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Hardback:Holding.:2016 Holding.
Author: Norton, Graham.
Publication year: 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2016.
ISBN: 1444792008 9781444792003 (hbk): 20.00
Duneen is a quiet place, far enough from the big towns to have kept its own rhythms. Its residents include castdown policeman PJ who lives a lonely, uneventful life punctuated only by the next meal - until now; the beautiful and mysterious family of three spinster sisters each with their own secrets and sorrows; and of course, the town's gossip who think she knows the answers. When a grim discovery is made on a building site up by the old school, it becomes the catalyst for long buried secrets and rivalries to come to light and this silent, once innocent and repressed-seeming town is revealed to have a much darker, hungrier undertow.
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I decided to read this on the back of many favourable reviews by book bloggers, I wasn't sure what to expect as I have been disappointed by some celebrity written books. However this was a pleasant surprise, not obviously the Graham Norton persona from theTV although some wit and humour came through. You couldn't help but warm to this clutch of characters in the small Irish town of Duneen. Warmly and sensitively written the mystery of the discovered human remains on the new development unfolds revealing deep and buried secrets. The local Garda, bumbling Sergeant PJ Collins is a likeable character and the main male in the whole plot, the others are mainly women each with their own histories, problems and struggles, Mrs Meany's story is so incredibly sad. On the whole a very enjoyable read, reccomended.
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