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Published by Sphere, 8 March 2018. ISBN: 978-0-7515-6930-8 (PB)
Twenty years ago, Cormac Reilly, then a new recruit to
the Garda (the Irish police), had been called out to a remote house in County Galway
for what he had been given to understand was a minor domestic dispute. When he
eventually finds the house, there are two young children there, a teenage girl,
Maude, and a much younger boy, Jack, who has an injury. Upstairs is their
mother. She is dead. Unsure of what to do and unable to contact his colleagues because
the car radio doesn’t work, he decides to take them both to the nearest
hospital where Jack’s injury can be tended, and the care of both children
undertaken by social workers. But at the hospital Maude disappears and, since
it appears that her mother’s death from a heroin overdose may not have been
accidental, she has become a prime suspect to which her disappearance adds.
Cormac then moves to Dublin and becomes a leading member of the Dublin-based
Special Detective Unit anti-terrorist unit. But the job is gruelling and when
Cormac’s scientist wife Emma is offered a great new job in Galway, Cormac,
deciding that he too could do with a change, returns to the Galway Garda. But
he finds that his new colleagues are far from welcoming, apart from his old
friend Danny McIntyre who has stayed with the Galway Garda and made little
progress until recently when he is transferred to the Galway drugs squad. Cormac,
however, spends all his time looking into a variety of cold cases. An
apparently parallel story is that of Aisling Blake, a doctor at Galway
University Hospital. She is ambitious and wants to train as a surgeon, but her
ambitions are threatened when she discovers she is pregnant. She and her
husband Jack are undecided about what to do; the important thing is their love
for each other. And then Jack dies; he apparently threw himself off a bridge.
Aisling is devastated but she does what is expected of her: goes to the
funeral, receives the condolences of those who knew him, then decides to go
back to work. What she is not expecting is a visit from a woman who insists
that she is Jack’s sister and her name is Maude. Her arrival in Galway pulls in
Cormac who links it to past cases of child abuse and that in turn leads to a
vast web of allegations involving the past and the present.
is an excellent story which will hold the reader right to the very end. Highly
Reviewer: Radmila May
was born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven. She studied corporate
law at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Law Society of
Ireland, and practiced as a lawyer for twelve years. Following the global
financial crisis, she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now
lives with her husband and two children.Her debut novel The Rúin sold
in a six-way auction in Australia and New Zealand, and has since sold to the
United States, the UK and Ireland, and Germany.
born in the U.S. but has lived in the U.K. since she was seven apart from seven
years in The Hague. She read law at university but did not go into practice.
Instead she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and still does occasional
work for them including taking part in a substantial revision and updating of
her late husband’s legal practitioners’ work on Criminal Evidence published
late 2015. She has also contributed short stories with a distinctly criminal
flavour to two of the Oxford Stories anthologies published by Oxpens Press – a
third story is to be published shortly in another Oxford Stories anthology –
and is now concentrating on her own writing.