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Nothing On Earth by Conor O'Callaghan

Nothing On Earth

by Conor O'Callaghan

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I honestly do not know how to describe this book: the writing is stunning, the mystery of the disappearances remains a mystery, the narrator, an Irish priest at a time when the Catholic Church in Ireland was in the midst of sex abuse scandals, may be reliable...or not. The well-drawn characters--the maybe married couple, the maybe daughter, the maybe exhibitionist twin sister of the maybe wife, the unscrupulous developer, the developer's randy nephew estate security guard, the priest--come together during a few weeks at the end of summer in the collapsed aftermath of the Celtic Tiger economic/real estate bubble. One-by-one characters disappear. Is the priest responsible? Is the strange maybe daughter around whom the entire tale revolves responsible? And responsible for what? Is it the delusional fears and repressed sexuality of the priest? And what about the evidence? A fascinating read brilliantly executed despite the lack of resolution. ( )
  kewing | Jun 23, 2017 |
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It was a time when nobody called. Early evening, the hottest August in living memory. A frightened girl bangs on a door. A man answers. From the moment he invites her in, his world will never be the same again. She tells him about her family, and their strange life in the show home of an abandoned housing estate. The long, blistering days spent sunbathing; the airless nights filled with inexplicable noises; the words that appear on the windows, written in dust. Where is her family now? Is she telling the truth? Can the man be trusted? Beautiful and disturbing, her story - retold in his words - reaches towards those frayed edges of reality where each of us, if only once, glimpses something nobody will ever explain.… (more)

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