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A deadly past refuses to stay buried in Olivia Kiernan’s masterful new novel
Death is no stranger to Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan, but she isn’t the only one from her small, coastal suburb to be intimately acquainted with it. Years ago, teenager Seán Hennessey shocked the tight-knit community when he was convicted of the brutal murder of his parents and attempted slaying of his sister, though he always maintained his innocence. Now, Seán is finally being released from prison—but when his newfound freedom coincides with the discovery of two bodies, the alleged connection between the cases only serves to pull Frankie further from answers even as it draws her closer to her town’s hidden darkness. With a television documentary revisiting Seán’s sentence pushing the public’s sympathies into conflict on a weekly basis, a rabid media pressuring the police like never before, and a rising body count, Frankie will need all of her resources if she is not only to catch a killer, but put to rest what really happened all those years ago.
A dark, irresistible cocktail of secrets, murder, and family, Olivia Kiernan’s latest is an impossible-to-put-down triumph.
About the Author
Olivia Kiernan is an Irish writer living in the UK. She was born and raised in County Meath near the famed heritage town of Kells and holds an MA in creative writing awarded by the University of Sussex. She is also the author of Too Close to Breathe.
Praise for Olivia Kiernan and The Killer in Me:
"[A] captivating new thriller." --The Wall Street Journal
“Tana French fans are a ready audience for the second in Kiernan’s series, which unravels murder cases undertaken by Dublin detective Frankie Sheehan…Kiernan’s smart writing carefully doles out twists and clues as the puzzle comes to an unexpected and nervous-making ending. Along the way, she paints a rich picture of contemporary Dublin life, its social pretenses and nothing-to-lose characters both crashing against the justice system. Readers will watch for more from Kiernan.” --Booklist
“[A] well-paced sequel…[protagonist] Frankie’s insights at crime scenes, her close relationships with squad members, and the vivid picture of Dublin lift this police procedural.” --Publisher's Weekly
“Olivia Kiernan’s latest mystery has a whipsaw plot and a list of suspects that will chill your blood…Kiernan spins this tale with gritty realism—you can feel the damp chill of an Irish summer and smell the creosote and salt along the coast…The Killer in Me is a high-stakes noir page turner.” --Bookpage.com
" [A] masterful new novel." --Mystery Tribune.
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"Olivia Kiernan’s writing is brave and unflinching, dark and unsentimental. Read this one with the lights ON!" --Nationally and internationally bestselling author Liz Nugent
"Olivia Kiernan writes with a rare mastery. Her eye for detail is keen, her prose feels effortlessly brilliant, her plot dazzles and yet the message shines true. A total triumph." --Rachel Edwards, author of Darling
"I loved, nay ADORED, The Killer In Me… sharp, clean writing and so atmospheric." --Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies
"Tense, brilliantly written, and atmospheric." --Karen Hamilton, internationally bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend
"Totally compelling." --Laura Marshall, internationally bestselling author of Friend Request
"[A] rip-roaring crime thriller that moves fast and features nonstop surprises throughout." --TheRealBookSpy.com
Praise for Olivia Kiernan and Too Close to Breathe:
“Dublin makes a formidable background for a tense police procedural that introduces a strong heroine in Too Close to Breathe. Irish author Olivia Kiernan imbues Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan with intelligence and unusual sleuthing skills in the exciting debut...Kiernan's insights into Frankie's emotional and physical recovery are skillfully woven into the plot…While the serial killer is often overused, Kiernan finds a unique twist to this trope, where Dublin's streets and neighborhoods receive a fresh view. Too Close to Breathe excels with realistic characters, from Frankie and her police colleagues to the surprising villain.” —Associated Press
“Olivia Kiernan pulls no punches in the tense, atmospheric Too Close to Breathe … In a setup that’s equal parts Fiona Barton and Gillian Flynn… A crime thriller extraordinaire.” –Providence Journal
“As much a procedural as a character study of coming to terms with one's own capacity for perseverance in the face of tragedy, this will hopefully not be the last time readers encounter Kiernan's tough heroine.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[A] sure-footed, perfectly constructed mystery... One cannot read Too Close to Breathe without wishing and hoping for much more, and sooner rather than later.” —Booklist