If I Never See You Again Paperback – 6 Jan 2011
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"Gripping, terrifying, memorable. Jo Birmingham is my sort of heroine." (TESS GERRITSEN)
"This is a formidable debut... gritty, downbeat and realistic. Highly recommended," (Independent, Ireland)
'Gripping, terrifying - if you like Martina Cole, you'll love this.' Endorsed by Tess Gerritsen, this is the first in a compulsive new series by Transworld's newest crime-writing star.See all Product Description
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The cover doesn't do justice to the intelligence and plotting of the novel. It looks amateurish and doesn't reflect the book's content at all. If it wasn't for me getting the book for free as part of the Transworld Crime Caper project, I'd never have picked it up.
And that would have been a real shame.
Jo Birmingham is a recently promoted detective in Dublin, a single mother - her husband (and boss) recently left her for his secretary - she has to fight hard to be taken seriously in her male-dominated workplace. I really liked this character. I empathised with her situation and was rooting for her throughout the novel.
I found the plot a little confusing. Granted, I read this book while going through a fibro flare-up and may not have been as on the button as I'd like to be, but I never quite understood how Jo made the connection between the manner of the victims' death and the religious element of the story. I felt this could have been exploited more. I also thought that when he was identified, the religious connection to the killer was a little tenuous. Personally, I'd have liked the book to be a little darker in tone - the religious nutter theme lent itself to this and it would have made the story a bit stronger.
My last niggle with the book is the title. I have no idea what the relevance of If I Never See You Again has to the story. Ms. O'Connor might as well have called it `Alan'. Or perhaps I'm just being dense about it.
The big question is would I read another of Niamh O'Connor's books? I have to say, yes. As I said before, I cared about what happened to Jo Birmingham and would gladly spend a few more hours in her company. All in all, a recommended read to crime fiction fans.
I loved the setting in Ireland as it seems lately a lot of crime books I have been reading have been set in London. Niamh's writing is pretty good too. It's an easy to read style, nothing too taxing and complicated but enough to draw interest (nothing worse that reading a book and feeling like you are taking a course in forensic pyschology!). Jo Birmingham is a good lead character and her situation is one that is not uncommon, in books or in the real world. A typical working mother that has to try and balance work and home. What I really liked about Jo was that she wasn't made as perfect as other characters I have read in the past. Typical lead women do NOT have to be perfect and sometimes (like in the case of this book) it's nice to see them make mistakes and doubt themselves.
I also loved the other characters that make appearances throughout the story, namely her ex-husband Dan and her colleagues John Foxe (known and Foxy in the book. What a great nickname!) and Gavin Sexton. The story itself is built up in layers which made it more interesting to read, we weren't thrown out of the frying pan and in to the fat. The story is built up as we learn more about each person and the role they play following the discovery of the first body.
From the perspective of the crimes themselves, this was the area I felt it lacked a little something.Read more ›
At the start of the story I was a bit taken aback by the number of personal problems experienced by the characters -Jo's colleague Gavin Sexton's wife committed suicide 18 months ago, and there's a local crime reporter whose daughter has been abducted and abused, and is still too traumatised by the experience to speak about it. It all seemed rather too much for one novel. The crime plot also seemed a bit sensational for my tastes - a serial killer with an interest in Biblical symbolism.
However, I quickly found myself drawn into the story and anxious to read on to find out what would happen next. Jo is a great character for a crime series, spiky and ambitious, all too aware of the sexism and other prejudices which have affected her career, sometimes too impulsive and reckless. Single mother detectives are rare in crime fiction, and I enjoyed the portrait of her domestic life as a contrast to work (though I wasn't quite sure why she was giving a one year old formula milk or about the way she was preparing it!) She has a passion for finding out the truth and compassion for the families of victims which is not shared by some of her colleagues, who think that the victims are just more dead hookers.Read more ›
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Would recommend this book to anyone who ejoys crime novels.Published 18 months ago by Janet Murdoch
This is a promising start to a series of Jo Bermingham books - but with some room for improvement.
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this author is great you just cant put book down ,story brill and all her books are getting better look forward to reading more of hers .Published on 15 Oct. 2013 by Mrs. Marie Malcolm