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say nothing

Author: Patrick Radden Keefe

Publisher: Doubleday

Publishing date: February 26, 2019


I thought this was a True Crime novel about the murder of a mother of ten during the Troubles. And it is, but it’s so much more. The author provides a setting and background for the tragic narrative that is chilling and disturbing, fueled by the ruthlessness on both sides of the conflict. As much as I wanted to put it down, as it struck too close to home, I just couldn’t. The most excellent writing, the attention to detail, the stitching together of this crazy blood quilt to make a coherent whole is mesmerizing. I read so few non-fiction books, not for lack of interest but for time, and this one will stand out for me for years to come.

I remember watching Northern Ireland in the 1960s explode on our black and white television, the neighborhoods with their backyards and laundry lines, the outward charm and simplicity wracked by a war zone mentality, steeped in long held hatred between families and rivals. Ostensibly the labels are Protestants and Catholics, but it was never a religious war, a war of theology, but a tribal war against the ancient invader.

The True Crime investigative aspect is most evident toward the end of the novel, as some of the IRA members begin to age and unravel, confessions and regrets accompanying the push toward peace. A fascinating story well told.

From NetGalley