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The Boy Between

by Susan Stairs

The Boy Between Synopsis

Mags keeps everything safe in the box. Letters. Postcards. Photographs. Each memento plays a role in the secret story that's always in her thoughts. A story that can't remain hidden forever. When Orla is handed an envelope by her father, she is perplexed by what she finds - a photograph of her parents, taken the summer she was born. Her heavily expectant mother, unusually, is smiling. Between her parents stands a teenage boy, her mother's arm lovingly around him. Orla later asks her father about the boy's identity, but he refuses to be drawn. Her mother's mood is low again and he doesn't want her upset. So begins the daughter's investigation, back to the summer of 1983, and the story of a young English boy on holidays in rural Ireland. As the circle closes on a web of tragedy and deceit, the truth that emerges will impact on all their lives. The Boy Between is an expertly crafted, suspenseful and ultimately hopeful story of family secrets, a fateful summer, and the long-buried events of a distant past.

The Boy Between Press Reviews

The Story of Before is a mesmerising psychological coming-of-age novel * Irish Examiner on The Story of Before * With this moving and evocative novel, Stairs has won her spurs as an emerging new voice in Irish quality women's fiction * Irish Independent on The Story of Before * Stairs revels in sharp physical description, tinged with implication ... Familiar and unsettling ... An assured debut' * The Sunday Times on The Story of Before * The Story of Before is a bewitching read, a book that transports you back to the world of childhood, where everything outside of yourself is a mystery to be unravelled. Beautifully observed, the novel conjures up the landscape of 1970s Dublin as effectively as a time machine. I can't recommend it highly enough * Kathleen MacMahon, author of This is How it Ends, on The Story of Before * ...its cast of believable characters will transport readers back to those precarious days of childhood, a time when playground antics are often a matter of life and death * The Irish Times on The Story of Before * It's an un-put-down-able mystery with an unexpectedly emotional impact * Stellar magazine on The Boy Between * The Boy Between is a powerful, moving story that stays with the reader long after the last page has been read. Stairs has most assuredly confirmed her place within the voices of quality Irish fiction * Irish Independent *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781473618060
Publication date: 6th August 2015
Author: Susan Stairs
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Susan Stairs

Susan Stairs lives in Dublin with her family. She is the acclaimed author of The Story of Before and The Boy Between. www.susanstairs.com

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