And in the beginning there was Belfast
Belfast, Northern Ireland, has seen its fair share of troubles. This story, set in the backstreets of Belfast, is a tense, dark psychological thriller that poses the question whether, Martin Leonard, an ordinary man, from an ordinary background, can in fact be a serial killer.
The story is told from different perspectives and on different time-lines, and as the narrative develops, the ordinariness of the main character is chilling and captivating. Told in a restrained, measured fashion, this multi-layered story weaves deftly back and forth to hold the reader’s attention throughout. The first-person point-of-view of the psychiatric interviews and Maisie/Margaret’s opening witness statement, the clear characterisation, the gritty backstreet settings and the nicely paced evocation of Martin’s increasing sense of his own “apartness” are all brilliantly captured and make this a novel that cannot be ignored.
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