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The Sisters

Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Series: The Cormac Reilly Series, Book 0.5
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (252 ratings)
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Dervla McTiernan

About the Author

Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel, The Ruin, is a critically acclaimed international bestseller.The Ruin was short-listed for the 2018 Irish Book Awards, the 2019 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, the Barry Awards, the Davitt Awards, the Ned Kelly Awards, and the Australian Book Industry Awards, and long-listed for the Indie Awards. Dervla’s second book, The Scholar, was also an instant bestseller, confirming her place as one of Australia’s best new crime writers. Dervla was born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven. She studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Law Society of Ireland, and practiced as a lawyer for 12 years. She now lives in Western Australia with her husband and two children. An avid fan from childhood of crime and detective novels, Dervla now writes full-time.

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Aoife McMahon

About the Performer

Originally from Ireland, Aoife McMahon is an actress and voice-over artist with over 100 audiobooks to her credit. She regularly tops best-seller lists and The Times’s (UK) top titles. Aoife trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has gone on to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National, Young Vic, Royal Court, and Abbey theaters as well as BBC TV and Radio, RTÉ TV (Ireland), and many others. She has won awards both for her screen and audio work. Aoife lives in London and travels regularly to Sri Lanka, where she teaches kundalini yoga and takes time out to write.

Summary

Two sisters climbing the ranks of Dublin’s criminal justice system. A murder case that could change their lives forever. The Sisters is a gripping new thriller from one of the most exciting voices in crime fiction.

 In this prequel to the international bestseller The Ruin, set 10 years prior, bright-eyed Carrie Ryan is at the very start of her career. When she has a hunch about an ongoing murder investigation, she knows it could be her only chance to prove herself and truly break into the “boy’s club” of Dublin’s police force. 

Carrie uncovers this make-or-break moment in a case file her sister Aifric, a newly qualified barrister, leaves on their kitchen counter: Robert Collins has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend after a fight in a local pub, and all signs point towards a guilty verdict. But both sisters quickly begin to find evidence that complicates the story. All the while, Carrie is very aware that she’s crossed the line – if the detective sergeant running the investigation finds out she’s been messing around with his case, her career will be over before it has begun.  

Please note: This audio contains strong language, distressing situations, and descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting. Discretion is advised. 

©2019 Dervla McTiernan (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Continue the series

    • By: Dervla McTiernan
    • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
    • Series: The Cormac Reilly Series, Book 1
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Release date: 08-03-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 147 ratings
    • Critics Reviews
    • An excellent story, very well written...this one was a winner for me. (Alex Gray, author of the William Lorimer series)

      Excellently written and at times, heart-catchingly sad. (Marian Keyes)

      Heartbreaking and heart-stopping. (Caz Frear)

    Regular price: £19.99

    • By: Dervla McTiernan
    • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
    • Series: The Cormac Reilly Series, Book 2
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 07-03-19
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 90 ratings
    • Critics Reviews
    • Dervla McTiernan is a future star of the genre. (Chris Brookmyre)

      An exciting new voice.
      Cormac Reilly is a brilliant new character. (Sam Blake)

    Regular price: £19.99

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Doesn't leave any feelings

Book - to listen and do not remember about it tomorrow. Simple story. Easy listen.

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Gripping

Brilliant book , really enjoyable with a great flow and just the right amount of intrigue.

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One word: Brilliant!

This is only a short listen but sums up the writing of Dervla McTiernan excellently. Brilliant, believable characters, I love these sisters. Clever, clever storyline. Great narration too from Aoife McMahon.

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Gripping, completely credible, loved it!!!

From the start, I had to keep listening. Great strong characters, all places and stories so well described and told that I could picture all clearly in my mind. Sisters relationship perfectly written. I can't wait for Dervla's next audible book! Soon please!!

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Engrossing!

Listened to it all in one go. Becoming a signature of Dervlas writing. Highly recommend it!

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Well written and a great pre-quel

This has wetted the appetite for this author. Very enjoyable and the story had legs so a shame it ended so soon. But if this is anything to go by, I shall enjoy The Ruin.

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Lean, light, literature

I liked the characters, the interrelationships and as individuals. I enjoyed touches of humour. I especially liked that it wasn't sensational, nor was it hard work. It was a nice listen when I was looking for a little entertainment.

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Really enjoyed - wish it was longer

I really enjoyed this quick story. Just wish it was longer! Need the follow up now I highly recommend

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BRILLIANT STORYLINE

Loved how the book was written my only compliant is that it wasn't longer enough

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Hooked from the start

The only complaint is that it ended too quickly. Can't wait to get started on this series. Book 1 is already in my library!

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  • C. E. Pitchford
  • 09-09-19

Look forward to hearing more from this author

Truth is- I am old and although a former English teacher and librarian, I don’t listen to the fine/uplifting literature others read/listen to. I like suspense and mysteries. This is the FIRST monthly freebie from Audible I have liked. It’s a good story (although, like any short story, it ties things up way too simply. Afric’s story isn’t complete. But the reader was great and I’d listen to more by the author or the reader.

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  • Robert Bolin
  • 16-09-19

Very good story and I look forward to reading more

I love the choice of an Irish narrator for an Irish writer's story set in Ireland. it lent an air of authenticity when listening. I'm very interested in reading more about these two great characters and hopes the author returns to both of them in the future.

Also, I'm no SJW but did *not* find the male characterizations so over the top as some did. cops everywhere tend to be an old boys club group. But even in that regards there were two, possibly three, male characters (not counting the defendant) who were not antagonizing or patronizing, but legitimate allies to the sisters.

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  • Yoxa
  • 07-09-19

A good listen

I am more likely to listen to non-fiction, but I enjoyed The Sisters. It was a good yarn read by a great narrator. As well as the action of the story, I liked the details that paint a picture of life in Dublin ... setting the scene without stalling the story. As a bonus, it was the perfect length for my car trip!

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  • mimi
  • 07-09-19

simple but intriguing murder mystery.

well developed characters but simple story.
would love to have it be a longer story.

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  • April B.
  • 07-09-19

Excellent story.

I was actually delighted and surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I couldn’t stop listening and finished it all in one sitting. Great character development, great storyline, narration was well done. I enjoyed the dialogue throughout. I highly recommend this. Perfect length for a road trip.

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  • ResearchHound
  • 07-09-19

Lags then takes off

I wanted to shut this off. The narrator was terrible with male voices. The intro dragged on. Then once the case began it got interesting. It would have been far better with two narrators. The male parts were OTT falsely masculine and the girls a bit too flowery as if every girl was a damsel in distress. With better narration, this would have gotten a better review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-19

The Sisters

I enjoyed this story it was good and the narration was beautifully done. I Loved it.

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  • Shawna Godsy
  • 08-09-19

Fast Plot

The story was good, would have been better if it had been longer and we learned more about each character. It was solved too fast and didn't really have as many twists and turns as I like. Th narration was good and I loved her accent!!

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  • Samantha
  • 07-09-19

you should listen

I very much liked this book. I will be getting more from this author. The narrator did a great job.

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  • Camille
  • 06-09-19

Better than I expected!

Great story, very well performed. Keeps you listening until the end, to discover the answer to the mystery.

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