A marriage and a family reach breaking point on an annual holiday in the loveliest hotel in Ireland. Dermot Bolger is one of the leading figures on the Irish literary scene. Very influential, amazingly energetic and prolific, popular and extremely ...
well respected. Dermot writes fast-paced, incredibly readable novels, usually with a thriller element, always about Ireland, more often than not about its Troubles. 'Temptation' is quite different. It is about family life. It describes five days in the lives of Alison, her husband Peadar and their three children, who are taking their annual holiday on the southeastern coast of Ireland. Each member of the family has his or her own hopes for the holiday and preoccupations about the lives they are briefly leaving behind. The holiday serves as a turning point in their lives, as Alison and Peadar's marriage is put to the test and the vulnerabilities of their children are brought to the fore. Previous novels have always featured a female central character, and Dermot seems to love writing from a female perspective - and very good he is at it too. This new novel takes this strength and makes the most of it. Paciness and great readability are packed in there too.
Now the one thing that is truly fantastic about being a HarperCollins EQA-er is that you get to read such a variety of different ebooks, spanning all genres and all eras. Normally I would avoid books with that dreaded ‘chick-lit’ tag but anNow the one thing that is truly fantastic about being a HarperCollins EQA-er is that you get to read such a variety of different ebooks, spanning all genres and all eras. Normally I would avoid books with that dreaded ‘chick-lit’ tag but an EQA-er’s gotta do what an EQA-er’s gotta do. So I rid myself of my romantic cynicism, banished any literary snobbery, ignored the imaginary university lecturers in my head screaming “don’t do it Fliss, don’t do it ... reach for Sylvia Plath instead” and took the plunge into Temptation.
Temptation is the word that succinctly sums this novel up: it’s one of those books that lures you in with a perfectly crafted love-interest, exquisitely timed coincidental meetings and the agonising ‘will-they-won’t they’ love scenes. The novel centres on the frustratingly monotonous life of Alison and her typical 2.4 family taking their annual holiday to the time-warped Fitzgerald Hotel in the sheltered setting of rural Island. All the elements are there: bored housewife, preoccupied husband, old flame, secluded environment and yes – you guessed it – the happy ending!...
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