What’s it about?
The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn’t always felt that her life was a total waste.
So when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke – a former love of both Brid and Evelyn – the village’s dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated PJ struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community’s worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.
Disclaimer: I’m a Graham Norton fan, love his TV and radio show so it was unlikely that I would dislike this book and fortunately I didn’t, I loved it. This was also my first audio book experience so is kind of a two-for-one review!
A small town drama that’s full of intrigue, mystery and regular and relatable characters; mostly three actually. Sergeant Collins; a severely overweight police officer, Brid Riordan; a borderline alcoholic mother and Evelyn Ross; heartbroken at a young age, never recovered and feels as though she has nothing to show for her life.
This isn’t really your typical murder mystery type of novel, so don’t go into it thinking it’ll be fast paced page turner. It is a slow burner with the mystery of the bones being an aside thread for us to unearth Duneen’s secrets in more detail and getting to know the characters and one in particular Sergeant Collins’ housekeeper Mrs Meeny’s heartbreaking story.
I really enjoyed this book as an audio book as I felt the story was enhanced by being narrated by Graham too. I don’t know if it’s usual practice for authors to narrate their own audio books but it makes so much sense. Graham was obviously the best choice for bringing his own characters to life. The small issues I had was understanding the names, not being able to see how they were spelt, and at one point, unusually, I was sure I’d cracked the mystery but couldn’t recall the info supplied earlier in the book about the DNA, so I couldn’t go back and check what I’d heard as I would have done with a paperback.
The book is also quite darkly humourous, especially with Graham’s narration; the characters swear quite a lot and it just made me laugh in the context it was used (picture me walking to and from work listening to this chuckling away like a mad fool). I think it would make an excellent drama and I thoroughly recommend.
What’s your experience of audio books? Any to recommend?
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No of pages: 320
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton