- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Urbane Publications (9 Jun. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1911331833
- ISBN-13: 978-1911331834
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 785,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Secret Wound - Someone carries a dark and deadly secret Paperback – 9 Jun 2017
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Ripe with truths, secrets and lies, The Secret Wound is a beautifully conjured story of the depths of the human heart. --Bestselling author Richard Rohr
This is an atmospheric and beautifully charged story, which moves between time frames and locations to ratchet up the building tension. The author evokes the Mallorcan landscape beautifully throughout. Digging deep into mysticism, The Secret Wound explores notions of connections, intimacy and power and asks questions about the nature of home. Highly recommended. A great summer read! --Bestselling author Rachel O'Connor
About the Author
Based in Mallorca where she runs Seven Rocks Consulting, a leadership development consultancy she founded with her husband, Deirdre brings her vast experience of emotional intelligence and mindfulness to bear in her creative endeavours. Taking inspiration from experience, Deirdre has not only painted with Argentinian artist Carlos Gonzalez in Palma and Natalia Spitale in Soller, she is also a winner of the Alexander Imich Prize in the US for writing about exceptional human experiences, and the Birmingham Trophy Prize in the UK.
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The Secret Wound is a novel of ideas - ideas about what it is to be human, to be innocent or guilty, spiritual or blindly materialistic - and the balance between those polarities. It also questions what scope there may be to overcome earlier guilt, earlier wounds - both given and received - is redemption possible? What is our essence, finally? Is it the sum of our actions? The characters themselves embody ideas, ways of being in the world - yet are complex and contradictory, as most people are. My experience of Gurtha, in particular, is that you felt him rather than saw him. I would say the same for Nuala. Gurtha is a fine companion on this difficult journey. The traumatic events throughout this novel lead Gurtha to his own realisations about what his life must be - pointing to what he loves and needs.
Another moving and beautiful aspect of this novel is Gurtha's relationship with his father, Paddy. I usually find it difficult to read about dementia, but Deirdre Quiery handles this painful and bewildering subject with grace, unforced humour, and a lot of heart. Paddy is a wonderful character, and again his essence seeps into you as you read. My favourite line in the whole novel, one which made me pause to jot it down, was this: 'It felt to Gurtha that the whole of Paddy's life was being drawn together from every cell in his body into his eyes.'
This is a 'crime novel' if someone like Hermann Hesse or Paulo Coehlo wrote crime novels. But Deirdre Quiery's voice is fully her own, as is her mastery of the looming threat (Barry chopping wood in the garden; a proposed walk by a cliff's edge; the friendly stranger that turns out to be a predator).
Mallorca acts as a stimulating and soulful setting, and now having read The Secret Wound I feel as though I know the island intimately - its streets, customs, food, topography - its uniqueness.
I would say Deirdre Quiery is essentially a philosophical writer, a writer who delves uncompromisingly into the psyches of her characters - eschewing the easy explanation, peeling back the layers so that we recognise ourselves in their maddening mixture of creativity, love, jealousy, and self-destructive drives. And yet the will to strive for good, for harmony, for redemption and renewal, is ascendant.
Secret Wound is a slow burner that smoulders and flares, in an almost sensual way...
I read and totally loved Eden Burning by Quiery, a crime thriller set in the Troubles in Belfast, a novel that still haunts me, and one I highly recommend, so I bought The Secret Wound as soon as it was published.
The Secret Wound is an altogether different story, setting, and pace, and it took me a little while to get over the fact that this was not a sequel. However, while Eden Burning is flash, bang, wallop, and dead scary, Secret Wound is a slow burner that smoulders and flares, in an almost sensual way, drifting from two incongruous settings, Belfast, to the island of Mallorca, and the author's knowledge of both places adds greatly to the narrative and her ability to beguile.
Who murdered Nuala? Was she murdered? and then we get into the maelstrom of the development of relationships of a set of characters, drifting backwards and forwards in time, and for me it was the development of the personalities in these main players that I found the most fascinating, the murder of Nuala becoming an episodic evanescent back story, and just as you think you are moving on, the spectre of the murder intrudes to bring you back to the raison d'être of the book - who has a dark secret; well all of them it seems, in one way or another, but who murdered Nuala?
I would still desperately like to read a sequel to Eden Burning, that in my view has the makings of a tremendous 'saga', but this book is so absorbing that you start to live the lives of these people, and I recommend it as a classic.
I have just finished reading The Secret Wound and I loved it! I have also read Eden's Burning (also by Deirdre Quiery). In both books I could really hook into the author having spent some time with her in the past. I am a big fan of thrillers and also love all the details about the characters and their thoughts as well as the location settings, all of which were beautifully described. I can see that the door is wide open for another book and I am looking forward to it.
Well worth a read!
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