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The Silver Tattoo by [Treacy Bentley, Laura]
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"If you haven't read Laura Bentley's work, you should; she's a wonderfully gifted writer." 
- Ray Bradbury

"Extraordinarily well-crafted and engrossing, *The Silver Tattoo* is both a thrill ride and a darkly beautiful vision of modern Ireland. This deeply atmospheric novel will linger long after you finish reading."- Zoe Ferraris, author of *Finding Nouf,* a 2008 LA Times Book Award Winner 

"A stolen bottle of nail polish and a butterfly (ancient symbol for the soul) are paired in a childish prank that is transformed in *The Silver Tattoo*, page by suspenseful page, into a nerve-shattering drama that catches the reader up in a much older drama, a play of shadows cast by warriors and queens of Irish myth."- Edwina Pendarvis, author and book review editor for *Now & Then*

About the Author

LAURA TREACY BENTLEY is a fan of Eva Cassidy, Ray Bradbury, ONCE the movie/musical, snickerdoodles, cheap red wine, and a good cup of café au lait. She'd like to be the first writer on the moon (maybe), have brunch with Meryl Streep (definitely), and take a ride around the block in a Bentley, but would settle for the hood ornament instead. Laura's first novel, THE SILVER TATTOO, is a dark literary thriller set in mythical Ireland. She is a poet and the book editor (“Conversations”) for WV LIVING magazine and divides her time between the beautiful mountains of West Virginia and western Maryland. Her work has appeared in the United States and Ireland, and her first book of poetry, LAKE EFFECT, was published in 2006. One of her poems, “Keepsake,” was chosen by the editors of O MAGAZINE and is featured on Oprah’s website. http://www.lauratreacybentley.com http://www.wvliving.com Follow Laura on Twitter @lauratbentley

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C5K2542
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #947,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I spent a weekend in Dublin,many years ago and it was lovely to catch up with some of the places I visited then,its a wonderful setting for a book,with trips to London and the States thrown in as well, Leah was an interesting character, as was Conor .Can't say I enjoyed the description of the tattoo towards the end it made me feel a bit squeamish and I've got tattoos!I thought this was a strange book quite different to anything I've read before,but not strange in a bad way its difficult to describe it adequately and I'm not sure this review does it justice but I don't want to give anything away all I can say is its well worth a read if you are looking for some thing a bit different and quite creepy in places.
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The Silver Tattoo is based on old Irish myths, literature and legends. This is the chilling story of Leah, who has left her comatosed husband Conor to study Irish Studies at Dublin’s Trinity College. Through a series of flashbacks, the reader learns more about Leah and Conor’s story, their close relationship with Conor’s best friend Ferdie and what has led Leah to her current path.

Several chilling events suggest that a stalker is following Leah’s every move, prompting her to flee to Ireland’s dangerous Cliffs of Moher, seeking refuge among the local myths and folklore. There she becomes intrigued with the story about an old Irish warrior. When a mysterious woman, who calls herself Rowan, tries to push Leah off the cliffs, Leah realises her life is in danger.

Laura Treacy Bentley writes beautiful prose, with amazing descriptions of the Irish countryside. The Silver Tattoo is a chilling, haunting and dark tale, ideal for anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers and Irish legends.
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I was lucky enough to win this book in an online competition, otherwise I might not have discovered it. I was immediately drawn into the story and intrigued by the fact that I had no idea where it was going (but happy to go along for the ride).

There are elements of suspense, magic and mind games, all brought together really skilfully. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and felt really caught up in the atmosphere created by the author.

