'With her third novel Dervla McTiernan confirms she's a born storyteller' Val McDermid
The unputdownable no.1 bestseller from the author of The Ruin and The Scholar.
Police corruption, an investigation that ends in tragedy and the mystery of a little girl's silence - three unconnected events that will prove to be linked by one small town.
While Detective Cormac Reilly faces enemies at work and trouble in his personal life, Garda Peter Fisher is relocated out of Galway with the threat of prosecution hanging over his head. But even that is not as terrible as having to work for his overbearing father, the local copper for the pretty seaside town of Roundstone.
For some, like Anna and her young daughter Tilly, Roundstone is a refuge from trauma. But even this village on the edge of the sea isn't far enough to escape from the shadows of evil men.
PRAISE FOR DERVLA McTIERNAN:
'Intelligent and fast-paced ... We can't wait [for the next case]' - Wall Street Journal
'Top-notch crime writing' - Kate Forsyth
'Like The Ruin, The Scholar is a fast-paced, rewarding read' - Irish Examiner
'A truly fine police procedural that should see the author rocket from star to superstar' - Irish Independent
'Taut, tense and darkly addictive' - Candice Fox
'Confirms McTiernan's place in the top rank of crime writers' - Chris Hammer
'The Ruin was an outstanding debut but The Scholar proves beyond a doubt that Dervla McTiernan is a remarkable talent ... crime fiction of the highest standard' - Jane Casey
'A story that is as moving as it is fast-paced' - Val McDermid
'A writer to watch' - Publishers Weekly
'Dervla McTiernan's first novel far outclasses some of the genre's stalwarts, marking her as a crime writer to watch, and Cormac Reilly a cop to follow to hell and back. Fans of Ian Rankin and Tana French will feel right at home' - Bookseller + Publisher
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Irish-born, Australia-based crime novelist Dervla McTiernan has built a strong reputation for her gritty, engaging and deeply emotive police procedurals. Though The Good Turn shares the same grim, Irish setting as The Ruin and The Scholar (the first two books in her detective Cormac Reilly series, which we highly recommend reading), it can easily be read as a standalone novel. Layers of plot—the mysterious abduction of a young girl, large-scale police corruption, a son’s difficult relationship with his father—reveal themselves separately at first, but gradually intertwine in clever and surprising ways. As shocking and engrossing as they are, the twists and reveals are secondary to the deep emotional investment we felt as we got to know detective Peter Fisher and his father Des, and saw DI Reilly from different perspectives to those in McTiernan’s first two books. This truly fantastic crime novel will, without a doubt, keep you up at night.
A Good Turn
A slow, almost predictable start for the main character, very similar circumstances as the two previous novels. However, the story developed very well, included some good twists with a satisfying conclusion. I am now looking forward to the next novel in the Corman Reilly series.
That was insane
Dervla manages to keep the the stories she tells fresh and imaginative with each book. I’m hooked and cannot wait for the next one.
It was wonderful to have an in on some other characters, gives the story great depth, I love Cormac but really enjoyed Peter playing centre stage.
Thank you for a fabulous read!!!