The Weight of Angels

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE - MYLES McWEENEY

Catriona McPher­son

Con­sta­ble, pa­per­back, 330 pages, €12.59

Ali McGovern’s per­fect life — a per­fect hus­band, a dream house, a happy son and a suc­cess­ful busi­ness — has with­ered and died, and ghosts in her past are haunt­ing her.

A job at How­ell Hall, a pri­vate psy­chi­atric fa­cil­ity close to her shabby rented cot­tage in the shadow of a ru­ined Abbey, of­fers hope of re­demp­tion.

But when a body is dis­cov­ered in a shal­low grave in the Abbey grounds, all her doubts about the fa­cil­ity, its in­mates and the strange own­ers are brought into sharp fo­cus, and she re­alises to her horror that her teenage son An­gelo is some­how in­volved in the events that are threat­en­ing her san­ity and her fam­ily.

An en­joy­able semi-gothic tale that re­quires just a tad of sus­pen­sion of dis­be­lief.

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