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June 03 , 2008

Blue Mercy

A Novel of Mothers and Daughters


A family murder mystery full of emotional twists and surprises

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EDITORIAL REVIEWS:SUNDAY INDEPENDENT: One is immersed in this epic story immediately and effortlessly… The main characters are so well-drawn that you feel you have heard about them in your own life. The novel’s strength is that it puts culpable, fragile flesh and blood - lots of blood - on a defining moment in Irish history… Of…


IRISH INDEPENDENT: “Ross has … ingeniously knitted a complex tale of betrayal, revenge, suspense, murder mystery — and surprise. One key event pounced on this cynical novel-reader utterly without warning… This is no mass-produced chick-lit. Wild, gamey… John McGahern meets Maeve Binchy.”

THEBOOKBAG.CO.UK:  “…I don’t often beg authors for a review copy of their book but having read Orna’s debut novel, I made an exception. I was keen to see if Orna could maintain the standard with her next book… in fact this book is altogether more skilful …infinitely rewarding. Pull the delicate strands of the relationships and see how the present mirrors the past, see how history repeats itself. It’s superb.”

RTE GUIDE: “Crafted with the skill of a veteran and the suspense is built with perfection.  The book is epic and tackles difficult issues with skill and sensitivity [and] the character of Mercy is so compelling and interesting that she stays in your mind long after you’ve read the last page.

WE MAGAZINE: “As it works towards its startling denouement, this thought-provoking novel will have readers re-examining their own mothers and daughters and appreciating  them in new and unexpected ways. A lyrical, gripping and heartbreakingly beautiful tale.”


Will you side with mother or daughter?


When Mercy Mulcahy was 40 years old, she was accused of killing her elderly and tyrannical father. Now, at the end of her life, she has written a book about what really happened on that fateful night of Christmas Eve, 1989.


The tragic and beautiful Mercy has devoted her life to protecting Star, especially from the father whose behavior so blighted her own life. Yet Star vehemently resists reading her manuscript.


Why? What is Mercy hiding? Was her father's death, as many believe, an assisted suicide?


Or something even more sinister?


In this book, nothing is what it seems on the surface and everywhere there are emotional twists and surprises. ("Breathtaking, and I mean literally – actual gasps will happen" said one reader review).


Set in Ireland and California, Blue Mercy is a compelling novel that combines lyrical description with a page-turning style to create an enthralling tale of love, loss and the ever-present possibility of redemption.


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