FAMILIES STEEPED IN CRUELTY AND BETRAYAL
A COUNTRY TORN BY SECTARIANISM
In 1950s Northern Ireland, two families are connected by a history steeped in secrecy, violence and betrayal.
Ruby and Victor Crozier are Protestants, with one daughter, Fen, still at home. When Victor forces Fen out of school and into work in a linen mill, she begins to learn about the darkness in her family’s history.
Rose and Dermot Quinn are Roman Catholics and parents of fifteen children. Their eldest son, John Joe, has just come home from England where he works and sends home much needed money.
When Fen and John Joe unwittingly witness an atrocity, they are drawn into a web of danger emanating not only from within their own homes but also from the violent campaign for a unified Ireland.
In fear of reprisals, they each make decisions which will have far-reaching consequences and change their young lives forever.
The way the back story gradually unfolds keeps you wanting more. Great story, full characters, and well researched for life at the time..
SHADOWS OF THE PAST HANG HEAVILY ON THREE RUNAWAYS, WHO FACE THEIR GREATEST FEARS JUST WHEN THEY THOUGHT tTHEY HAD EARNED A NEW LIFE
Jilly has dark secrets and a past she wants to forget.
Tina is near the end of her life as a sex worker and frightened of the future.
Leon, her son, despises her and hates Jilly.
When Jilly is attacked by an unknown person and Tina’s pimp brutalises her, the three of them form an uneasy alliance and set out to exact revenge. Their plan goes horribly wrong and they thrown together as fugitives. Living together in close confinement, none of them trusting the others, this fragile group opens up to one another and brutally honest truths emerge.
Just when they think they have earned a new life, a violent action rips their fragile world apart.
An absorbing psychological noir drama. An intense well established plot with believable characters. Not for the faint hearted.