My only slight quibble is that one of the characters' personality change seemed a bit unbelievable...but I wouldn't want to give anything away, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes well-written psychological thrillers laced with literary references and mysterious mythology!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story! 1 Aug. 2013
By Desiree Putaski - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, don't let the 4 star rating fool you. This book is an excellent read! The characters are believable and the author has a way of transporting you to the places in the book. The visual representation of each and every place (from the cities to the small country villages and pubs) transports you right into the story! There were 2 factors to my 4 star rating...ok, maybe 3, but the third is more my bleeding heart than anything :)
There is a lot of back and forth between the present and the past... it tends to get a bit confusing. But, then again, I wasn't able to sit and read undisturbed and that might have made all the difference in the world. I found myself going back several pages just to make sure I hadn't accidentally gone forward in the story and skipped a chapter or something. For the most part this back and forth is separated into their own chapters, but there were several places where Leah "went back in time" to relate an event to the present. Perhaps if I could have read it in one sitting or even over two undisturbed sittings I might not have gotten confused. And without giving any spoilers, there are places where it seems that someone is in two places at one time. I know that to keep appearances and to keep us guessing as readers they were strategically written this way, but again, when you read a little bit and then pick back up and get to read a little bit more, you start to question your own sanity on if you are where you left off. But the blending of Irish folklore and the story was superb! By the end of the story I was smacking myself going "Why didn't I figure that out sooner?"
The second factor was that it took quite a long time to understand why Leah had "fled" to Ireland. I'm sure that I had read it in the synopsis and the reviews I read beforehand...but it just took the story a long time to get there. But then again, perhaps that's exactly what the author wanted... she wanted to keep us guessing. I guess if you took the mystery that is Conor out of the equation from the very beginning it leaves several little plot twists out.
And of course everyone loves a happy ending. Did she finally set herself free from the guilt or the pain? Did Bev find her and travel back with her? Did they remain friends? Was she able to go on with her life and have her happily ever after? Ok, so all of that is my bleeding heart that cries for the happily ever after in every book :) And I kept waiting for the silver tattoo to play a larger role in all of it. There's very little mention of it and even at the end Leah doesn't even notice it. I guess it could have been played up a little bit more. But perhaps it was more a symbolic piece than anything.
Overall the book was excellent. It made me think and I really sympathized with the characters. Bev was awesome and my heart ached for Theodore. And I think we have all known some crazy off their rocker folks like Maura. Of course there were parts that I wanted to smack Leah and tell her to stop letting herself feel like the victim and just get on with it!
I would caution you to read this book when you have the time to devote to it, a lot of the past and present switch confusion could be avoided that way. But if you love a good book about the survival of the human spirit and learning to let go of the past in order to trudge forward to your future...then I definitely recommend The Silver Tattoo.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read 16 Sept. 2013
By litchick66 - Published on Amazon.com
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Laura Treacy Bentley is an accomplished writer. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies in the States, and magazines and journals in the U.S. and Ireland. Her resume is impressive on the poetry side; however, a little sparse on the longer-fiction side. That is because The Silver Tattoo is her first novel.

Primarily set in Ireland, Leah O'Brien Howland is on the run from a harassing stalker. Leah has left her husband, Conor Howland, in the States, to pursue Irish Studies at Trinity College near Dublin, Ireland. In a series of flashbacks we learn about their lives together and the close friendship knit among Conor, Leah, and Conor's best friend Ferdie.

While on the run from her would-be killer, Leah encounters the people, places and mythology of Ireland, as well as some characters deeply steeped in myth, literature and lore.

Bentley has undertaken quite a task by leaving the known, poetry, and venturing into the relatively unknown, her first novel. But in the end readers will find that this novel is more than worth the price to buy and the time to read it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 12 Aug. 2013
By William D. Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is excellent. Voice is something authors are told to develop constantly, but it almost seems like a myth. Bentley's voice, however, is strong. I think I could pick her writing out of a lineup of samples. Part of this is likely due to her poetry background, though admittedly I've yet to read her poetry.

The book is more sentimental than I'm used to, but LTB is so good at building intrigue that you never lose focus. You just have to have those answers. A lot of my reading consists of horror-fantasy and sci-fi. And while I'm a huge fan of Joe Hill and Mark Lawrence, it's nice to expand one's horizons every so often. So there's no beheadings or monsters, The Silver Tattoo still left me completely satisfied.

One thing that's obvious even without a foreword or acknowledgements is that the author has intimate knowledge of Ireland. There's a lot of travel in the book and the locations are described in such detail that you feel like you're really there. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the characters are real. There's a bartender and story-teller on a tiny island that must be inspired by real people. I learned so much about Ireland from reading this novel. Not just the locations, but myths, language and culture all play a large role in the book. And since it's written with an American in the lead role the cultural differences are often noted and explained, making it far easier on a non-Irish reader.

I look forward to any future work of Bentley. I wonder if a sequel is possible. The antagonist wasn't necessarily dead at the end. By-the-way, the ending is nothing less than brilliant in both a metaphorical and literal way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written 14 May 2013
By Karen B - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't believe it has taken me so long to write the review of this book because I bought it as soon as it was available and boy am I glad that I did. I had hesitated for about 10 minutes because I don't know that much about locations in Ireland and the Irish writers were not ones that I studied in college. But something about the description just called to me.
It was exciting, riveting, suspenseful from the moment Leah finds her name written with her nail polish on her dorm room door. I just can't do justice in writing this review. I think it's something you have to experience.
The author definitely has a way with words, I was there, in Ireland, I was learning about the setting and the books to which the author refers. It was as though she painted illustrations with her words. My lack of background with Irish literature did not impede me at all. There were several parts that made me cry. I just felt for Leah and the pain she experienced.
I traveled with Leah to various parts of Ireland and saw the simplicity of the inhabitants with great respect for them. Everyone in this book seemed real to me, and maybe that is why I felt Leah's pain so easily. I can't wait for the author's next book!
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine mystery. 6 Jun. 2016
By Carter T. Seaton - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't usually read mysteries, but Laura Treacy Bentley's The Silver Tattoo caught me. Perhaps it was the well developed character, Leah, or the richly described setting in Ireland, or the driving plot line. Pick any of the three and you'll find yourself holding on for dear life. Leah has traveled to Ireland to study, but what she learns is much more than she bargained for. The story is rich in lore, exciting twists, and endearing characters. Do yourself a favor by reading it.
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