Friday, 28 August 2015

Closure - a book review


New novel by  David Magee


 I rarely read novels these days but once I started this one I was compelled to keep turning the pages – there are 430 of them. After the first few chapters it was clear that there were going to be many unexpected twists to this tale: a tale expertly crafted to keep the reader ensnared. Obviously the local content was of special interest to me but I think even for strangers to Northern Ireland this would be intriguing – as a detective story/murder mystery.  The characters were all well developed and all quite believable.


The author clearly has much personal knowledge of the intricacies of the ‘troubles’ – of the convoluted interconnection of terrorists, criminals, police intelligence and government bodies. While this is not the purpose or focus of the storyline the Northern Irish reader will not miss the relevance of reference to an underworld that still exists: a world where the media, to this very day, can only venture into when given the nod from above.