I mentioned not very long ago that I had just started reading ‘Holding’ by Graham Norton, and it was looking good – I bought it and sat in the bookshop café and lost myself for half an hour in it. I remarked when I wrote about it that I seemed to have found a book which me, the fussiest reader in the book club, yes me who ‘tuts’ her way through most best sellers, was gripped by!
I continued to read it in bed each night, staying up too late to read just one more chapter, just one more, and today, trying not to rush it through to find the answer to the mystery, today I finished it. I have to say it’s the book I have enjoyed most for a very long time – I’ve read some good books recently but this really was compelling, interesting, funny, moving, intriguing… It was deftly written with a light touch, enough detail but not too much, vivid descriptions of setting, characters, and the small Irish community in which it is set. It had a perfect ending too!
This is what the Amazon blurb says:
The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn’t always felt that her life was a total waste. So when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke – a former love of both Brid and Evelyn – the village’s dark past begins to unravel.
As the frustrated PJ struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community’s worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.
I’m sure Graham Norton will write more, I’m not sure he will write another mystery story, but I would love to read another adventure with PJ, such a memorable character!
Gripping stuff… reminded me…