Star rating: ★★★✰✰ Maud Drennan is a carer who has been sent to take care of Cathal Flood, a hoarder who has chased away all of his previous carers, sometimes with a hockey stick. Cathal is mean, angry, and desperate to keep his secrets just that, secret.
Stella Krakus is having a bad week. Her almost-ex-husband is basically stalking her, her glamorous-yet-overbearing mother wants to meet for lunch, and her boss/lover is breaking up their romance as gently as his narcissism will let him. On top of it all, her colleague Paul has gone missing. But he's left behind a map that piques Stella's interest. As she researches into its origins, a mystery opens itself that promises to reveal secrets Stella never dreamed of
Sharon Guskin's debut novel The Forgetting Time follows Janie Zimmerman and her 4-year-old son Noah. Noah suffers from nightmares. He is terrified of water and wakes up every night shouting for his mother. Only it's not Janie he's looking for. He wants his other mother. And he wants to go home, to a home that Janie has no knowledge of.
Jack and Sydney have just bought their first house. They were shocked when they're offer was accepted, especially considering how many people were at the viewing. But they don't question it. The only catch is that they get all of the junk that the previous owner left in the house as well, but cleaning it all away is a small price to pay for their dream home.
Melanie Black has woken up in a strange man’s bed. It’s not necessarily an unusual occurrence, but when he completely ignores her she starts to get worried. Her concern is made even worse when the man’s wife comes into the room, and also completely ignores her. She soon comes to realise what’s going on. She’s dead. And she has woken up in the house of her murderer.
Lib, an English nurse who trained under Florence Nightingale, has been sent to rural Ireland to carry out a strange assignment. She has been asked to watch over an eleven-year-old girl, Anna, who claims to have been living without food for months, yet is still healthy.
Judge Scott Sampson thinks nothing of the text he gets from his wife saying she will be picking up their two children from school that afternoon. He’s disappointed that he’ll miss their weekly swimming time, but he goes on with his day. Until his wife comes home alone that evening, saying she knows nothing about the text, assuming he was picking up the children as normal.
When a severed finger turns up on Helen Taylor’s doorstep, the police must try to find out if she saw what happened to her recently deceased (and dismembered) neighbour. But Helen has trouble remembering things, and her dead husband, Bobby, talking over her shoulder isn’t helping. So the police call in her sister, Pat, to see if she can make any sense of what Helen says.
Graham Norton's debut novel, Holding, is an emotional and funny look at the inner workings of a small town and the secrets it can keep over the years.
Sergeant PJ Collins is an overweight Garda in the small town of Duneen, Co. Cork. He's self-conscious and feels like he's missed out on a lot in life. He's never been in a relationship, lives alone in the Garda barracks and feels even his job can't give him any satisfaction.