It Could Never Happen Here

by Eithne Shortall

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LoveReading Expert Review of It Could Never Happen Here

If you’ve ever had sleepless nights over school admissions, had to deal with playground politics…or guffawed at TV shows Motherland or Catastrophe, then stop right now. This book is for you!

It’s Big Little Lies without the glamour but all of the tantrums (and we don’t mean the kids!) centred around Glass Lake Primary School, a small town community in Ireland. The book opens with a mysterious body in the river and the plot heats up from there.

The character driven plot is led by Bev Franklin, the queen bee of the hive. Every school has one. She’s the pushy mum of Amelia and director of the school's musical. She will do whatever it takes for success and woe betide anyone who gets in her way. When a scandal involving her own daughter threatens to derail the annual school musical’s appearance on telly, Bev takes it to another level.

It’s a sharp, funny and oh so relatable tale. Despite the darker moments, I howled through as I remembered similar scenarios through my years of experiencing competitive parenting at the school gates.

Secrets, double standards, scandal, one upmanship, tragedy, skeletons in the closet. And a murder to solve. It’s deliciously entertaining. And I loved it!

Deborah Maclaren

It Could Never Happen Here Synopsis

Their school is about to be taught a lesson…

Beverley Franklin will do whatever it takes to protect her local school’s reputation.

So when a scandal involving her own daughter threatens to derail the annual school musical’s appearance on national television, Beverley goes into overdrive.

But in her efforts to protect her daughter and keep the musical on track, she misses what’s really going, both in her own house and in the insular Glass Lake community – with dramatic consequences.

Glass Lake primary school’s reputation is about to be shattered…

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781838951849
Publication date: 3rd February 2022
Author: Eithne Shortall
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Primary Genre Family Drama
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Eithne Shortall Press Reviews

The queen of the character-driven plot returns with a slow-burn Irish mystery that brings twist after delicious twist. I love this book. - Jo Spain

Sharp, funny and brilliantly observed - I absolutely loved it! - Andrea Mara

This novel knocked me for six ... carefully and beautifully written ... I couldn't have liked it more. - Daily Mail on Three Little Truths

Funny... relatable, contemporary and exceptionally witty - Irish Times on Three Little Truths

Funny, endearing, mysterious and outrageous, this book is wildly entertaining and hugely enjoyable. -- Liz Nugent on Three Little Truths Liane Moriarty meets Maeve Binchy meets Marian Keyes -- Jo Spain on Three Little Truths -

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ISBN: 9781838951870
Publication date: 01/09/2022
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 03/02/2022
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781838951863
Publication date: 03/02/2022
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About Eithne Shortall

Eithne Shortall studied journalism at Dublin City University and has lived in London, France and America. Now based in Dublin, she is chief arts writer for the Sunday Times Ireland. She enjoys sea swimming, cycling and eating scones.

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