Archive of: 2017
This is a gorgeous, emotive read. Nicola Cassidy has a distinctive voice and a huge talent for descriptive writing – of events, setting and, especially, emotions. The structure of the story doesn't quite work and I feel the author has been let down by the publisher's editorial input. But don't let that put you off: this is a wonderful read from an emerging novelist who is destined to become one of Ireland's best-regarded writers.
Guest post from author GB Williams on how she researched for her latest book Locked Up.
Pregnant at seventeen in 1980s Ireland. Do you keep your baby and be a single mum, or would your boy have a better life if he was adopted by an English couple? This book shows two ways this dilemma could pan out. It is funny, poignant, heart-breaking and insightful. The writing from the points of view of the main characters is outstandingly good.
A gripping thriller involving the dark web. Well plotted and an enjoyable read, but not for the faint-hearted (some quite graphic violence). It could have done with another editing pass, but that doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the story.
Second in the James Ryker series. Another good read, slightly less fast-paced than book one. Some of the writing is a little cumbersome and would have benefitted from some cutting. The author's strength lies in writing about the settings – the scenes in the prison are particularly vivid.
First in the James Ryker series. An enjoyable and pacey read for readers of action thrillers. Could do with tightening up the writing a bit, but an easy read.
E. M. Reapy
An ‘easy’ but uncomfortable read. This is a tale about three people: how they came together and caused mainly harm to each other and those around them. Wonderfully crafted writing.
An easy but frustrating read. Slow to start with but picks up pace towards the end. Lovely setting on the coast of Ireland. Some interesting characterisation and relationships between the people, but some clunky writing, especially the dialogue.