Blood has always been thicker than water for two Northern Irish brothers caught in the Belfast foster system, but a debt of past violence will be paid not just by them but also by those they left behind.
Ciaran Devine, who made Belfast headlines seven years ago as the "schoolboy killer", is about to walk free. At the age of 12, he confessed to the brutal murder of his foster father; his testimony mitigated the sentence of his older brother, Thomas, who was also found at the crime scene, covered in blood. But DCI Serena Flanagan, the only officer who could convince a young, frightened Ciaran to speak, has silently harbored doubts about his confession all this time.
Ciaran's release means several things: a long-anticipated reunion with Thomas, who still wields a dangerous influence over his younger brother; the call to action of a man bent on revenge for his father's death; and major trouble for Ciaran's assigned probation officer. Meanwhile, Serena Flanagan has just returned to the force from her battle with breast cancer, only to endure the pitying looks of her coworkers and a mountain of open case files. She will soon discover that even closed cases can unleash terror on the streets of Belfast.
©2015 Stuart Neville (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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"Worth the wait!!"
Stuart Neville's Ghosts of Belfast introduced me to Celtic Noir. It was my "gateway drug" to brilliant suspense writers like Adrian McKinty, Tana French and Stuart MacBride. It's been some time since his last novel was released, but this was worth the wait. At once tough and heartbreaking, he creates characters that are multi-dimensional, mysterious and engaging. The last few chapters were real white-knucklers, kept me mesmerized and holding my breath right to the end. Hope he brings back some of these characters.. Excellent!
The narrator was annoying and I almost quit before the first chapter and the book was so predictable. I always enjoyed Stuart Neville's stories and I preorder this one. Wish I haven't. I think he just had a deadline with no ideas. Not one like able character in the whole book
Voice was shrilly and she tried too hard
"Omg. Yet another trope so disappointed"
It starts out well. But. I'm getting sick and tired of women being punched for being police/psychologists or whatever.
Won't give too much away but this fits at least one of the below tropes: THE MOST UNNECESSARY TROPE EVER! In all likelihood our protagonist will be saved by a man. Often by the man that didn't believe/like her at first.
1. So she's a police but doesn't close the window by the fire escape? Abducted!
2. So, she's a psychologist and profiler with a great track record but even when her own theory suggests the crazy guy might look for someone JUST like her she fails to see it. Abducted!
3. So, she's a police who care about the juveniles she has to put in prison. Punishment: attacked in her home and husband questioning her job. "We need to think about the children".
4. So, she's known for being a brilliant police but is still questioned every step of the way. Ends up doing a secret investigation and putting her self in danger. Threatened by gun/knife/other weapon. Possibly almost killed.
Please, can someone give advice on crime/triller novels where women are allowed to be brilliant and be punished for it...
"I didn't read the reviews."
I should have read the reviews, but it was a recommended choice. The book was read with an Irish accent, not sure why I didn't see that one coming. but I couldn't tell which character was talking or in scene because the inflection didn't change for characters really. The book was interesting but not really. I'm a thriller fan, but this was just an odd book.
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