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The Last Crossing

By: Brian McGilloway
Narrated by: Owen McDonnell
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Summary

Shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2021.

Tony, Hugh and Karen thought they'd seen the last of each other 30 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.

©2022 Brian McGilloway (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Poetic, human and gripping...reminded me of Bernard MacLaverty's early work. Yes, it's that good." (Ian Rankin)

"Moving and powerful, this is an important book, which everyone should read." (Ann Cleeves)

"The Last Crossing is not only a riveting story about loss and guilt in a fractured society, it is also an important work. Beautifully written and lingers long in the memory." (Steve Cavanagh)

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A beautiful marriage.

Narrator and writer a perfect marriage. This is a great novel about the living past. Very truthful and honest. Darkly funny in places and heartbreaking in others. A grand achievement.

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Brilliant

Loved this book - the story line really pulled you in! Love that my hometown coleraine got a mention!!

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Pragmatic but gentle interrogation of how tiny acts of lawlessness can lead to devastating changes

I had assumed this would be another excellent whodunnit by Brian McGilloway. I was uncomfortable at first with the theme, once I realised what it was, but am glad I stuck with it. This book beautifully describes how hurt, fearful and lonely people can be manipulated and that there is no black and white but a million shades of grey.

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Well paced

The characters and storytelling were well developed and convincing.
The structure though became a little irritating as it broke though immersion in the story.

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Insightful

As someone who grew up in Derry during the “troubles”, the trauma of then and the inability to deal with the past today, are accurately portrayed.

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