This is Dervla McTiernan’s third novel, following The Ruin and The Scholar, both of which I highly recommend. While the author lives in Australia, these three novels are set in Ireland. The books are sure to be enjoyed by those who read everything that Tana French writes. That having been said, McTiernan stands well on her own with no comparisons to other authors writing crime stories set in Ireland.
This book brings readers back into the lives of characters that they have met in earlier books. While it could be read as a stand alone, there is every reason for readers to enjoy all three stories.
The plotting in this book is well done and the story comes together with a last thirty pages that had me stop doing anything else to read. This is a story about corruption, drugs, murders in a small Irish town, parent-child relationships, abduction, decisions made in a second, loyalty and more.
Spend time with Cormac and Peter, two Garda officers and all of those around them. Watch what is going on in a small Irish village as well as in Dublin. Put the pieces together along with the detectives and…most of all, escape into the world of this book.
I wanted to read this book so much that I had to track it down from Australia. It was worth it. Highly recommended!