One cold spring morning in County Cork, two fishermen find a bundle of rags floating in the Blackwater River. It is the bloated body of Father Heaney. His hands and feet are bound, and his neck bears the marks of garrotting wire. Worse still, he has been castrated.
When a second priest is found murdered, his body bruised and beaten and the same savage wound hidden beneath his soutane, Detective Inspector Katie Maguire finds evidence of a sinister cover-up at St Joseph's Orphanage. But the Catholic diocese still wields considerable power here, and the Garda are under pressure to close the case.
Katie has to work alone if she is to catch the killer in time - but first she must shatter a wall of silence that for decades has hidden a terrible secret. A secret that is beyond belief...
©2012 Graham Masterton (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
This story is gripping and very timely. I truly enjoyed listening. Narrator did an excellent job.
Interesting to consider that this or something similar may have happened to impoverished orphans in institutions years ago, well, not that long ago.
Stories about the Catholic clergy, the secrecy, the cover-ups, are very timely.
The fact that it takes place in Ireland, where so many are Catholic, was very interesting and made it more believable.
Narrator did a credible job of both Irish and American accents.
My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!
This series is fantastic. I have enjoyed listening to the first two novels and am anxiously awaiting the third. Caroline Lennon is my favourite female narrator by far.
Kate Maquire continues her story in this book and its great to travel with her as she solves another confounding mystery. Graham Masterons imagination is definately gory and most definately in parts gross but at the same time I wanted to know what and who were behind those masks. The effort that he puts into every death is truly amazing and horrifying and the next death worse than the last it can make the jaw drop in horror!
12 n \\\\ Born and grew up in Scotland. No species of book I do not love. Favorite genre History, thrillers, biography, memoirs etc
TONE DOWN the torture scenes and the sexual scenes, I don't need to share the feelings of a a vulnerable young woman being slowly and horribly tortured in minute detail. The sexual scenes are almost clinical certainly NOT sensual or romantic
I would have to look under the S and M category.
It is well written with clearly defined characters. Good background and without the S&M
a good book.
I bought the first book in this series and was so impressed by the strong writing and characters that I bought the second "Broken Angels" I did this in the belief that such a good author would not make the same mistakes twice. I was wrong.
I am returning the second one, first bad choice was mine, the second bad choice is Audible's
"Woe betide you Catholic Priests for your sins"
Exciting, tense, gruesome
It was such a brave account about what so many, that have been at the mercy of Catholic Church education and other facilities in Ireland, must feel and how they might fantasise what they might do if they go the chance. This story is taking it all the way to the bitter gruesome end, a little far fetched, but the imagination is captivating.
Katie MaGuire of course, but all of the Characters she captures so well.
Horror at times, as you are supposed to with this storyline, and sometimes impatience because the scenes with Katie and John were too descriptive and long winded for me at times.
I love Graham Masterson's innovative story lines, the intermingling of plots and provocations too. Although, perhaps a little too imaginative for little old Ireland, our serial killers are not usually so sensational.
"he smashed it again"
love the silky tones of Caroline Lennon and Katie McGuire sounds like she is a sexy lady. home run Mr Masterton
"Gripping and Gruesome"
Great narration, and a storyline that kept me gripped to the end.
Unfortunately I think it will be the graphically described torture that will stay with me, although it was the likeable characters and sense of humour that made the book so enjoyable.
Her Irish accent.
A good listen. Some of the gruesome bits were a little too grisly for my taste.
"Topical plot with grisly scenes"
Interesting storyline with rather too much detail of retribution.excellent performance..mesmerising voice..overall an interesting experience with tension and anticipation...
"What they took could not be returned."
The Catholic church is the next victim come victimizer in this story. The church has exposed itself to these fictional treatment by having concealed, lied and protected the guilty, and now are an easy target, for the worst kind of fictional retribution; again the emphasis is on truly explicit scenes that are presented in detail, nothing is suggested, you get the full on gore and on the other hand you are also given explisit sessuality with exquisite clinical detailed that if not titillating is at least very descriptive.
So if you are easily offended I would not enter Masterton territory, he is very good at setting up a stories within stories and creating likeable characters to follow and nasty ones to move and link the plot, there is some stretching of credulity but it is forgivable because in the end it keeps you interested.
Not for everyone but very good R rated entertainment that keeps you interested with a very good heroine.
Caroline Lennon is a fantastic reader, she acts every scene and her accents are such a complement to the story, she has made this books come alive and nearly impossible to stop listening.
Really enjoyed it' can't wait for the next book in the series I'm going to take at least two to Jamaica with me sun sea and a brilliant book. Narrator is excellent the Irish accent is good one very convincing. Brilliant series 5 stars
"Too near the Truth"
So very real
Kate Maguire Book 1. This is a fascinating seriesand one feels one is there
No. Her performance was excellent and her ability to separate the charaters was great.
The last few words
At times I thought I must have strayed into an Edgar Alan Poe story- it was so terrifying but one had to listen all the way through. It is so topical and one finds that one believes it has happened in real life
"A good start but a real let down."
I heard an interview with this writer so decided to buy however I think his work was badly written, levels of detail regarding descriptions of torture were overly detailed and the characters blurred with lack of personality. I felt dialogue was 'stage Irish' and yet missed the uniqueness of the setting. It's a kind of adult version of an Enid Blyton book.. I was playing in the car returning from long journey and my husband heard last hour or so and asked was it a comedy.
Again I'd say concept interesting but it got repetitive and then meandered through to the end.
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