Holding

Holding

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2017
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9781501173264
150117326X
Characteristics: 264 pages

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cambridgedon
Aug 23, 2018

A pleasant enough foray by the funny BBC late-night host. It's more a human study than a real mystery and that atmosphere of Irish malaise is well crafted by Norton. Not excellent but above average.

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Blabbermouth
Apr 27, 2018

Graham Norton really did all of his characters well & he is able to get to the point as well. Very witty. Bones are found buried at a farm site, they are from 25yrs ago. So over weight sergeant PJ Collins the only police in the village has to find out what happened.

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cc51
Feb 28, 2018

So good. I'm a fan of Graham Norton's witty TV show, but was surprised to see just how well this novel is written.

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Juan7ita
Feb 12, 2018

Great character development but the story line didn't really hold my attention. I kept finding myself setting this book aside to read others.

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applesnoranges
Oct 16, 2017

Like so many, I know Graham Norton as a TV interviewer from Youtube. I was willing to take a look and was very surprised. From the first page he had created an interesting character that was followed by a village that entertained me. He showed all of his characters as normal people with many failings rising enough to just muddle through their lives to the end of the story. For me most enjoyable.

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ckapadia
Oct 10, 2017

You can really see Norton's understanding of people, in less than a page he can reveal so much about a person. At first I thought this was going to be another book for people who faint at a little sex or a few curse words, but nope. Also I have zero clue what the title is about, but I think it added to an ending I didn't expect, so maybe that's for the best.

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nixonj1812
Sep 20, 2017

A better than average first novel. Bones discovered on a farm in rural Ireland cause past secrets to be uncovered. The strength of this novel is the characters who are portrayed with great empathy.

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KASL
Sep 13, 2017

I saw this author being interviewed on TV. His novel sounded interesting so I got a copy from the library. I'm really enjoying the book.

It's a lighter mystery with a bit of humor added. The characters are great, especially P.J. Collins, the overweight sergeant.

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