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The Woman at 72 Derry Lane

By: Carmel Harrington
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
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Publisher's Summary

On a leafy suburban street in Dublin, beautiful, poised Stella Greene lives with her successful husband, Matt. They're the perfect couple in every way, and Stella appears to have it all. Next door, at number 72, however, lives Rea Brady. Gruff, bad tempered and rarely seen besides the twitching of her net curtains, rumour has it she's lost it all...including her marbles, if you believe the neighbourhood gossip.

But appearances can be deceiving, and when Stella and Rea's worlds collide they realise they have much in common. Both are trapped in prisons of their own making.

Has help been next door without them realising it?

With the warmth and wit of Maeve Binchy and the secrets and twists of Liane Moriarty, this is the utterly original and compelling new novel from Irish Times best seller Carmel Harrington.

©2017 Carmel Harrington (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

'A wonderfully, life-affirming book… Carmel Harrington writes with such honesty.' ( New York Times best-selling author Hazel Gaynor)
'Will make you see life in a different way.' ( Woman's Way)
'Heartwrenching and heartwarming.' ( Evening Herald)
'Guaranteed to brighten your day.' ( Novelicious)
'Carmel Harrington has done it again! Brilliantly written…it surpasses all expectations.' ( Chicklit Club)

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Heartbreaking

This story was not what I was expecting at all. It was tragic and heartbreaking. I feel the listener should know that this book is about the Boxing Day tsunami, before making a decision to listen to it. There was nothing in the blurb or Sample to suggest this and despite my 5 star review, perhaps I wouldn't have chosen to listen to it if I knew. Can't stop thinking about the tsunami now... 😢

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Loved it!

Fantastic narrator, great story. Would recommend it if you enjoy a true to life drama.

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Great Read

I really enjoyed this book. I have loved many books that Aoife McMahon narrates! The story line was great as was the performance.

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Great storyline

Loved this read, Storyline kept me interested. A good mix of happy & sad!
Also love Aoife McMahon narrating, easy to listen to😊

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An absolute cracker - quite beautiful

I had been looking for more books narrated by Aoife McMahon when I found this one. I really wasn't sure about it, but it was absolutely brilliant. I didn't wasn't it to end. I won't give anything away. It was brilliantly written, so believable. I shall always remember Boxing Day 2004 and that horrendous Tsunami. Living here in Australia we got the news earlier than Europe. Carmel Harrington covered it so well.

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Enjoyable but predictable

Enjoyed every moment even though it became more and more predictable as it progressed.

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What a beautiful story

And the narration was absolutely brilliant! (With the exception of the Aussie accents - which nobody except an Australian should do 🤦🏻‍♀️)
Probably predictable for some but just such a lovely book!!!!

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Absolutely Captivating

Throughout every chapter, my heart was racing, and I got chills and goosebumps in equal measure. It was like I was there in every scene

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Aftermath

This was actually one of the most tedious stories I’ve ever endured. If I wasn’t listening to it in a car with other passengers, I would have abandoned it.
The interesting, tragic recounting of the terrible Boxing Day tsunami is horrific.
If the fact that Skye and Stella are one and the same is supposed to be a surprise; well we guessed that immediately.
The excess adjectives read like a school composition.
The narrator is good.
The background facts of the tragedy are so sad.
The story is quite drawn out and not very credible.

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Very good story.

The story is great and beautifully performed by those reading it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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