Top positive review
Reviewed in Australia on 27 February 2020
When a little girl goes missing, Cormac Reilly can’t understand why his boss refuses to pull some much-needed bodies off the drug hunting team. So with Cormac interviewing the family, Peter Fisher has no one but himself to follow up a lead. He drives to a lake. The abductor is indeed there, and drives his car straight at Peter, who fires three fatal shots. The shots are fatal in more ways than one. They provide the perfect excuse to exile Peter to the village where his detested cop father rules the roost. Cormac’s own career also looks as though it’s going nowhere. Thus Dervla McTiernan sets the scene for a gripping yarn that involves major police corruption, a homicidal doctor, an escaping single mother, a major relationship death and plenty of double dealing. It would be horrendously disappointing if there was indeed that much corruption at high levels among the Garda but McTiernan handles it all so skilfully that you never doubt her for an instant. The main and subplots fire along and the psychological depth of the characters makes for a satisfying read. The technical information seems spot on too. If you have a burner phone, be wary of carrying it around with your real one all the time. I have only one suggestion for improving this book. Could we have a list of how to pronounce those Irish names?