Skip to main content

Recommended For You


Shopping Cart

You're getting the VIP treatment!

Item(s) unavailable for purchase
Please review your cart. You can remove the unavailable item(s) now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout.

Ratings and Book Reviews ()

Overall rating

4.4 out of 5
5 Stars
69 reviews have 5 stars
4 Stars
31 reviews have 4 stars
3 Stars
9 reviews have 3 stars
2 Stars
1 reviews have 2 stars
1 Star
5 reviews have 1 stars

Share your thoughts

You've already shared your review for this item. Thanks!

We are currently reviewing your submission. Thanks!

Complete your review

All Book Reviews

  • Excellent and Informative History

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. “From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions.” That description is very accurate, but is just the tip of the iceberg. The story begins in December of 1972, when 38-year old Jean McConville, mother to 10 children, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders and was never to be seen again. Who was responsible, and why? It would take 30 years before her bones were found, but why it happened is never explained to my satisfaction. As a teenager in the 70’s, the evening news was filled with the horrors of war. My personal focus was more on Viet Nam, and the bombs and explosions in Ireland took second place. I must admit I had only a basic knowledge of The Troubles. The author details the history of the conflicts in Ireland, the birth of the IRA and the brutality that took place. He has done an excellent job of filling in the history of the conflict, as well as analyzing the masterminds behind the terror and the “volunteers” who carried out the acts. This book also left me so profoundly sad. And angry. And mystified. Have we learned nothing? Will we ever learn to live in peace with each other? How do you reconcile your actions with your religion? How do people live with themselves after doing such unspeakable things? Even if you weren’t part of the abductions, bombings or just plain hatred being spewed, how do you look yourself in the mirror each morning after you have left your neighbor’s 10 young children fend for themselves after their mother’s disappearance? I guess it weighs pretty heavily, as some of the IRA volunteers participated in Boston College’s interviews of IRA members, with the contents to be released after their deaths, as a catharsis and unburdening of their souls. Others pretended they were never members. I highly recommend this book. It appears to be very well-researched, and is an insightful and informative look into a very troubling time in Ireland’s history. It is also a book that will challenge you to look at the world around us. We haven’t learned a thing.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    18 person found this review helpful

    18 people found this review helpful

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Say nothing

    Unable to finish back and forth too many times not my type of book prefer murder mysteries

    Thanks for your feedback!

    7 person found this review helpful

    7 people found this review helpful

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Excellent Read

    An excellent account of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    1 person found this review helpful

    1 people found this review helpful

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 4-1/2 stars!

    Great read, though painful at times. So informative and heart-breaking to learn about the divisions and betrayals that tore Ireland and her people apart on so many levels.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    1 person found this review helpful

    1 people found this review helpful

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kapstok

    Hoe een schrijver het begin en eindpunt vindt om over zo iets groots als dit ellendige epos zal mij een raadsel blijven.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices:

  • IOS