Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

The Help

Author: Kathryn Stockett Genre: Fiction Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr Branch: Leixlip Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved… Continue reading The Help

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Things My Mother Told Me

Author: Tanya Atapattu Genre: Fiction Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr Branch: Leixlip Library When Anjali finds out that Jack, her boyfriend of ten years has been cheating one her, it throws her world into chaos. Heartbroken, she fills the emptiness by embarking on a series of flings her traditional Sri Lankan mother would (mostly) disapprove of.… Continue reading Things My Mother Told Me

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Author: Leo Tolstoy Genre: Adult Fiction Reviewed by: Stephen Serving on the jury at a murder trial, Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov is devastated when he sees the prisoner - Katyusha, a young maid he seduced and abandoned years before. As Dmitri faces the consequences of his actions, he decides to give up his life of wealth… Continue reading Resurrection

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A Lost Child of Cyprus

Author: Steven Baker                                   Genre: Historical fiction.                               Reviewed by Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Branch/Headquarters                Age Range: Adult Synopsis: Born into loving family in Famagusta, Yasmin is caught up in the violence that rips her community apart. In the chaos that follows, baby Yasmin is separated from her family, never to see them again. Adopted, she is… Continue reading A Lost Child of Cyprus


The Hobbit

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr, Leixlip library A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar. Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug, and a rather unwilling… Continue reading The Hobbit

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Haven’t They Grown

Author: Sophie Hannah Review By: Kevin, Castledermot Library We often wonder how people we knew have changed over the years, this is something that Beth Leeson thought as she “got lost” on her way to her sons league game.  Years have passes since she and her husband Dom lost contact with Lewis and Flora Braid… Continue reading Haven’t They Grown

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Final Betrayal

Author: Patricia Gibney Review by: Kevin Berney, Castledermot Library When Conor Dowling is released after a 10 year sentence for a crime which he swears he didn’t commit, he just wants to to put that part of his life.  Yet, he is the prime suspect when Amy Whyte goes missing and D.I. Lottie Parker and… Continue reading Final Betrayal

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The Mirror and the Light

Author: Hilary Mantel Review by: Mary, Newbridge Library.This book is the final part in the acclaimed Wolf Hall trilogy and is set between 1536 and 1540. Having read the first two books in the trilogy, in some ways it is like meeting old friends after years of absence. We renew our acquaintance with Thomas Cromwell… Continue reading The Mirror and the Light


The Girl With the Louding Voice

Author: Abe Daré Genre: Adult fiction Reviewed by: Elaine An intense, powerful novel that will stay with the reader long after the final page has been turned. Abi Daré deftly tackles many issues such as domestic slavery and child marriage through her protagonist. While Abi Daré’s novel may be a challenging read at times due… Continue reading The Girl With the Louding Voice

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Author: Vasily Grossman Review by: James Durney, Newbridge Library When I read the review of the first ever English translation of Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman in June of last year I decided this was a must-read edition to my book collection. After some strong hints, my daughter bought it for me for Father’s Day. However,… Continue reading Stalingrad