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  • Fabulously Entertaining!

    Wow .. this is a read-and-a-half! With so much going on, I found myself immersed in a multi-genre novel with a serious side which also provided so much opportunity for laughter! Set in a cul-de-sac in the Dublin suburbs, this is the story of neighbours, the ups and downs of their families -- and oh, so much more! There are a good mix of people from all walks of life, most of whom are harbouring their own secrets but what they have in common is wanting to be the first to find out all about the new family who have come to live in their midst. Who are they, where have the come from and why have they chosen to move into the much sought after Pine Road? This is a novel with everything going for it! There is a bit of crime, a helping of mystery, a few solid friends and a wide sprinkling of people from across the board - some who think they are superior to others along with those just desperate to fit it. There is some very clever plotting at hand and more than a few surprises along the way. What seems to be, on the surface, a simple and straightforward read is a book full of revelations and surprises which had me giggling in the most unexpected places! This is one of those books that I want to shout about from the rooftops and make sure everyone reads! Skilfully crafted and fabulously entertaining so it'll be no surprises that I'm giving this one a full house of stars.

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  • A steady easy read

    A story set in Pine Road, Dublin and primarily follows the story of Robin Dwyer, and her son Jack who has come to live back at her parents after separating from her boyfriend, Edie is a young woman who seems to have everything but is desperate for a baby - an idea her husband keeps putting off, and Martha Rigby as the newest resident who moved suddenly into the street under mysterious circumstances. It follows the lives of the residents in Pine Road and the need to fit in with the neighbours under the bossy and watchful eye of Bernie. They have a WhatsApp group chat to make sure everybody knows what is going on in the street and gossip about each other. This is a story where you need to concentrate to follow who is who and the WhatsApp chat can be quite distracting. Its a steady paced book with little action and the ending is not what you would have expected and a little disappointing but still a nice easy read.

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  • Funny and topical

    This was much better than I expected it to be. Some nice little twists and turns and some proper laugh out loud moments

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  • A very entertaining read

    Flippin' heck, you would need to be careful with all these women, I don't think I'd trust any of them as far as I could throw them, they were all more interested in one-upmanship and knowing the gossip than actually being friends. I did find it a bit confusing to get all the names and people in order to start with, as there were quite a few characters, but as the book went on it did get easier and some were easier to get a handle on than others. I liked the way the beginning of each chapter had a snippet of a WhatsApp chat with the various characters before getting into the rest of the story. The main characters (all ladies) had a WhatsApp group for the cul-de-sac they lived in, Pine Road, some were leaders and some were followers. Bernie (bossy/writes a column for the local paper/self-important), Ellen (Bernie's side-kick/hanger on), Carmel (older/chatty) and her daughter Robin (I liked her!), Edie (always wants to belong and been seen as doing the right thing/married and wants a baby very badly/very insecure), Martha (just moved to the cul-de-sac with her family/moved to Dublin as was in a house raid and traumatised), Siobhan (one of Martha's daughter's/causes trouble in her new school), Trish (the head teacher of Siobhan's new school) and the lesser characters of Ruby, Madeleine, Fiona & Rita Ann, along with various family members. The whole story was about the goings on amongst all the characters and their families. Some with secrets to hide, some trying to find out those secrets, some trying to overthrow the (supposed) pecking order in the cul-de-sac! There were a few surprises later in the book, one I didn't see coming, and by the end of the book one of the houses was sold and the occupants moving out of Pine Road, but which ones, and why?! Very clever book about the lives of a group of women and their families, but I'm glad I don't live there, I don't think I could cope with the hidden agendas of everyone and I don't think any of them particularly liked or trusted each other. If they had half a chance to stick the knife in to someone they would! But it did make for a very entertaining read!

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  • Simply Fantastic!

    If your favoured reading material is a compelling tale with a good sprinkling of warmheartedness, humour, and intrigue then feel free to read Three Little Truths by Eithne Shortall. Martha, Robin and Edie all have their individual issues: calm and collected Martha Rigby has moved her husband and two daughters to Dublin under sudden and mysterious circumstances, but now she can't seem to find her footing; Robin Dwyer has moved back home to live with her parents, Carmel and Mike, along with her four-year-old son, Jack, following the break up of her relationship with scoundrel and good-for-nothing Eddy; Edie Rice is married to and adores Daniel, has everything she could want, apart from a baby, and the acceptance of her new neighbours, but she longs to be one of the girls, and to figure out why her faultless husband seems to be avoiding their perfect future. Set in Dublin, the three women all live on an exclusive street - Pine Road. The residents of Pine Road are a cliquish, close-knit community presided over by the self-appointed Bernie, who keeps a tight rein on things, and the women are part of a WhatsApp group. As the story progresses, the reader is privy to the relationships, rivalries, conflicts, mayhem, and other dramas of Pine Road that lead to the revelation of harboured secrets and misunderstandings. Whilst many of the underlying issues in this novel are serious in nature, the author writes in such a humorous way, affording me several laugh-out-loud moments. She captures neighbourly grievances, the gossipy nature of some of the individuals, and the small-mindedness of a few, with great effectiveness. The cast of characters all have wonderful parts to play, and it was impossible to choose a favourite. The more I learned about these women and their lives, the more I found myself empathising with them. It was very hard to say goodbye to them and I found myself wishing all of of them well for the future. The way the Eithne Shortall linked their lives together was very clever and I was completely drawn into this novel right from the start, fully appreciating all of the priceless scenes and also the slightly outrageous ones. Three Little Truths is definitely well worth the time invested and Eithne Shortall could quite possibly become one of my go-to authors. Very highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Corvus via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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