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Outside a Northern-Irish village stands a farmhouse with a grim history of violence half a century ago. Now its new tenant, a young woman trapped in a troubled marriage, must confront that legacy in this haunting new stand-alone from Stuart Neville, king of Belfast noir.

Sara Keane's husband, Damien, has uprooted them from England and moved them to his native Northern Ireland for a "fresh start" in the wake of her nervous breakdown. But three sleepless nights into their new life, Sara understands it's not an entirely fresh start after all: Damien's new boss is his ex-con father, whose contracting business is run with violence and tinged by paramilitary association. Sara, who knows no one in Northern Ireland, is jobless, carless, friendless - all but a prisoner in her own house.

And then there's the house itself: When a blood-soaked old woman beats on the door, insisting the house is hers before being bundled back to her care facility, Sara begins to understand the house has a terrible history her husband and his father never intended for her to discover.

©2021 Stuart Neville (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Will remain with you

This story of hard, evil men is not new but told and narrated in a remarkable manner. I grew up in Northern / North of Ireland in the 60s and 70s and was totally absorbed in the story. Some not from the area won’t understand all the geographical and cultural references but those don’t diminish the story. It’s raw, tragic but with some rays of hope. I experienced similar emotions reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I’ve read all of Stuart Neville’s books - not for the faint hearted but this is one of his best.

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Mis-classified genre

This book belongs in the horror genre, not mysteries or thrillers. It is dark and depressing with a touch of the supernatural, so if you’re looking for a good Irish crime drama, you might be disappointed, as I was.

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Took my breath away

Only Stuart Neville could write a ghost story this savage, heartbreaking and beautiful. I’m not usually a fan of the genre, but in this case the supernatural elements are secondary to the character development and the full tale of sorrow and redemption. Caroline Lennon gives a brilliant performance. Unforgettable.

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