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I gave this book 4/5 stars for its mixture of humor, murder, and dark situations.
Right off the bat Maureen suprises an intruder in her house and kills him when she conks him on the head with her Holy Stone. This sets off a uncontrollable series of events that affects other previously unconnected people, including Maureens son, who happens to be the craziest gangster in town. The jacket states that it starts with a messy murder but the who book is filled with messy people and situations, and it is truly glorious.
You can bet with it being set in Ireland it has many Catholic themes in them. Many books like to romanticize Ireland, a gleaming emerald, but it is not so with this story. The author allows it to get gritty and dirty and violent and it’s great. There are some hardcore themes, abuse and drug dealing, and it addresses some real problems that Ireland is facing today.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK
- It had several main characters, all with their own story arc. The characters are flawed and some are unpleasant, but that is what made them so real in a way that other stories lack.
- There is an honesty to this book that is brutal when you read it. Real things about real people that can either destroy them or make them great, and they are actually struggling with the right decision to make. That to me is beautiful. Screwed up people with messed up lives make great reading, and so is the case with this book.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THIS BOOK
- It was pretty dismal. This isn’t exactly something that I personally don’t like (I kinda like stories about other peoples suffering), but if you are looking for a feel good story with a left-over fuzzy feeling, go elsewhere.
I recieved this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review and I am so glad really. I would have never picked this book up to read it on my own I don’t think, but I am so glad that I did. It was entertaining to say the least and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read about the nastiness of reality.