Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Carmel Harrington

On a leafy suburan street in Dublin, beautiful, poised Stella Greene lives with her successful husband, Matt. The perfect couple in every way, Stella appears to have it all.
However at number 72 however, lives Rea Brady. Gruff, bad-tempered and rarely seen besides the twitching of her net curtains, rumour has it she’s lost it all…including her marbles if you believe the neighbourhood gossip.
But appearances can be deceiving and when Stella and Rea’s worlds collide they realise they have much in common. Both are trapped in a prison of their own making.
Has help been next door without them realising it?

This is my first read with this author and I wasn't disappointed. This book provoked all kinds of emotion in me. I laughed at the Irish humour, I was angry at  how some people have to live and I cried at the very sad parts of the story. The book tackles domestic abuse,agoraphobia and a live changing disaster. 
My favourite character was Sky,I was amazed at the strength and compassion she found when she needed it. Rea's story was sad but fixable and only she knew how to fix it. My heart went out to Stella and I willed her to stand up for herself. Charlie was hilarious, kind,lovable and an asset to anyone's life. Matt? Well the less said about him the better although I would have liked to have known a bit more about his back story.

My only complaint would be that the author seemed to think that sixty was old ! How very dare she! 
I must say she made me feel old when she described Rea at sixty, but I'll give her that that might have just been because of Rea's problems. 
I enjoyed this story, couldn't put it down and shed tears,what more can you ask from a book? 

Out now for kindle or paperback.

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