#BookReview: 47 Seconds by Jane Ryan @RyanerWriter @PoolbegBooks #47Seconds #crimefiction #IrishFiction #IrishAuthor
Book length - 374 pages
Publisher - Poolbeg Press
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I want to thank Caroline from poolbeg.com for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
I HEREBY SOLEMNLY AND SINCERELY DECLARE BEFORE GOD THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF A MEMBER OF THE GARDA SÍOCHÁNA . . .
Detective Garda Bridget Harney’s obsession with Séan Flannery began when he claimed his assault on an underage victim was consensual.
WITH FAIRNESS, INTEGRITY, REGARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, DILIGENCE AND IMPARTIALITY . .
But the case against him fell apart. Bridget realises no rules hinder Flannery, so why should they hinder her?
UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAW AND ACCORDING EQUAL RESPECT TO ALL PEOPLE . . .
When a severed arm is found in a pig carcass in Dublin docks, her instincts tell her Flannery is involved. Her colleagues say there is no evidence. But Bridget refuses to let Flannery slip further into the darkness.
After devouring 47 SECONDS by Jane Ryan in one sitting, it is safe to say that fiction needs to make room for another master of crime fiction. Gritty, emotional, and utterly enthralling from start to finish, this book left nothing to chance and completely blew me away and desperate for the sequel!
Detective Garda Bridget Harney has had to prove herself among her peers because not only is she a woman but she is also a judge's daughter and a qualified solicitor herself. So what if she likes to keep things to herself and go it alone in cases, with the exception of her partner and best friend Kay? Those in power can just put up with it because Bridget knows she is good at her job and she has enough on her plate with her family situation to worry about connecting with her fellow Gardaí.
And when a severed arm is found in a container in Dublin Port, Bridget's senses are telling her this has Sean Flannery's paws all over it but proving it is another matter altogether. But as Bridget digs deeper and there appear to be links to another crime involving a wealthy family, how far will she go to get her man?
I thoroughly enjoyed the police procedural element of this novel as it really opened my eyes to the amount of technical work that goes hand in hand with being a Garda in Ireland, while also showing its flaws and frustrations. The characters are brimming with depth and substance, and while I didn't always agree with Bridget, I could understand her motivation to do the things she does, and my heart broke for her as she tended to her mum who has dementia. Kay is the friend we would be lucky to have and hope to be like, Bridget's confidante and conscience all rolled into one and their relationship made it easy to connect with them both as characters.
47 SECONDS by Jane Ryan has a rough, steely quality to it as the seedier side of the Emerald Isle claws through and my heart raced as Bridget and her fellow officers dug deeper and deeper to get to the truth.
Fresh, compelling, and a force to be reckoned with, 47 SECONDS by Jane Ryan is one of my favourite crime fiction reads this year and I look forward to many more from this talented author.
Jane Ryan’s short stories are published online and in print. She was short-listed for the Hennessy Literary Award and her most recent short story appeared in an anthology entitled Strange Love Affairs. Her debut novel, 47 Seconds, came out in March 2019. Jane lives in Dublin with her husband and two sons.
For more information:
Website - ryanerwriter.blogspot.com
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