The Sisters

Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Series: The Cormac Reilly Series, Book 0.5
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
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Two sisters climbing the ranks of Dublin’s criminal justice system. A murder case that could change their lives forever. The Sisters is a gripping new thriller from one of the most exciting voices in crime fiction.

In this prequel to the international best seller The Ruin, set 10 years prior, bright-eyed Carrie Ryan is at the very start of her career. When she has a hunch about an ongoing murder investigation, she knows it could be her only chance to prove herself and truly break into the “boys' club” of Dublin’s police force. 

 Carrie uncovers this make-or-break moment in a case file that her sister Aifric, a newly qualified barrister, leaves on their kitchen counter: Robert Collins has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend after a fight in a local pub. All signs point toward a guilty verdict, but both sisters quickly begin to find evidence that complicates the story. All the while, Carrie is very aware that she’s crossed the line—if the detective sergeant running the investigation finds out she’s been messing around with his case, her career will be over before it has begun. Aoife McMahon lends her authentic accent and her knowledge of the series’ characters, delivering a powerful performance that heightens the drama with every twist and turn. 

Please note: This audio contains strong language, distressing situations, and descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting. Discretion is advised.

©2019 Dervla McTiernan (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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"Wow! Yes I said, WOW! Let me tell you this was a good book, a good story, and I want to read more. Dervla McTiernan developed good characters, in a good and simple story,
that introduces you to the series. Ms. McMahon read in her lovely Irish voice and did a great job. I can't wait to get on to The Ruin."

DebbieDD, Audible Listener
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Dervla McTiernan

About the Creator

Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel, The Rúin, was a critically acclaimed international bestseller published around the world. The Rúin won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, the Davitt Award for Best Adult Fiction and the Barry Award for Best Original Paperback; and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. It was on the Amazon US Best Book of the Year list in 2018 and screen rights were snapped up by Hopscotch Features. Dervla’s second book, The Scholar, debuted into the Nielsen Bookscan Top 5 on release in 2019, and her third, The Good Turn, went straight to number 1, confirming her place as one of Australia’s best crime writers.
Born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven, Dervla practiced as a corporate lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis, she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children. An avid fan of crime and detective novels from childhood, Dervla now writes full time.
Photographed by Julia Dunin

Aoife McMahon

About the Performer

Originally from Ireland, Aoife McMahon is an actress and voice-over artist with over 100 audiobooks to her credit. She regularly tops best-seller lists and The Times’s (UK) top titles. Aoife trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has gone on to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National, Young Vic, Royal Court, and Abbey theaters as well as BBC TV and Radio, RTÉ TV (Ireland), and many others. She has won awards both for her screen and audio work. Aoife lives in London and travels regularly to Sri Lanka, where she teaches kundalini yoga and takes time out to write.

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Didn't care for how it ended

It was short and missing some action. We started with one character telling her story and her story was never finished. Instead we switch to a 2nd character whom I thought was building and potentially interesting story but gave us an anticlimactic and abrupt finish.

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Look forward to hearing more from this author

Truth is- I am old and although a former English teacher and librarian, I don’t listen to the fine/uplifting literature others read/listen to. I like suspense and mysteries. This is the FIRST monthly freebie from Audible I have liked. It’s a good story (although, like any short story, it ties things up way too simply. Afric’s story isn’t complete. But the reader was great and I’d listen to more by the author or the reader.

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OK narration, abrupt ending

As others have said, the narrator did not portray male voices very well. I also found myself checking to see if I missed any chapters somehow once the story ended since it was so abrupt. I was expecting a better resolution with the 2 sisters working together instead of staying so separate from each other.

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Fantastic Start To A Series

I had been looking at Dervla McTiernan books for a while so was thrilled to find this prequal and I have to say I found it a very good listen that would make me try the next in the series. It was a great plot, well read and skilfully crafted - the reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that at just over 3 hours it was more of a taster than a full thriller so I look forward to getting to know the sisters better in the next book

Aoife McMahon was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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Glaring inaccuracies

I thought this was extremely well-written, and very engaging, but do not understand how a book set in 2004 could be casually referencing Fifty Shades of Grey, or have characters binge watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy whilst texting each other casually. In 2004. How did this get past an editor? And make it all the way to audible?

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Too Short

Just as you get into this one it ends! Love it otherwise and would recommend.

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Disjointed with an abrupt ending

This was ultimately disappointing. The ending seemed to come out of nowhere. However Aoife McMahon's narration was superb.

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it was lacking

it wasnt bad but it seemed more like a skim of a story than an actual story. the characters weren't developed enough and the story like was good but it was too fast.

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Very good story and I look forward to reading more

I love the choice of an Irish narrator for an Irish writer's story set in Ireland. it lent an air of authenticity when listening. I'm very interested in reading more about these two great characters and hopes the author returns to both of them in the future.

Also, I'm no SJW but did *not* find the male characterizations so over the top as some did. cops everywhere tend to be an old boys club group. But even in that regards there were two, possibly three, male characters (not counting the defendant) who were not antagonizing or patronizing, but legitimate allies to the sisters.

