Sinead Gleeson reviews “An Untamed State” by Roxane Gay, a thriller set against the backdrop of a kidnapping in Haiti (published by Grove Atlantic)
Declan Burke with a round-up of the latest crime fiction –
“Gray Mountain” by John Grisham (published by Hodder & Stoughton)
“The Hummingbird” by Kati Hiekkapelto (published by Arcadia Books)
“Gun Street Girl” by Adrian McKinty (published by Serpent’s Tail)
“Malice” by Keigo Higashino (published by Little Brown)
“Wayfaring Stranger” by James Lee Burke (published by Orion)
Having already lost his mother and only brother, twenty-four-year-old Will Boast finds himself absolutely alone when his father dies of alcoholism. Numbly settling the matters of his father's estate, Boast stumbles upon documents revealing a secret his father had intended to keep: He’d had another family before Will's—a wife and two sons in England.
Will transforms the pain and confusion of his family history into an achingly poignant portrait of resilience, revising the stories he's inherited to refashion both his past and his present. Heartbreaking and luminous, Epilogue is the stunning account of a young man’s struggle to understand all that he has lost and found, and to forge a new life for himself along the way.
The Girl on the Train is the debut novel from Paula Hawkins. Described as a modern “Rear Window”, it centres on a woman fantasising about the people living in the homes that she passes on her daily commute.
Declan Burke has been reading it for us and he also watched the first episode of Wolf Hall which aired on BBC2 last night.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is published by Doubleday.
Presenter: Seán Rocks