Dervla McTiernan, Irish born, Perth based, has written a brilliant debut novel that delves into the dark underbelly of Ireland and the complicity of State and Church. In 1993 in Galway young policeman Cormac O’Reilly discovers a woman’s body in a decaying country house along with her neglected children. Twenty years on after a career as a decorated detective in Dublin he returns to Galway and is involved in the investigation into a body found in the river. A seemingly simple case is anything but and he finds himself drawn back into what really happened in that house all those years ago. An enthralling tale.