An Irish Novel of Suspense and Romance
When Maddy Byrne finds a confused and frightened stranger in her barn, all she wants to do is help. But Maddy is a survivor of an abusive marriage. Can she really trust her instincts?
As for the man, his last recollections are of running for his life.
With the support of Maddy and her friends, he finds a home in the small Irish town of Cairnbán. As time passes, and his relationship with Maddy deepens, his memories start to return. Through small recollections and nightmares, he begins to build a picture of the man he once was.
But when he finally remembers, he might wish he could forget.
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Grief is difficult enough when it is pure and simple; it is even more difficult when it is tainted by guilt.
Fey O’Brien has been in love with Alec Cusack, a farmer and fisherman, from the moment she moved to the coastal village of Port Dubh. She was in love with him long before her husband died – so much so that she paid no heed to the rumours. Maybe Alec’s father killed his mother and then himself; that is, after all, what the inquest decided. Or could what the locals say be true: did Alec Cusack kill at least one of his parents?
After the death of Alec’s wife, suspicion follows Alec once again. Fey embarks on a trip to Ewes’ Rest, the island where Alec’s parents met their deaths. Will her time on the island finally reveal the truth? Or will it bring new and unexpected dangers her way?
Vivienne is thirty-one, pregnant, and terrified. In order to come to terms with her fears, she must finally acknowledge a childhood she has tried to forget.
Watching Them follows Vivienne on a journey through memory. She recalls childhood, school days and sleepovers. She recalls first loves and romantic experiences. She recalls college years, nights out, good friends and bad. She recalls the beauty of Carina, and the greatest moments of Carina’s life.
But in each of Vivienne’s memories, a shadow is lurking.
Why must she pretend that Carina is her cousin?
Why must she never go into the bungalow across the lake?
And why does she constantly lie to Carina, when Vivienne knows that with just one word of honesty, she could end Carina’s horror forever?
Watching Them is a story of growing up in a family with dark secrets. It’s a story of lives lived under the shadow of sexual abuse. It’s a story told through the eyes of Vivienne, a narrator who may never be ready to tell us the truth.
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