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Piper by Helen McCabe

This book is psychological horror at its very best with a chilling gothic twist. The atmosphere of menace is powerful throughout and the contrast between poverty stricken rural Romania and affluent urban USA is brilliantly conveyed. But evil is not particular as to where it strikes and is unstoppable throughout time. Be afraid, be very afraid!

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Faithful Place by Tana French

Tough Dublin cop Frank Mackey finds himself reluctantly back in the bosom of the family he escaped twenty years ago. As he investigates the murder of a long-dead girl, other skeletons emerge from his own cupboard ... Domestic violence, sibling rivalry, great craic surrounding a pretty good murder mystery - a rich brew, black and bitter as a pint of Guinness.

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The Old Romantic by Louise Dean

This dark comic novel pokes a stick at three generations in conflict. The observations are both humorous and poignant. I can guarantee it will make you examine your own family relationships and personal values in life.

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Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed

At times a harrowing experience but ultimately uplifting for Jama's story is one of survival, family and determination. Leaving his Somali home following the death of his mother, Jama begins his quest to find his father. Having to contend with the Italian occupation of Abyssinia in the 1930s and the dangers that come from being a young boy alone in the world, Jama's journey is a perilous one. An eye opener to the African experience of the Italian occupation and to life as a refugee.

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