THEY DID IT TO THEMSELVES
BUT SOMEONE WAS WATCHING
The Macnamara sisters hadn’t been seen for months before anyone noticed. It was Father Timoney who finally broke down the door, who saw what had become of them. Berenice was sitting in her armchair, surrounded by religious tracts. Rosaleen had crawled under her own bed, her face frozen in terror. Both had starved themselves to death.
Francesca Macnamara returns to Dublin after decades in the US, to find her family in ruins. Meanwhile, Detectives Vincent Swan and Gina Considine are convinced that there is more to the deaths than suicide. Because what little evidence there is, shows that someone was watching the sisters die…
A Famished Heart is a slow burn of a psychological drama – a considered character study more than a crime novel- as such it draws you in with almost imperceptible ease.
Two sisters starve to death – possibly someone encouraged or forced this action- this is the issue facing their surviving sister Frances and investigator Vincent Swan. The story unfolds through the lives of the sisters, not a rush to judgment but an ongoing reveal of personality and actions- as such it was genuinely compelling and cleverly layered.
If you want a fast paced psychological thriller this won’t work for you but if you love a literary character lead mystery you’ll devour this.