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Book Review #57: Irish Girls About Town by Various

4 Sep

My second short story collection this year. I’m pretty proud of myself for branching out a little. This is a compilation of short stories by some of the greatest Irish women’s fiction authors out there – Maeve Binche, Marion Keyes, Cathy Kelly, etc.

My favorite story in the collection is Maeve Binche’s “Carissima.”  Of course. The main character had spent years abroad, living in the same town as her married lover. When she returns home, her sisters try to force her into family servitude but with the help of her clever best friend, she stands up for herself and finds herself living the life she’s always wanted. And Aidan Dunn makes an appearance! He was also featured in Evening Class.

The rest of the stories are sort of as expected. Short stories detailing the glamorous lives of young Irish women looking for love and friendship in the big city of Dublin, and around the world. If you are as interested in Irish women’s fiction as I am, you’ll probably enjoy this collection.

Book Review #31: Broken Harbour by Tana French

7 May

*I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Tana French’s Broken Harbour through a Goodreads giveaway.

Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series is fantastic, and Broken Harbour is no exception.  Mike “Scorcher” Kennedy may have been burned by Detective Frank Mackey in Faithful Place  when he tried ally with Mackey in hopes of  making a name for himself, but as the featured detective in this novel, he knocks it out of the park. When a family is brutally attacked in their home and the wife barely survives, Kennedy takes on the defining case of his career that  parallels his struggles with his bipolar sister.

Broken Harbour combined my favorite elements of French’s past novels.  Her mysteries are particularly fascinating because she narrows the field of suspects to two or three real suspects.  Here, French gives us an in depth character study of the husband, wife and their childhood friend.  You become emotionally invested in the potential suspects, and most importantly – this is no bait and switch.  There’s no random stranger or undiscovered evidence that comes in at the end and let’s everyone off the hook.  Someone you care about deeply about by the end of the story will be the killer, which only heightens the emotional impact. Continue reading

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