by Dervla McTiernan
This crime fiction novel is set in Galway, Ireland in 2014. DS Cormac Reilly has been working on cold cases for some time and has realised that he is losing his enthusiasm, but then a phone call from his girlfriend changes everything. There has been a hit-and-run outside the University Lab and the only ID they have of the dead woman is a security card, but is it really her? Time is running out to solve this case as it involves a multibillion dollar company. Even though this book is the second in the series, you could still read it as a stand-alone. McTiernan lets her characters gently unfold through the chapters and they were easy to follow. An enjoyable book, and I am looking forward to the next one in the series.
City of Girls
by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is a coming of age story of a woman called Vivian, who at the age of 19 is sent to New York to live with her aunt who owns a theatre. She does not want to become an actress but desires to sew their costumes. Her adventures are told through letters she writes to someone from her past. They ask the question, “Given that my mother has just passed away, I wonder if you might now feel comfortable telling me what you were to my father?” Her story unfolds through the decades, with some colourful characters that help her become the independent person that she is today. This book is a wonderful read and Vivian Morris is a woman I will never forget. Such a strong female with an amazing past. To all those book clubs out there, this is a novel to share.