- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 709 KB
- Print Length: 331 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (1 March 2019)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07HCP85RP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Dervla McTiernan's debut novel, The Rúin, was a critically acclaimed international bestseller published around the world. The Rúin won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, the Davitt Award for Best Adult Fiction and the Barry Award for Best Original Paperback, and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. It was on the Amazon US Best Book of the Year list in 2018 and screen rights were snapped up by Hopscotch Features.
Dervla's second book, The Scholar, debuted into the Nielsen Bookscan Top 5 on release in 2019, and her third, The Good Turn, went straight to no.1, confirming her place as one of Australia's best crime writers.
Born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven, Dervla practised as a corporate lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis, she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children. An avid fan of crime and detective novels from childhood, Dervla now writes full time.
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You won't find any bewildering leaps of imagination or deduction here, just good, solid police work by three-dimensional characters you would recognise in a visit to any large police station. I was particularly stuck by a scene, involving a DC making an unauthorised and contrary-to-procedure phone call to a police force in a neighbouring country after following a solid lead. I have been there myself, and everything about it rang true, especially the officer's self-doubt afterwards, and his worry that while moving an investigation on he risked tainting evidence.
The lead character, DS Reilly, is complex, far from infallible and in some ways deeply flawed. But this is not in the way that has become almost a compulsory stereotype in other fiction of this genre, on page and on screen. His flaws are small and everyday, and the result is relationships at work and at home which could be much better than he ends up making them. He's just like the rest of us, and so are his colleagues and the members of the public he encounters. Just like policing in real life.
I can't wait for the next one. This book can certainly be read on its own, but I suggest it's best devoured as a second course in a meal that begins with "The Ruin". Don't expect to get much else done until you've finished reading them though - they are compelling stories.
I don't understand why the author has the main protagonist and his partner so deeply involved in
the plot. I think this spoils the plot. Also one of the other cases which they were investigating seemed
to get forgotten.
Met Dervla McTiernan at an author visit to Newcastle NSW, and found her to be very generous with her information and time. Can see why one relates to her book characters so easily.
Top international reviews
The author is good at creating characters, both likeable and unlikeable . Sometimes a minor character comes alive with a few words. She has a way with words - the kind of phrase you wish you had thought of, yourself. Her other strength ,usually,is storytelling but I guessed the plot early on and eventual outcome . I felt vaguely disappointed at the end as I half expected a twist that would jolt me out of my imagined ending. It never came.
I would probably read the next book as there is a lot to like about this author.
There was enough intrigue to keep me guessing as to what was going to happen next, so much so that it only took me 5 evenings to finish the book!
I enjoyed ‘The Ruin’, the first book of the series, but I very much enjoyed this one even more and now await book #3 excitedly!!
Dervla McTiernan has that rare knack of effortlessly forcing you to keep turning pages long into the night. I only wish she could learn to write faster!