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Missing something

The story pulled me in rather quickly, but in the end, it felt like they tried to wrap it up too soon. It begins getting you invested in Afric’s story, then switches to Carrie and pretty much leaves you hanging on Afric.

Would have been better with one more chapter

Also, I wish the author could have found some more creative interjections than using “god” and “Jesus” over and over. Many find this offensive.

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  • Miss C.
  • 09-10-19

Gripping

Brilliant book , really enjoyable with a great flow and just the right amount of intrigue.

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  • R. J. Gladden
  • 09-12-19

One word: Brilliant!

This is only a short listen but sums up the writing of Dervla McTiernan excellently. Brilliant, believable characters, I love these sisters. Clever, clever storyline. Great narration too from Aoife McMahon.

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  • Fiona B.
  • 09-10-19

Gripping, completely credible, loved it!!!

From the start, I had to keep listening. Great strong characters, all places and stories so well described and told that I could picture all clearly in my mind. Sisters relationship perfectly written. I can't wait for Dervla's next audible book! Soon please!!

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  • Odharnait
  • 09-09-19

Engrossing!

Listened to it all in one go. Becoming a signature of Dervlas writing. Highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-19

Well written and a great pre-quel

This has wetted the appetite for this author. Very enjoyable and the story had legs so a shame it ended so soon. But if this is anything to go by, I shall enjoy The Ruin.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-19

Lean, light, literature

I liked the characters, the interrelationships and as individuals. I enjoyed touches of humour. I especially liked that it wasn't sensational, nor was it hard work. It was a nice listen when I was looking for a little entertainment.

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  • Gary B.
  • 10-08-19

I liked this enough to immediately buy Book 1

Simple story that was enhanced by being set in Dublin. A bit straight forward but I liked the relationships within the story and the development of the characters. I think it's worth your time. It won't change your world but it will take you on a journey and offers an acceptable denouement.

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  • Murder Mystery Thriller Fan
  • 10-07-19

Really Enjoyable Whodunnit

I had been looking at Dervla McTiernan books for a while so was thrilled to find this prequal and I have to say I found it a very good listen that would make me try the next in the series. It was a great plot, well read and skilfully crafted - the reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that at just over 3 hours it was more of a taster than a full thriller so I look forward to getting to know the sisters better in the next book

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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 09-30-19

An intriguing start to a series

Not having read or listened to the Ruin books, I was unsure of what to expect when I decided to buy this audiobook. it was excellent, even in its compactness, the story coming alive through the experiences of two different sisters who are united in their quest for justice. I am altogether intrigued about what the series proper holds in store for me. Very good narration, and a great book altogether!

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  • Sarah
  • 09-22-19

Good book, but rushed ending

I was really enjoying this book, especially as it was a free download, but was very disappointed with the end. It felt as if the book was just getting going, and then the author remembered it was only supposed to be 3 hours long, so ended it abruptly. I also felt the music that was played at the end was just odd.

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  • Hannah
  • 09-10-19

Robbed of ending

A beautiful performance and story but I feel so robbed of the ending! Felt very rushed at the end. I would’ve liked more thriller chapters!

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  • Anna Saboisky
  • 09-08-19

Short listen

I’m a big Dervla fan, and I was waiting for this to get going when it ended!

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  • Sunny
  • 09-11-19

Waiting for the next instalment

I enjoyed this teaser and am looking forward to the next instalment in this series. I have to add that I would happily listen to Aoife McMahon reading the phone book to me. I have enjoyed several of her audio books which, I am sure, are enhanced by her fabulous narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-20

BRILLIANT SHORT STORY

Woohoo congratulations what a short story many more to come well read very enjoyable thank you 🙏💐

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  • SG
  • 11-09-19

good road trip book

good flowing story, characters could be a little more developed. Ended a bit abruptly, but very gripping second half.

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  • Heather
  • 09-10-19

Excellent short read

I really enjoyed this, Aofie's Irish accent is lovely, the story was a little too short, I would have loved more. I think 'The Ruin' will be my next listen.

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  • Marian
  • 09-08-19

Great background to the Ruin.

Enjoyable and gripping read. Well written, flows easily and builds suspense. Liked listening to the audiobook.

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  • Pamela M.J.
  • 09-09-19

A great story well-told

One sister is a barrister, the other a guarda. They have different perspectives, different skills, but together they make a great team. I wanted to cheer them on. Keep going girls!

This is a super novella and Aoife McMahon is the perfect narrator for Dervla McTiernan. More like this one, please Ms McTiernan.

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  • Justine
  • 10-19-19

Rushed ending

I enjoyed the story but it felt like it should have only been about half way through when suddenly it was all wrapped up. The ending was disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-19

Boring, boring, boring

Boring, boring, boring, boring, boring. The narrator is the same lady from Sally Rooney's Normal People therefore her accent reminds me of the characters from that book.

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