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In The Rosary Garden [Kindle Edition]

Nicola White
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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In the Rosary Garden" is a moving, intelligent and courageous book - both a family story and a genuine thriller. --AL Kennedy

A mesmerising tale of secrets and lies rising from the past to strangle the present. --Val McDermid

The Rosary Garden is as good as it gets: a debut shot through with the real, horrifying cruelty of true crime and a heart-race ending. --Denise Mina

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“A mesmerising tale of secrets and lies rising from the past to strangle the present.” - Val McDermid “The Rosary Garden is as good as it gets: a debut shot through with the real,horrifying cruelty of true crime and a heart-race ending.” - Denise Mina “In the Rosary Garden is a moving, intelligent and courageous book - both a family story and a genuine thriller.” -AL Kennedy Ali Hogan is leaving school, all the possibilities of adult life glistening before her, when her discovery of a murdered newborn in the convent garden in Ireland shatters her world and resurrects half-formed memories of her childhood. For detective Vincent Swan, this baby s resting place in the grounds of a prosperous school, in an Ireland riven by battles of religion and reproduction, makes the case a media sensation even as the church moves to suppress it. Swan is no friend of the Catholic church; Swan doesn t have many friends. Even his own wife is a mystery to him. Ali flees the media spotlight, seeking refuge at her uncle s farm in remote Buleen where she starts to put together the fragments of an older tragedy, another child's death. Meanwhile in Dublin, Swan s investigation is stalling, forcing him to consider that the scraps of evidence point to Ali Hogan herself... Winner of the 2013 £10,000 Dundee International Book Prize, In The Rosary Garden is a powerful thriller from a startling new voice in fiction - bold, brilliant and guaranteed to leave you breathless.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 753 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cargo Publishing (24 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G1SW59O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this in 3 sittings 23 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback
I lost two entire evenings and most of my Saturday to this book. It's just what I look for and don't often find - believable characters; funny at times; complicated plot, but not so much that it gets crazy out of control; and I think I'm in love with Detective Inspector Swan. Now I wish I hadn't read it so fast.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting 8 Dec 2013
By Lizzie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a dark story, not for the faint hearted or sensitive. Having just seen the film Philomena, it told a similar story of a sad, hidden side of life in Ireland.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly disturbing 4 Dec 2013
By Jane
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a complex novel. It shocks and it holds you. I gasped at one point. Ali is a painfully accurate teenage girl edging towards women-hood. I think she is the most tightly observed teenager I have ever met in a novel. The mix of disturbed child and increasing ownership of her own voice: it hurts. The religious-bound reality of Ireland in the 1980s is all there. Wonderful writing. It stays with you.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much More Than A Crime Thriller 11 Nov 2013
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On the surface, it's a crime thriller, those who are fans, like me, of Ian Rankin and co. will recognise the format. Strung out detective, frustrated by his own department, struggling at home, with lots of suspects. The character of Ali is fascinating. There are moment where I thought there were several twists with her coming up and then the author went completely opposite direction. This is book is more than just a crime book though. There's big questions about being a woman in Eire, arguably the first half of the book is dedicated to just that, rather than a plain ""whodunnit"". As someone who remembers the 80s well (I'm old enough to!), its depiction of this time never interferes with the story, but feels like it's always there. Id say this book is much more than a crime thriller because it asks big questions, while being thoroughly entertaining. A cracking read, dark and shocking, Id recommend to all and will certainly look out for more by Nicola White.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story 8 Jan 2014
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I don't read much crime fiction, but I really enjoyed this. More a story of people than crime. A good plot. I can normally see the ending coming but this kept me intrigued. Highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Those times, that place 19 Nov 2013
By Viviene
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In the Rosary Garden is a real achievement; a very well constructed first novel, and it had me engaged right to the end. It's a satisfying end too.
I don't read many crime thriller type books and it took me a few chapters to settle into the characters. Then, I was totally with it. It is quite something to put characters and a complex storyline together so well and wrap detail round it all. Nicola White has created some very vivid images of the time and the place and the, sometimes confused, drive in a young woman to assert herself. Some lovely descriptions: a motif of branches against the sky stays in my mind.
Hope Nicola keeps writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected 25 Jan 2014
By Laurel
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was a little disappointed with this book as I purchased it following reviews on Amazon. I didn't feel it dealt with the trauma of unwanted pregnancy that women in Ireland must have felt. The nun's behaviour toward her sister did not convince me either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Rosary Garden by Nicola White 8 Jan 2014
By Perky
Format:Kindle Edition
A terrific debut novel from Nicola White. Rather than being a demanding page turner, the reader is drawn inexorably into the story - a complex web of characters and connections. Carefully observed, the story weaves together a mix of youthful promise and troubled pasts... convent life, remote rural Ireland. Swan, the quiet, likeable detective charged with bringing it all together is surely due another run out in White's follow up novel? Loved it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
this really gets to the heart of 1980's Ireland and has a lovely contrast between rural and urban philosophies. Good read
Published 4 days ago by liz Mistry
5.0 out of 5 stars Good plot
I found the beginning of the book a bit slow, but it gathered pace and kept the reader guessing until near the end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sheel
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
Enjoyed the idea of this story. Kept me reading and I enjoyed the characters although at times the storyline jumped from one style of genre to another. A lot deeper than expected
Published 1 month ago by angela alderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Enjoyed the story line,gave me an I site to the Irish Catholic faith,and the frightening time of someone having an illegitimate baby
Published 2 months ago by C. P. A. Skillen
5.0 out of 5 stars really good
Such a good book ... kept me turning the pages, tells the story of difficult times and decisions that change lives forever, a well written and captivating book.
Published 2 months ago by Joanne
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and depressing
I found this book slow,boring and depressing with a disappointing end. I would not recommend it to anyone else. No
Published 3 months ago by susan thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
The book was well researched and its characters were very realistic. A good read. I would recommend it to others.
Published 3 months ago by Genny from the block
3.0 out of 5 stars bit long winded
Bit long for such a short story didn't find it as gripping as I thought it would be
Not the sort of book I would keep on my kindle.
Published 4 months ago by marian hodgson
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Rosary Garden
Really enjoyed this book. It hit a "nerve"...but was it because I am Irish and am ashamed that the events in story have actually occurred in Ireland. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Annette
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing end ...
Got of to great start but lost my interest in the last quarter of the book. Maybe not worth the time
Published 5 months ago by Ms. S. Feeney
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