With thanks to the publishers for allowing us a copy of this book in exchange for review – caught by the blurb for this book we accepted and pushed this one to the top of the reading pile.

Twisted river features two families who swap houses in order to go on holiday.  There are the Irish O’Briens and American’s the Harveys.  Both families are wanting the holiday for different reasons and both seem to be hiding some secrets – this is obvious from the outset of the book where we are straight in at the action as Oscar Harvey deals with a body in his boot, but just whose body is it?

We’re then scooted back in time and the story unravels – I enjoyed that it was told from the perspective from different members of the family and this also helps with the twists in the story as you read the story twists and turns and just when you think you know what is happening you find the author has another surprise up her sleeve.

The characters are strong throughout the story and you can’t help but feel for the kids (particularly young Fergus who is bullied due to his autism).  The book probably has the most appropriate title ever for the way it weaves! One to recommend!

Twisted River Book Cover Twisted River
Siobhán MacDonald
18th April 2016

She would never have fit as neatly into the trunk of his own car.’

An unmissable psychological thriller about two families in crisis and a house swap gone terribly wrong

Limerick, Ireland: Oscar Harvey finds the body of a woman in a car boot, beaten and bloody. But let’s start at the beginning…

Kate and Mannix O’Brien live in a lovely Limerick house they can barely afford. Their autistic son is bullied at school and their daughter Izzy wishes she could protect him. When Kate spots a gorgeous New York flat on a home-exchange website, she decides her family needs a holiday.

Hazel and Oscar Harvey, and their two children, live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Though they seem successful, Hazel has mysterious bruises and Oscar is hiding something.

Hazel is keen to revisit her native Limerick, and the house swap offers a perfect chance to soothe both troubled marriages.

But this will be anything but a perfect break. And the body is just the beginning.

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