Adele to launch her ‘emo­tion­ally tense story of love, loy­alty, be­trayal and re­venge’

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IT HAS BEEN a whirl­wind of a year for Ark­low au­thor Adele O’Neill, who pre­pares to launch her sec­ond novel ‘Be­hind a Closed Door’ to­mor­row night, Thurs­day.

Adele launched her de­but novel ‘Brothers and Sis­ters’ last year to great ac­claim and is still on Cloud 9 fol­low­ing its un­prece­dented suc­cess.

‘I am still over­whelmed by how well it re­ceived. It made Num­ber 1 in Ama­zon in Aus­tralia and Num­ber 4 in Canada. The book reached num­ber 16 here at home and in Ark­low, it was an Ea­sons Num­ber 1 for four weeks, thanks to the lo­cal peo­ple who kept it there,’ Adele ex­plains.

Adele will un­veil her new novel at a launch event at Ark­low Golf Club and guest of hon­our is RTE Gold DJ Rick O’Shea, whose ra­dio show has the big­gest book club in the coun­try with over 14,000 mem­bers – great ex­po­sure for a newly pub­lished au­thor.

‘Rick en­joyed Brothers And Sis­ters and was very en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ive. He’s very in­volved in the lit­er­ary scene and there isn’t much he doesn’t know about Ir­ish books so it’s a great hon­our to have him com­ing down to launch ‘Be­hind a Closed Door’.

Fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of Adele’s

de­but, which coin­ci­den­tally has been short­listed for the An­nie McHale De­but Novel Award, crit­ics were keen to as­sign a genre to her work, some­thing which some­what sur­prised her.

While there was a crime within the plot, she has never con­sid­ered her­self a crime writer. How­ever, this has proven a pop­u­lar move with read­ers, who par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the char­ac­ters of De­tec­tives Kelly and Kennedy, who will make an ap­pear­ance in ‘Be­hind a Closed Door’ and in­deed Adele’s third book – cur­rently a work in progress and en­ti­tled ‘When the time comes’.

‘When the time came to pro­mote my book I must ad­mit, I was a lit­tle sur­prised to find my book slap bang, right in the mid­dle of the crime genre with crime writ­ers I had come to ad­mire and re­vere and I didn’t feel wor­thy of sit­ting along­side them,’ she says.

‘ The mar­ket ap­par­ently and had the mar­ket not in­ter­vened and la­belled me and my books, (against my will), into the crime cat­e­gory, as a de­but I would not have been on the radar of all the won­der­ful read­ers both at home and around the world, who made the book a num­ber one Ama­zon Best­seller.

With this in mind, Adele em­barked on her sec­ond novel with a greater sense of ease and en­joyed the process much more.

‘I sus­pect the pop­u­lar­ity of crime is due partly to the fact that it of­fers the reader a unique in­sight into hu­man be­hav­iour, how we in­ter­act with the world and the con­se­quences to so­ci­ety when peo­ple be­have be­yond the norm. That and be­ing able to vi­car­i­ously ex­pe­ri­ence dan­ger and sus­pense through my char­ac­ter’s lives with­out be­ing in any real threat is the real ap­peal. This cathar­sis is also why crime fic­tion is so pop­u­lar for the reader as well and I am hon­oured to be in­volved in it in some small way. If I was to have any la­bel, Crime Writer is a good one to have, in my opin­ion.’

Pitched as ‘an emo­tion­ally tense story of love, loy­alty, be­trayal and re­venge’, ‘Be­hind a Closed

Adele O’Neill.

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