Tony, Hugh and Karen thought they’d seen the last of each other thirty years ago. Half a lifetime has passed and memories have been buried. But when they are asked to reunite – to lay ghosts to rest for the good of the future – they all have their own reasons to agree. As they take the ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland the past is brought into terrible focus – some things are impossible to leave behind.
In The Last Crossing memory is unreliable, truth shifts and slips and the lingering legacy of the Troubles threatens the present once again.
McGilloway takes his characters on a harrowing interior journey as they attempt to come to terms with the terrible things they have done. Brian McGilloway never lets you down; this is another extraordinary novel from one of Ireland's crime fiction masters.
The Last Crossing is not only a riveting story about loss, and guilt in a fractured society it is also an important work. It captures Northern Ireland like nothing else. Beautifully written and lingers long in the memory.
Moving and powerful, this is an important book, which everyone should read.
As heart-stopping and thrilling as it is exquisitely written and prescient. McGilloway has produced a work of fiction which looks unapologetically at the legacy of our troubled past.
The Last Crossing unearths individual truths, unreliable memories and personal mythologies with a complex character-driven story that will leave you breathless until the final page. McGilloway's first standalone is a timely reminder that a war-torn past has the power to inform the present, for better or for worse.
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