Saturday, April 9, 2016

TWISTED RIVER Review "Incredible Read"

Penguin Books
Published March 22nd, 2016
272 pages

“She would never have fit as neatly into the trunk of his own car.” Limerick, Ireland: the O’Brien family’s driveway. American Oscar Harvey opens the trunk of his hosts’ car and finds the body of a woman, beaten and bloody. But let’s start at the beginning. 
Kate and Mannix O’Brien live by Curragower Falls in Limerick, in a lovely house they can barely afford. Their son Fergus is bullied at school, and their daughter Izzy blames herself, wishing she could protect him. Kate decides that her family needs a vacation, and is convinced her luck’s about to change when she spots an elegant Manhattan apartment on a home-exchange website.
Hazel and Oscar Harvey and their two children live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Though they seem successful and happy, Hazel has mysterious bruises, and Oscar is hiding things about his dental practice. They, too, need a change of pace. Hazel has always wanted her children to see her native Limerick, and the house swap offers a perfect chance to soothe two troubled marriages. But this will be anything but a perfect vacation. And the body in the trunk is just the beginning.

What a mind blowing read! Siobhan MacDonald takes you on this crazy ride of a story. I am not a reader who tries to guess what will happen next I am just there for the journey. The book is written in extremely creative prose were all that is given to the reader is minute details regarding certain aspects happening in the story (I’m not going to give any away) it is such an amazing style unlike I have ever read before. The characters are fabulously developed. I either liked or detested them. As a reader, you will get livid at circumstances during others you feel sorrow, underneath there's always a situation smoldering.

“She looked at him now. At his sheepish expression, looking for solace. In that moment, she wanted to hurt him. Really, really badly. She wanted to reach inside herself and scoop out all the hurt and heartache and drive it deep inside him, twisting and turning it until the pain of it choked him.”

It is a wicked stimulating thriller amid events going awry. The reader is misguided with what is truly occurring showing you not to assume things about others without having all the information. Therefore, good luck trying to figure out what is to occur subsequently. I felt as if I could feel the gloominess hanging over the town of Limerick. This book keeps you on your toes with its power-fullness and twisted intrigue. The only thing that I did not like is the ending, that is not how the process would have been handled & it leads you to know what is going to occur next (the only part of the book that this happens). Twisted River is a fun read.


Siobhán studied in Galway and pursued a successful career as a writer in the technology industry, working in Scotland, France & Ireland. Her interests turned to fiction and she has just published her first novel in the US & Canada with Viking Penguin. Siobhan lives in Limerick with her husband and two sons.

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