Author: Claire Keegan
Published: October 2021 by Faber & Faber
Category: Historical Fiction, Irish Fiction, Novella
It is 1985, in an Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, faces into his busiest season. As he does the rounds, he feels the past rising up to meet him – and encounters the complicit silences of a people controlled by the Church.
Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, was born in 1946 of a young single mother who worked as a domestic for Mrs Wilson, a wealthy Protestant widow. Bill’s mother’s family wanted nothing to do with her but Mrs Wilson, a kind woman, let them both continue living with her and took young Bill under her wing when his mother died.
Author: Sheila O’Flanagan
Performed by Aoife McMahon
Released: May 2019 on Audible
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Audiobook, Book Review
Roxy’s marriage has always been rock solid.
After twenty years, and with two carefree kids, she and Dave are still the perfect couple.
Until the day she comes home unexpectedly, and finds Dave in bed with their attractive, single neighbour.
All Roxy needed the day after her father’s funeral was to find her husband in bed with their next door neighbour when she got home.
Author: B.E. Balfinny
Published: November 2017 by Oakwood Press
Category: Supernatural, Thriller, Horror, Book Review
When freelance writer Kate Murray’s Great Aunt bequeaths her a cottage in remote south Kerry, she is overcome with the peace and beauty of the little stone house. Set high up a hillside overlooking the ocean, even David, her architect husband, falls in love with it.
The short first chapter telling of an old woman gathering items together before leaving the house to complete a task she wasn’t looking forward to, but something that had to be done, is a great hook and gives the immediate sense that something untoward is in the offing.