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  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Poolbeg Press Ltd (21 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184223496X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842234969
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 3.1 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 734,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''If you are a fan of Jodi Picoult, this one's for you'' --Irish Independent

''Dark, gritty and addictive, this is definitely worth a read'' --RTE Guide

About the Author

Linda Kavanagh has been a journalist and writer for over 30 years. She spent fifteen years as a staff sub-editor and feature writer with the RTE Guide, and wrote travel and health columns. Her previous novels include Hush Hush, Love Child, Love Hurts and Time After Time.


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By JM TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Aug. 2011
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This was not really what I thought it would be: from the blurb it sounds like a story of revenge but it isn't really.
Claire inherits her late mother's old cottage, her childhood home. Whilst there she discovers the diary of her sister Zoe who drowned thirty years ago when she was just 13. The diary horrifies Claire as she realises Zoe was brutally bullied by four girls in her class which drove her to her death.
She decides to seek revenge on these women, now in their forties and all leading seemingly happy successful lives. But there seemed to be little focus on this, and more on the lives of the four women and their families, in fact I would say a large proportion of the book centred around the husband and daughter of one of the four. Interesting enough, but not quite sure what the point of it was.
As Claire makes certain discoveries toward the end of the book about some missing pages in Zoe's diary, the horrifying truth emerges.
Although it wasn't what I expected, I did enjoy this book and would recommend it.
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Four School Girls Bully Zoe Gray and she commits Suicide by drowning... or does she, thirty years after the tragic event, Zoe's Sister Claire inherits the family home after the death of their alcoholic mother, she finds Zoe's diary and sets about avenging those who were responsible for her sisters sudden death,We meet the four "Bullys" and see how Zoes death has affected them, Claire sets out to destroy all four who now live wealthy lives, and with each chapter we discover something new about each Character, how events have shaped their lives today, and how all is not what it seems for most of them... an absolutely brilliant book once you start it you will not put it down...
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One of my favourite books. Not my usual genre of Books.

This book has everything. The reader is drip fed information following the story through Zoe's diary.

30 years later following her mother's death her sister Clare sets about unraveling her sisters life to find out what really happened surrounding her suicide and vows to take revenge on her perpetrators.

Zoe was desperately trying to keep her family together and safe from the authorites but as her heart wrenching story unfolds it becomes clear that other life events were more to blame for her fragile state of mind and her horrendous childhood.

A sad but beautifully written story. I will be reading more by this author.

Just fabulous!
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I bought the Linda Kavanagh novels because they were likened to Jodi Picoult and the covers are reminiscent of Diane Chamberlain, two of my favourite authors. I am reading them in order, and so far this is the best of the bunch, although nowhere in the league of the aforementioned authors. Her storylines are very good, but the first three novels were in a fairly stilted writing style and I found the dialogue style particularly unrealistic. This one seems to show a new maturity in writing style, although I do agree with a previous reviewer that her characters tend to be very one dimensional. Hopefully the next one I have to left to read, Still Waters, will have improved even more.
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Yet another blinder from Kavanagh, this author knows how to twist and turn plots so you cannot possibly predict the ending!Claire is determined to avenge her sister's death and on discovering a diary written by her sister Zoe she begins to piece together why her sister committed suicide, 4 affluent school girls in Zoe's class made her life hell and Zoe began to document the miserable existence she had while trying to hold together a semblance of a life for her and her little sister living with an alcoholic mother and an non existant father. As the novel wears on we are introduced to the 4 girls and their lives now and the impact that their bullying had on Zoe. Each of the women have a story to tell which doesn't become apparent until the last quarter of the book....does Claire follow through with her plans or does her new found knowledge make her question other apects of her life? A rollercoaster of a ride and a book once started could not be put down!
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I have just finished reading this book and I must say its the 1st time I have read one of Linda kava nags books and it won't be the last . I found it a really good down to earth read it kept me wondering what was coming next in it even after I had put it down for the night. I couldn't wait to pick it up again each night . It was a really good storyline in the fact that it does go on sadly in our society so you could relate to it happening behind closed doors. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to purchase my next book by Linda kavanagh.
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This is an attention-grabbing book that will make you angry, sad and raise the occasional smile, but one that will surprise you. I loved the unpredictable twists of story and the range of emotions I felt while reading it. A book that shows that childhood is not the best years of our life but something we spend the rest of our lives getting over.
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As an avid reader of contemporary women's fiction, I was delighted to discover an author of whom I had not heard. The front cover is very much in the style of a Jodi Picoult or Diane Chamberlain and bears a label recommending the story to fans of Jodi Picoult. That the author is Irish rather than American served only to add to the book's initial appeal. The theme of the book, as described on the back cover, seemed both serious and topical - systematic bullying within schools and the subsequent suicide of the victim are all too frequent and tragic an occurrence among children and teenagers in today's society and I found myself expecting an emotionally harrowing read. Within a very few pages, however, it became very clear that this was not the case.

My first stumbling block was the overly simplistic style of writing which reduced the majority of the characters to one dimensional figures lacking in any real depth. My second disappointment was the appalling dialogue between the characters. Within two minutes of meeting at a school reunion after 25 years, one woman charmingly tells the other that she is "Still a snooty po-faced cow" and, in turn, receives the retort "Once a bitch, always a bitch"! I find it very hard to believe that any forty-something women would behave in such an ill-mannered and juvenile way, no matter how bad the relationship between the pair had been during their school years. From this point on, the book lost all credibility for me and the writing seemed to descend into something half way between comedy and melodrama ..... by the bucket load!
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