The Blood Miracles
The second novel from the author of the Baileys Prize-winning The Glorious Heresies
Like all twenty-year-olds, Ryan Cusack is trying to get his head around who he is.
This is not a good time for his boss to exploit his dual heritage by opening a new black market route from Italy to Ireland. It is certainly not a good time for his adored girlfriend to decide he's irreparably...more
Not for the faint hearted or readers who believe Ireland is the land of Saints and Leprachauns, fairy forts and Fairies as Ryan Cusack and his cronies would instill a fear in St Patrick himself
Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney is the second installment in the Ryan Cusak saga and is a novel rich in wit and humor and a serious amount of profanity but I was expecting a little more second time around from this author. Having enjoyed The Glorious Heresies I was looking forward to this novel by ...more
I was aware that many of the initial reviews were negative, and perhaps this lowered my own expectations, but my impressions remain largely positive - it retains the freshness, vibrancy and vitality of the original while narrowing the focus from a disparate group to a single character, the young drug dealer Ryan, and ...more
I see why McInerney has been called the Irish Irvine Welsh: This book is unapologetically dark and gritty, it depicts criminals and the poor working class without condemning violence, alcohol and drug use. Accordingly, the main strength of the novel is not the plot, but the character study of the protagonist, 20-year-old Irish-Italian drug dealer Ryan Cusack. Losing his mother at an early age and growing up with a violent, alcoholic father, Ryan drops ...more
You're the musician, echoes an ould wain, thumb pressing down on his hand. But you're not playing, are you?The Glorious Heresies, which I read in early 2017, remains one of my favourite reads of the year - my review - and like many others I was really looking forward to this sequel, which has been very well received in the press (the New Statesman's review, while favourable, being the most balanced http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/b...).
However, the GR reviews by Neil, Gumble's Yard and Miste ...more
This city, like all cities, hates its natives. It would rather be in a constant state of replenishment than own up to what it has warped
Where The Glorious Heresies had several plot lines this one mainly focuses on Ryan and while I really love Ryan as an ever more complex character, it started feeling as of the same old issues and dramas were rehashed in an endless loop.
The dark humor that I enjoyed so much in the first book was also noticeably absent from this one which made for a much grimmer r ...more
This is wo ...more
To be fair, it could go either way. For some people, the move from multiple story lines to a focus on just a single character will mean the book is tighter and more compelling because there is time to build the tension with everything related ...more
The central character of Ryan edges on drug fuelled craziness as he juggles two girlfriends, one also being his violent boss Dan's latest lover, dodging the local mob boss, a missing drug shipment, his relationship with his father and his desire to somehow escape.
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Let me start by saying that I was a huge fan of Lisa McInerney’s debut The Glorious Heresies. Back in 2015, this book grabbed everyone’s attention and took the literary world by storm. The following year saw awa ...more
The audio narration by Shelley Atkinson was superb though.
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What I loved about that book is largely missing from this one.... the pitch black uniquely Irish humour appears to have completely disappeared and we are left with a crime novel without suspense and a character drama that bores through deathly dull characters.
The book concentrates on Ryan - the 15 year old from book 1 is now 20/21 and fully immersed in the Cork drug smuggling ring. He has a long term girlfriend but takes ...more
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Ryan had it all. A job dealing drugs that gave him lots of money and kept him away from his father's violent hands, on the good side of his boss and an adoring and beautiful girlfriend. But ...more
The Blood Miracles picks up Ryan Cusack's story from the end of The Glorious Heresies. After a sort of recuperation period he is back at work with Dan, organising a new drug route from the Camorra in Naples. He continues to drink and use drugs, so his life continues as a series of mess-ups (not the exac ...more
Just recently published by John Murray, I can tell you immediately that I absolutely loved this book as much as The Glorious Heresies and I think best described in Lisa McInerney’s own words…‘The Glorious Heresies is a landscape and The Blood Miracles is a portrait.’
Please read ...more
So definitely read The Glorious Heresies and give this one a miss. ...more
I loved The Glorious Heresies and picked up this follow up with the highest hopes. I wish I hadn't.
Because, the high points for The Glorious Heresies had been the blend of farce and crime; the balance between good people; inept people and bad people; the multiple viewpoints; the contrast between the Celtic Tiger and the organised crime. But these are all missing in The Blood Miracles. It is just a straight story of drug deals. The characters are the same - well some of them reappe ...more
It was a bad sign when I didn't care if Ryan was taken out.
Elements of this story I did enjoy was Ryan writing to his mother, which exposes his anger and vulnerability over her death.
There is great prose:
'So she seeks gory details, stories about rebellious users and gangsters cleaning guns in underground strip clubs. Would she mi ...more