“Turncoat: A person who deserts one party or cause in order to join an opposing one”
Thank you to Anne Cater, No Exit Press, Anthony J Quinn and Random Things Tours for having me on the Turncoat Blog Tour. It has been a blast!
The sole survivor of a murderous ambush, a Belfast police detective is forced into a desperate search for a mysterious informer that takes him to a holy island on Lough Derg, a place shrouded in strange mists and hazy rain, where nothing is as it first appears to be.
A keeper of secrets and a purveyor of lies, the detective finds himself surrounded by enemies disguised as pilgrims, and is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the purgatorial island, where he is forced to confront a series of disturbing secrets and ghosts in his own life.
Quinn is an Irish writer and journalist. His nine novels have received critical acclaim from the Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Express, Der Spiegel, The Irish Times and the Irish Independent. His debut novel Disappeared was shortlisted for a Strand Literary Award in the United States by the book critics of the San Francisco Chronicle, The LA Times, The Washington Post and other US newspapers. It was also listed by Kirkus Reviews as one of the top ten thrillers of 2012. After its UK publication in 2014, Disappeared was selected by the Daily Mail and The Sunday Times as one of the Best Novels of the Year. It was also long-listed for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year. His short stories have twice been shortlisted for a Hennessy/New Irish Writing award. In 2014, he was awarded an ACES bursary for literature from the Northern Ireland Arts Council. He lives in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, with his wife, Clare, and their four children. He is represented by Paul Feldstein of the Feldstein Literary Agency.
I thought this story was mysterious, compelling and graphically violent…..I thought it was tremendous.
I grew up in a time when the trouble in Ireland were always on the news. It struck me how realistic this story actually was. The paranoia, suspicion and self doubt about you, even as a Police Officer, left you with not a leg to stand on especially once you read the opening scene.
The use of language to describe the landscape and thoughts the character was having were a joy to behold. It allowed me to be inside the head of the protagonist. Also it allowed me to visualise, hear and smell where the story was set. Now that is saying something! It really does explore the complexities of the human condition.
It was moving and difficult to read at tines. Not because it was a poor story, but because actually it is rather close to home. The writer has done a fantastic piece of work. I can absolutely see why he wins so much acclaim.
Yes it thrills and yes it twists, but at the same time it gives you pause to reflect.
Fantastic work and I absolutely recommend this to you.