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Girl A
A Novel
Abigail Dean - 2021-02-02
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In this riveting novel, a young girl escapes captivity from her parents' House of Horrors, becoming known as "Girl A." Years later, she must confront her past when her mother dies and leaves her the family home. With her siblings, she aims to turn the House of Horrors into something positive, but must confront the secrets and shifting alliances of their familial relationships. An immersive psychological thriller that delves into the complexities of sibling bonds and shared trauma.
Ellen Coyne
I started Girl A this evening and just finished it 🤯 ideal for anyone who’s struggling to concentrate enough to finish a book in lockdown, because you’ll have no choice but to read it in one go      source
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A woman to blame
The Kerry babies case
Nell McCafferty - 1987-07-20 (first published in 1985)
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A riveting true crime story about a young woman falsely accused of murdering her baby in rural Ireland. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence proving her innocence, the police pursued charges and continued to make unfounded accusations. Discover the shocking twists and turns in this gripping tale of justice denied.
Ellen Coyne
It’s hard to track down a physical copy but following today’s news about Joanne Hayes it’s well worth reading A Woman To Blame if you haven’t yet. One of the best books of reportage I’ve read.      source
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After the Silence
Louise O'Neill - 2020-09-03
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A murder on a small island in Ireland has remained unsolved for ten years. When a documentary team arrives to investigate, the island's secrets begin to unravel. The novel explores the consequences of keeping deadly secrets and the devastation they can cause. Louise O'Neill's latest novel is bold, brilliant, and disturbing.
Ellen Coyne
I was saving this book for my holidays next week but made the mistake of reading the first page yesterday and was compelled to finish it in less than a day 😳 it’s SUCH a fantastic, gripping thriller. I feel like I spent the weekend on Inisrún. It’s out on Thursday 📚      source
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Three Little Truths
Eithne Shortall - 2019-10-03 (first published in 2020)
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Three women living on the same street, each with their own struggles and secrets. Martha is trying to adjust to life in Dublin, Robin is a single mom with a troubled past, and Edie longs for a baby and the acceptance of her neighbors. As their friendship blooms, their lives will be forever changed as long-buried secrets are revealed.
Ellen Coyne
This is the perfect book to be coming home to on wintery evenings. It’s got a fabulous cast of characters and is a brilliant mix of shocking, funny and touching. @eithneshortall’s best book so far, which is no mean feat after how good the first two are 📚 💙      source
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Filter This
Sophie White - 2019-09-05
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"Filter This" follows Ali, a flawed heroine who is determined to win the Glossie Influencer Awards and break 10,000 followers on Instagram. Her plan takes a turn when she unintentionally leads people to believe she's pregnant and decides to play the "Mummy-Influencer" card. Alongside Ali, Shelly Devine, Ireland's biggest influencer, hides secrets from her followers and husband. As the night of the Glossies approaches, both women must make important decisions before losing what matters most. This modern and witty novel by Sophie White peels back the social media mask many wear and reveals the real people beneath.
Ellen Coyne
I was hooked on this book immediately and brought it EVERYWHERE with me over the past few days, trying to get a chance to read it whenever I could. I stayed up very, very late last night finishing it because putting it down really wasn’t an option 🤷🏻‍♀️ serious page turner ...      source
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Marian Keyes
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Other Words for Smoke
Sarah Maria Griffin - 2019-03-12
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Discover a haunting tale of witches, devastating first loves, and dark powers in Sarah Maria Griffin’s sophomore novel. Follow twins Mae and Rossa as they uncover the secrets of a burned down house and face unimaginable terrors. Fans of Libba Bray and Maggie Stiefvater will devour this captivating and atmospheric story that explores the balance between love and fear, youth and maturity, and good and evil. With intriguing characters, a dark mystery, and an unusual structure spanning five summers, this uncommon novel is perfect for readers of The Bone Witch and House of Furies.
Ellen Coyne
Stayed in bed all morning so that I could finish @griffski’s Other Words For Smoke and I feel like I’ve been spat out of another cosmos. It’s a gorgeous book that reads like it was woven together with witchcraft. I’ve never read anything like it!!! 🌚🧙‍♀️🔮#ReadIrishWomenChallenge      source
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The Weight of Love
Hilary Fannin - 2020-03-05
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'This is heartache for grown ups. The Weight of Love pulls you in and does not let go' ANNE ENRIGHT'Beautiful and painful, exquisitely written, shot through with nostalgia for our earlier selves' MARIAN KEYESLondon, 1996. Robin and Ruth meet in the staff room of an East London school. Robin, desperate for a real connection, instantly falls in love....
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Marian Keyes