So I stayed up late finishing it as I could tell it was going to end badly for some.."Noli respicere post tergum" says Mother Aquinas.." Do not look back"..
It was a riveting book in so many ways for me..first I continually marvel that my great Uncle Patrick and family lived in that part of Cork at that exact time..well Uncle Patrick died in 1907, his son in 1913 and his wife and daughter in 1921 but his granddaughters were still living at Little Cross Street. Secondly that so very many experienced those hardships that went on and on.. Great Uncle Patrick's two older sons got themselves to New York and New Jersey well before that.
It was a complex but extremely interesting plot which slowly resolved itself, but not without some tragedy. A murder in the Confessional of a beloved priest had so very many ramifications, which the fight for a Republic complicated, as did personal greed and ideology.
So now we readers and followers of Reverend Mother and her entourage will be waiting and wondering what will happen. Will Reverend Mother have a debilitating illness and she mentions her age? Will Inspector Patrick recover, and what role will Eileen be playing in future and will they collaborate. I wish I knew but for sure you need to preorder this copy now.
Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC.