Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Book Review: Circle of Friends

Author: Maeve Binchy Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr, Leixlip Library Synopsis Big, generous-hearted Benny and the elfin Eve Malone have been best friends growing up in sleepy Knockglen. Their one thought is to get to Dublin, to university and to freedom... On their first day at University College, Dublin, the inseparable pair are thrown together with… Continue reading Book Review: Circle of Friends

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Author: Gail Honeyman Genre: Adult Fiction Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr, Leixlip Library Synopsis: Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations


Author: John Banville Genre: Adult - Mystery Reviewer: Kevin - Athy / Castledermot Library Synopsis: While spending some rest time at his fathers’ home, D.I. St John Strafford is directed to attend the horrific murder of Ballyglass parish priest Tom Lawless; whose body was found at the home of the once influential family of Ballyglass; The Osborne’s. Not only… Continue reading Snow

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The Girl From Widow Hills

Author: Megan Miranda Reviewed by: Aoife, Newbridge library Genre: Adult Fiction Synopsis Everyone knows the story of the girl from Widow Hills ...When Arden Maynor was six years old, she was swept away in a terrifying storm and went missing for days. Against all odds, she was found alive, clinging to a storm drain. Fame… Continue reading The Girl From Widow Hills

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Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Author: Sara Baume Genre: Adult Contemporary Fiction Review: by Orla O’ Brien, Kildare Town Library Synopsis A misfit man finds a misfit dog. Ray, aged fifty-seven, ‘too old for starting over, too young for giving up’, and One Eye, a vicious little bugger, smaller than expected, a good ratter. Both are accustomed to being alone, unloved, outcast –… Continue reading Spill Simmer Falter Wither

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The Pull of the Stars

Author: Emma Donoghue Genre: Adult Fiction- Historical Fiction Review by: Mary, Newbridge Library Synopsis: In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two… Continue reading The Pull of the Stars

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The End of Her

Author: Shari LapenaGenre: Adult FictionReviewer: Kevin Athy / Castledermot Library Synopsis: It starts with a shocking accusation . . . Stephanie and Patrick are recently married, with new-born twins. While Stephanie struggles with the disorienting effects of sleep deprivation, there's one thing she knows for certain - she has everything she ever wanted.Then a woman… Continue reading The End of Her

Adult Fiction

Wolf Hall

Review by: Jan Maher, Castledermot Library Author: Hilary Mantel Genre:  Adult fiction, extensively based on historical accounts Synopsis: England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes… Continue reading Wolf Hall

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Author: Colum Genre: Adult Fiction- with elements of non-fiction Review by: Emma, Leixlip Library ★★★★ Synopsis: Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar,… Continue reading Apeirogon

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

The Glorious Guinness Girls

Author: Emily Hourican Genre: Adult Fiction Review by: Emma, Leixlip Library ★★★ Synopsis: Three sisters, one shared destiny. From London to Ireland during the 1920s, here is a glorious, gripping, and richly textured story that takes us to the heart of the remarkable real-life story of the Guinness Girls -- for fans of Downton Abbey and Julian Fellowes'… Continue reading The Glorious Guinness Girls