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by Avon, 24 January 2019. ISBN: 978-0-00-827508-2
Eliana Hughes is struggling. She is
going through a difficult pregnancy and is having doubts about her marriage to
an ever-increasingly distant Martin, when an anonymous note throws her life
into even more turmoil. As the person behind the note steps up their campaign
to convince Eli her husband is a cheat, she finds she can’t even trust her own
instincts. Elsewhere, someone is waiting. Someone who desperately wants a baby
to call their own. Someone who will do anything to become a mother.
by little, Eli feels the ground shifting beneath her feet. The sickness and
nausea is getting worse. Her job becoming more pressured. She is tired. She
suspects everyone is lying to her. Suspicion and jealousy are eating away at
in Derry and Belfast, Apple of My Eye
is a dark and twisted look at motherhood, at love, death and grief. It’s also
about how far a mother is prepared to go for her child. All sides of motherhood
are represented – its joy and its pain, and the raw longing of those who want a
child but are unable to have one.
thought the character of Eli - a woman on the edge - was extremely well-drawn.
Her job as a palliative care nurse in a hospice was realistically and
sensitively portrayed, and she was convincing as someone who was normally
independent and strong but had been rendered vulnerable by a difficult
three sharp points of view - Eli, her mother Angela, and the mysterious Louise
- add to a creeping sense of dread in this extremely well-paced novel.
Allan is the latest in the wonderful cohort of Irish novelists whose work I
would encourage anyone who enjoys an extremely well-written psychological
thriller to read.
Reviewer: Mary-Jane Riley
a former journalist and columnist and has been writing fiction since 2006. An Irish Times bestseller, she has tackled
issues from post-natal depression, infertility, and dementia through to writing
a based-on-a-true-story book about a couple reunited after 50 years apart. She
has now decided to unleash her dark side! Claire is married with two children, and
two cats. She is happiest lost in a good
her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter, when she was
eight. When she grew up, she had to earn a living and became a BBC radio talk
show presenter and journalist. She has covered many life-affirming stories, but
also some of the darkest events of the past two decades. Then, in true
journalistic style, she decided not to let the facts get in the way of a good
story and got creative. She wrote for women's magazines and small presses. She
formed WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help charities get their message
across using their life stories. Now she is writing crime thrillers drawing on
her experiences in journalism. Her third
book set in East Anglia and featuring investigative journalist Alex.Dark Waters was published by Harper
Collins/Killer Reads in March 2018.