Book Review: Holding, by Graham Norton

Book Review Holding Graham NortonThis book has more than one surprisingly plot twist that makes it hard to leave down.

Book Review Holding Graham NortonBook Blurb

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of­ two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn’t always felt that her life was a total waste.

So when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke – a former­ love of both Brid and Evelyn – the village’s dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated PJ struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community’s worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

Darkly comic, touching and at times profoundly sad. Graham Norton employs his acerbic wit to breathe life into a host of loveable characters, and explore – with searing honesty – the complexities and contradictions that make us human.

Graham Norton’s masterful debut is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss.

Book Review Holding Graham NortonBook Review

In the little village of Duneen, everything changes when builders discovered human bones in one of the farms. Locals spread rumours about who the victim might be but it is up to the local garda sergeant PJ Colins to investigate the case.

The people of Duneen have their dark secrets that have been discovered one by one after the mystery was uncovered. Something bad had happened years ago and sergeant PJ Collins is on the way to find out.

The story is getting even more complicated when the person who is believed to be found deadBook Review Holding Graham Norton was part of a love triangle. 20 years later these people are questioned about the murder, but who is telling the truth and who is lying? It’s not easy to say for the local policeman.

At the one side of the story there is one of the 3 Ross girls. Three sisters sharing an unhappy life through the years, but still bound together closer than ever. One of them was in love with the person who is believed to be found dead but she said she wasn’t involved in his death. At the other side there is Brid, a Woman who’s addicted to drinking and who is extremely depressed about her loveless marriage. They both look innocent and denied being responsible for the death of the man they were once in love with. But what was their life 20 years ago?

Book Review Holding Graham NortonIt is a murder mystery story and if you like a good mystery, you might enjoy this one. The book was a quick read but I was always expecting a little more from it.

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