The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan- Our Review
ABIA Longlist 2021 – General Fiction Book of the Year
There’s few things better than an outstanding crime series, especially a highly atmospheric drama with a web of multiple storylines, all set in the midst of a bleak Irish winter.
Here, she drops our favorite detective DS Cormac Reilly into the fire, as he scrambles to save the life a young girl – abducted with only the slimiest chance of survival, whilst bewilderingly receiving no assistance from his superiors.
There is the dual storyline of the mystery behind another child, Tilly who is traumatised, now mute, and a third strand in the fallout from the abduction, as young Garda Peter Fisher – Cormac’s protege, is banished to the remote hamlet of Roundstone. A strong whiff of police corruption starts to permeate through the story.
While the storylines are outstanding, for me Dervla McTiernan’s greatest strength is that she creates fractured, very human characters that you can entirely emphasise with. An absolutely terrific read, The Good Turn can be enjoyed either as part of The Ruin series or as a standalone.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books