route for the books closing. It made the book more original and memorable to me. Hillari's Head is a highly enjoyable read, I won't easily forget. I really recommend it for anyone who loves a good original story line.

                                                            ~ Goodreads ~


  1. Hillari's Head sounds really interesting! I really like courtroom genres like SVU on TV but haven't read anything like that before.

    So Oligodontia is where six or more teeth fail to develop and an over sized head? I have never heard of such an infliction. I wonder if there is any kind of procedure to help fix this?

    Thanks for the review, Paige, I really enjoyed it!

    1. I'm glad you liked it Jovon. I think the oligodontia is a developmental problem, and according to Google it might be a hereditary thing. I can't imagine just having stubs where my teeth should be. I really shouldn't have Googled it!!!

    2. LOL, curiosity kills, LOL.

    3. I'm going to be dreaming about being toothless tonight lol!


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