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Ciarán West writes fast paced thrillers with real heart at their centre. His first novel, The Boys of Summer, is a dark coming of age tale, set in Limerick, Ireland, at the end of the 1980s. Touching, funny, and sometimes controversial, it follows 11 year old Richie and his friends as they try to solve an horrific crime which has rocked the local community. Richie learns about life, death, and even first love, in a week that will change him (and those around him) forever.
West's second book is a very different affair. Although it shares many themes with its predecessor, Girl Afraid is a modern urban horror, set against the background of kidnap, celebrity, and the Deep Web. Spanning a vibrant and often terrifying London, over 48 hours, the book follows multiple characters as they all play a part in the kidnap, and possible rescue, of 10 year old Poppy Riley. Gritty and, at some times, almost unpalatable, Girl Afraid has polarised reviewers worldwide; some lavishing praise, others too sickened to complete it.
After almost a year of crippling depression and the dreaded Writer's Block, Ciarán West has recently announced that he is writing again. Watch this space for what is sure to be another unputdownable thrill ride.