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Released: October 2015
ISBN: 9781310868177
ASIN: B0155FWOYE
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THICKER THAN WATER
Author: Mary O'Sullivan
Length: Novel
Genre: Thriller
Price: $4.99

When local teenager, Keira Shannon, and her father, business man Gerard Shannon, go missing, the people of Ballyderg town unite to search for them. Rumours of domestic violence, extramarital affairs, and criminal behaviour emerge. The crisis causes families and life-long friends to doubt each other. The only certainty left is that the town has been visited by evil. Or has it? Could it be the evil one has always lived among them, sharing history, laughter and tears? If so, who could it be?

Excerpt
Maeve Crocker liked to have the radio tuned in as she worked about the house. She didn’t always pay attention to what was on, but she was concentrating now as she listened to a renewed appeal for information on the whereabouts of a missing girl. The fourth to disappear without trace in the past eighteen months. This girl was a student named Andrea McGee. Nineteen years old.

Two months ago, Andrea had caught a bus from the college in Waterford City to her native Dungarvan in the county. Witnesses and CCTV proved that she had arrived safely in the square of her home town at five fifteen in the afternoon. She then left the town on foot to walk the mile to her house on the coast road. But she had not reached home and there had been no contact from her since. A cold shiver crept down Maeve’s back. Andrea, unlike the other girls, was not a prostitute. Her fleeting thought—that the disappearance of the student was more tragic than that of the prostitutes’—filled Maeve with self-disgust. All the girls had parents, siblings, people who loved them. All had a right to be safe.

She switched off the radio, picked up her phone and keyed in her daughter’s quick dial number. It rang a few times before she heard Evelyn’s voice deliver her ‘Sorry I can’t take your call. Leave a message, please,’ recording.

“Evelyn, this is Mom. I just wanted to say hello. I know you’re busy but could you ring me back when you get a chance? Love you.”

She switched off before she said any more. Hysterical things like “Please don’t go out after six in the evening. In fact, don’t go out at all.”

She rang Kaleb then and had as little luck in contacting her son. She left a ‘ring me’ message for him too.

A quick check told her the shepherd’s pie was doing nicely in the oven. She went into the lounge and turned on the TV to catch the early evening news. A photograph of a pretty girl, dark-haired and smiling, filled the screen. Andrea McGee, the missing student. She looked so young, full of hope and promise. Maeve felt a lump of sadness in her throat. A large male hand rested on the girl’s shoulder. Who had been cut out of the picture? A boyfriend? A brother? Her father?

As Maeve moved closer to the screen to see better, a shiver of fear ran through her. She was rooted to the spot, for a fleeting moment cold and terrified as she stared at the girl’s image. The picture faded and so did the inexplicable coldness and fear, leaving Maeve to wonder if she had imagined the terrifying feeling.

What the reviewers are saying
I could in no way predict what was going to happen next and that is what I like in a book
This is an intriguing and tense read from author Mary O'Sullivan. The words of the story really make the reader feel the emotion of the dark atmosphere to the story. I was guessing who did it right up to the end. I could in no way predict what was going to happen next and that is what I like in a book. I like books too that play out in your minds-eye because the characters are so real and this is what you will find reading this book. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. ~ Nikki Bywater, Amazon

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Exciting Irish Novel
This latest release (14th October) from Mary O'Sullivan is a MUST READ! Set in a small Irish community, the lives of its citizens are exposed in one way or another when a local teenager Kiera goes missing. Events gather momentum when Kiera's father also disappears, churning up a maolstrom of issues and suspects and bedlam and chaos that draws a host of characters into the glare of unwanted attention! Just when you think you've the whole thing sussed out, the story changes direction, ending in a way that will surprise the best of ye! Go for it! A gem of a read, you won't be disappointed. There's plenty more to come from Ms. O'Sullivan, I suspect she's only warming up in her new departure into crime! I can't wait for the sequel and boy does this story have the potential to go deeper into the psyche of an unharnessed, unexplored array of modern Irish lunatics...yes, more than one...why stop now... ~ M Lynskey, Amazon

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An absolutely brilliant gripping and thrilling read
An absolutely brilliant gripping and thrilling read. Once you start reading this book the characters and the story draw you in and you will not want to stop reading until you get to the end. It is also beautifully written and makes you feel that you are in the story. I can't wait for Mary's next book. ~ Fran, Amazon

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Just the book to read on a dull, autumnal afternoon
Just the book to read on a dull, autumnal afternoon. A real page turner with a well thought out plot, believable characters and a satisfying resolution. There's nothing worse than a review which contains spoilers ... All I will say is, if you download this book you will not be disappointed. ~ Lizzie Dripping, Amazon

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This latest release from Mary O'Sullivan is a MUST READ! Set in a small Irish community, the lives of its citizens are exposed in one way or another when a local teenager Kiera goes missing. Events gather momentum when Kiera's father also disappears, churning up a maelstrom of issues and suspects and bedlam and chaos that draws a host of characters into the glare of unwanted attention! Just when you think you've the whole thing sussed out, the story changes direction, ending in a way that will surprise the best of ye! Go for it! A gem of a read, you won't be disappointed. There's plenty more to come from Ms. O'Sullivan, I suspect she's only warming up in her new departure into crime! ~ Mary Lynskey, reader.

 

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