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Very good read
on 31 August 2013
I really enjoyed reading this book, following Katie Maguire as she runs a race against time to catch whoever is responsible for a series of brutal slayings of local priests in Cork. First though, she has to figure out why they are being singled out, all she knows is that they were involved in events going back to 1983 involving the abuse of children in their care. I have to say, that this is not a book for the faint hearted. The slayings are brutal and sadistic, full of torture and described in great detail. I found myself wincing quite a lot!
I really like the character of Katie. She has forged a successful career for herself in the Garda, is bright, intelligent, caring and feminine. I love the way she picked out what clothes to wear in order to make the right impression on certain occasions. She is also at something of a crossroads in her personal life, which made good reading and a break from the gory bloodfest going on all around her. The book is full of very good, realistic characters who are interesting to read about. The story flows well, for the most part, as the tale unfolds on the page. It is at times brutal but can also be passionate and every so often there are those little one liners that you often come across in Irish books that just put a great smile on your face.
However, I have to say that the read was spoiled for me by a lot of editing errors, mainly words missing which interrupted my reading quite a bit. There were also a couple of silly things that bugged me - at one point Katie had to speak on the telephone to a Garda officer in another division to order him to lend one of her officers a squad car, yet the next day she didn't know anything about it, as well as a fireman who wore sunglasses in the middle of the night!
All in all though, this is a really gripping page-turner.