Twisted River: A Novel

Twisted River: A Novel

by Siobhan MacDonald

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A gripping debut psychological thriller for fans of The Silent Wife and The Wicked Girls about two families in crisis and a holiday house swap gone terribly wrong
“She would never have fit as neatly into the trunk of his own car.” Limerick, Ireland: the O’Brien family’s driveway. American Oscar Harvey opens the trunk of his hosts’ car and finds the body of a woman, beaten and bloody. But let’s start at the beginning.
Kate and Mannix O’Brien live by Curragower Falls in Limerick, in a lovely house they can barely afford. Their son Fergus is bullied at school, and their daughter Izzy blames herself, wishing she could protect him. Kate decides that her family needs a vacation, and is convinced her luck’s about to change when she spots a gorgeous Manhattan apartment on a home-exchange website.
Hazel and Oscar Harvey and their two children live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Though they seem successful and happy, Hazel has mysterious bruises, and Oscar is hiding things about his dental practice. They, too, need a change of pace. Hazel has always wanted her children to see her native Limerick, and the house swap offers a perfect chance to soothe two troubled marriages. But this will be anything but a perfect vacation. And the body in the trunk is just the beginning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101991947
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 865,675
File size: 826 KB

About the Author

Siobhan MacDonald was born in Cork in the Republic of Ireland. She studied in Galway and worked as a writer in the technology industry in Scotland for ten years, then in France, before returning to Ireland. She now lives in Limerick with her husband and two sons.

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Twisted River: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
READAHOLIC-ZONE1 More than 1 year ago
Originally posted @ What a mind blowing read! Siobhan MacDonald takes you on this crazy ride of a story. I am not a reader who tries to guess what will happen next I am just there for the journey. The book is written in extremely creative prose were all that is given to the reader is minute details regarding certain aspects happening in the story (I’m not going to give any away) it is such an amazing style unlike I have ever read before. The characters are fabulously developed. I either liked or detested them. As a reader, you will get livid at circumstances during others you feel sorrow, underneath there's always a situation smoldering. “She looked at him now. At his sheepish expression, looking for solace. In that moment, she wanted to hurt him. Really, really badly. She wanted to reach inside herself and scoop out all the hurt and heartache and drive it deep inside him, twisting and turning it until the pain of it choked him.” It is a wicked stimulating thriller amid events going awry. The reader is misguided with what is truly occurring showing you not to assume things about others without having all the information. Therefore, good luck trying to figure out what is to occur subsequently. I felt as if I could feel the gloominess hanging over the town of Limerick. This book keeps you on your toes with its power-fullness and twisted intrigue. The only thing that I did not like is the ending, that is not how the process would have been handled & it leads you to know what is going to occur next (the only part of the book that this happens). Twisted River is a fun read.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Kate and Mannix O’Brien live in Limerick, Ireland. Their family is under pressure with their autistic son being bullied and their daughter trying to help him and being mad at her parents for not doing anything. At the same time there is Hazel and Oscar Harvey in Manhattan. They need a vacation too so they list their house on a house swap website for a vacation. When Hazel see’s Kate’s house she is very excited since she wants to show her kids where she grew up. But like every family, although they may look happy and perfect on the outside the inside can be total different. Add in a little murder and the happy vacation will be short lived. I liked this mystery, especially when you start the book about a woman not fitting into a trunk. This story does have the typical cheating husband, abusive spouse, and the spouse that won’t leave. Throw in a murder and you have a great story. I admit that I didn’t really expect who the killer was, there were a couple clues that I thought I found but they were red herrings. My only complaint was that the ending fell a little flat for me. Beyond that I really liked this book. If you like good mysteries I think you should check out this book. As for me, I’m going to be keeping an eye out for other books by Siobhan MacDonald I received Twisted River for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.