The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan


EXCERPT: It was so cold now. He was vaguely aware that he’d started to shiver again. How long would it take the others to arrive? He should call in. He searched his pockets for his phone, didn’t find it. An image of the phone propped up on the central console of the police car presented itself to him. He’d left it there. Oh Christ. Peter swallowed against a wave of nausea. He wasn’t going to puke here, not at the scene, where the contents of his stomach could be later dissected in a forensics report. The helicopter made another pass but showed no signs of coming in to land. He needed to call in. He should get his phone. Peter turned and looked back into (the) car. When if he’d been wrong? What if he’d missed a weak pulse? Peter leaned into the car, placed his fingers at (his) neck, then his wrist. Nothing. Nothing but cold, inert flesh, and fingers that came away sticky with blood.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Police corruption, an investigation that ends in tragedy and the mystery of a little girl’s silence – three unconnected things that will prove to be linked by one small town.

While Detective Cormac Reilly faces enemies at work and trouble in his personal life, Garda Peter Fisher is relocated out of Galway with the threat of prosecution hanging over his head. But even that is not as terrible as having to work for his overbearing father, the local copper for the pretty seaside town of Roundstone.

For some, like Anna and her young daughter Tilly, Roundstone is a refuge from trauma. But even this village on the edge of the sea isn’t far enough to escape from the shadows of evil men.

MY THOUGHTS: I took a while to really get into The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan. It may possibly be because this is book three in a series of which I haven’t read either of the two previous titles.

There are several separate threads-a mother whose young daughter hasn’t spoken for three months; the violent abduction of another young girl; the suspension of Cormac Reilly and the banishment of officers who support him.

While the threads initially appear unconnected, they gradually come together to weave an intricate plot of police corruption that spills over into other cases that crop up in the course of the book.

My favourite thread was that concerning Garda Peter Fisher’s grandmother and the family doctor.

There was an interesting blend of very believable characters, and a great variety of cases. The main character, Cormac Reilly, has a great talent for pissing people off, particularly his superiors. Garda Peter Fisher has a sharp mind and a kind heart. I hope that Anna and Tilly will feature in future story lines.

I have developed quite a taste for Cormac. This was an enjoyable read that has me determined to read the earlier two titles and any further titles that are published in the future.


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THE AUTHOR: Dervla McTiernan 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 twelve years. Following the global financial crisis she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now works for the Mental Health commission. In 2015 she submitted a story for the Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto competition and was shortlisted. This inspired her to complete the novel that would become The Rúin. She lives in Perth with her husband and two children. (Courtesy of Harper Collins)

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harper Collins Australia for providing a digital ARC of The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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