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Summary

A producer at the Belfast bureau of the BBC, Tessa is at work one day when the news of another raid comes on the air. The IRA may have gone underground after the Good Friday agreement, but they never really went away, and lately, bomb threats, arms drops, and helicopters floating ominously over the city have become features of everyday life.

As the anchor requests the public's help in locating those responsible for this latest raid - a robbery at a gas station - Tessa's sister appears on the screen. Tessa watches in shock as Marian pulls a black mask over her face.

The police believe Marian has joined the IRA, but Tessa knows this is impossible. They were raised to oppose Republicanism, and the violence enacted in its name. They've attended peace vigils together. And besides, Marian is vacationing by the sea. Tessa just spoke to her yesterday.

When the truth of what has happened to Marian reveals itself, Tessa will be forced to choose: between her ideals and her family, between bystanderism and action. Walking an increasingly perilous road, she fears nothing more than endangering the one person she loves more fiercely than her sister: her infant son.

©2021 Flynn Berry (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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Horrendous do not read

obviously written by someone who has never lived through the conflict. Complete one sided nonsense. Do not under any circumstances read this absolute bigoted rubbish.

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Grippingly Tense

It's almost impossible not to inhale this story about two sisters and their dangerous lives in Northern Ireland.

The performance by the narrorator, Catherine Rees, is brilliant. Her Northern accent really helped to immerse me in the story. She doesn't overly dramatically read the tense scenes in a way that takes me out of the story.

It's unbelievable to me that this book was written by an american author and not someone from the North or even the Republic. You never feel out of place for a moment, you are completely in Tessa's shoes as she makes every decision.

If you're looking for a gritty story about the real gory politics of the conflict in Northern Ireland then this book is not what you're looking for, however, if you're looking for a riveting psychological thriller about sisterhood and motherhood then please give this book a listen.

It's a really great book, my first of the Reese's book club books that I've listened to. If her picks are all as good as this one I'll be reading her recommendations every month.