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The Good Turn

(Cormac Reilly #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  4,734 ratings  ·  557 reviews
The unputdownable new novel from the bestselling author of The Ruin and The Scholar.

Police corruption, an investigation that ends in tragedy and the mystery of a little girl's silence - three unconnected things that will prove to be linked by one small town.

While Detective Cormac Reilly faces enemies at work and trouble in his personal life, Garda Peter Fisher is relocate

Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 5th 2020 by Sphere (first published February 24th 2020)
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Kylie D
What a wonderful series this is turning out to be. In The Good Turn, the third book in the Cormac Reilly series, Cormac is left to investigate the abduction of a young girl with a woefully inexperienced and understaffed team, while officialdom puts all their resources into a potential drug bust. When a tragedy happens Cormac and his team are sitting ducks, and left as scapegoats.

With his career on the line, yet again, Cormac finds himself fighting for himself and his team, while his enemies in t
This excellent series is improving with each book and in this third in the series Dervla McTiernan has really ramped up the suspense and the pressure on DS Cormac O'Reilly. The writing is terrific with a gripping plot that kept me enthralled.

Cormac is still struggling after his move to the Garda Station in Galway where he is resented by those outside his team. The Superintendent doesn't make his life easy, refusing him the extra man power he needs when a young girl is snatched of the street. Cor
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dervla Mc Tiernan returns with book three of her Cormac O'Reilly series and she continues excel.

Things are as bad as they could be for poor DS Cormac O'Reilly . Nothing is going right for him in any area of his life right now. His girlfriend is living and working overseas, many of his colleagues appear to dislike him, and worst of all the management seem to want him long gone. I felt sorry for him for much of the book but also admired him for his conscience and his determination to do the right
“Cormac took a breath, a sudden involuntary inhalation. He felt as if the solid ground beneath his feet had been removed, as if he was standing, swaying, at the top of a cliff and the wind was at his back. ‘I don’t understand,’ he said.”

Of course not. Reilly has been working with a smaller and smaller team of garda (Irish police) in circumstances obviously designed to set him up to fail. He’s a nuisance, because he’s smart, thorough, asks questions, and follows through.

He’s also the sort of f
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Have you read The Ruin and The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan? If you are a crime and police procedural fan then you really need to get your hands on them. The Good Turn is the 3rd book in the Cormac Reilly series and in my opinion the best one yet. Police corruption, a missing girl and the mystery of another girl who is traumatised, this book has everything you want in a crime and thriller read.

The Good Turn is a twisty and well executed story following 3 main storylines . Cormac is struggling wit
DS Cormac Reilly needed men – his Superintendent wouldn’t oblige, saying they were all out on a drug bust. Cormac had never seen eye to eye with his super, but he’d thought he was a fair man; that when a young girl had been abducted, he’d throw everything at the search for her before it was too late. But no – Cormac was working with a skeleton crew and when Garda Peter Fisher hadn’t been able to contact Cormac, he’d gone on his own, after the suspect he was sure was the culprit. The results were ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: It was so cold now. He was vaguely aware that he'd started to shiver again. How long would it take the others to arrive? He should call in. He searched his pockets for his phone, didn't find it. An image of the phone propped up on the central console of the police car presented itself to him. He'd left it there. Oh Christ. Peter swallowed against a wave of nausea. He wasn't going to puke here, not at the scene, where the contents of his stomach could be later dissected in a forensics re ...more
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**4.5 stars**

The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan. (2020).
(Cormac Reilly #3).

Police corruption, an investigation that ends in tragedy and the mystery of a little girl's silence - three unconnected things that will prove to be linked by one small town. Detective Cormac faces enemies at work and trouble in his personal life. Garda Peter is relocated out of Galway with the threat of prosecution hanging over his head, and now he has to work f
Kylie H
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, great-read
The third book in this series and no momentum lost. Cormac the central character appears to have rubbed enough people up the wrong way that his hand is forced and he is suspended for his actions. Weighing on his conscious is that his colleague Peter Fisher is also hung out by being sent to a remote location as a punishment. Cormac feels responsible and wants to set the record straight.
Unfortunately elements appear to be conspiring against him and the situation goes from bad to worse. Will this m
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and was looking forward to this one. What a disappointment! This was nowhere near as good. It started slowly, was quite plodding in the middle and then finished quickly with some helpful coincidences and luck.
Most of the book takes place over 8 days and for much of the book Cormac isn’t the centre of it. Police corruption that seems endemic (there’s about 3 or 4 good cops in total!) and apparently impossible to overcome keeps Cormac sidelined
I enjoyed The Ruin and The Scholar but I think McTiernan stepped it up another notch with this, the third in the Cormac Reilly series.

Although the series is named after Garda Cormac Reilly, McTiernan wrote much of The Ruin and The Scholar from the point of view of other characters. In The Good Turn she does this again. It kind of annoyed me in the first two books (I like Reilly and I want to read more about him!) but this time I felt like I accepted it more graciously. This is probably a combina
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This third offering in the police procedural series featuring Irish Garda Detective Cormac Reilly takes a dark turn. Both Reilly, and Garda Peter Fisher are literally ‘out in the cold’. The two of them are aware that there is corruption within the police department, but efforts to uncover the perpetrators are thwarted by their superiors. A child abduction case ‘blows up in their faces’ and Cormac is suspended and Peter is transferred to the hinterlands to serve under his despised father. Enjoy t ...more
Dale Harcombe
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
A little girl goes missing, believed abducted. Garda Peter Fisher sets out to investigate and call in re-enforcements to help in the search for the abducted girl. Detective Cormac Reilly, when he hears of the alleged crime wants support and officers sent to help deal with the problem. He fears the child’s life is in danger and knows every hour is critical. But the hierarchy are too intent on a supposed drug bust to spare any men to help. Left to their own resources Peter and Cormac try and do th ...more

Cormac Reilly #3 is the best so far, in what has been a must-read series right from the start. Dervla McTiernan is a first class storyteller.

In The Good Turn, Garda Peter Fisher is called back in to work on his long-awaited day off, after a child-abduction is reported in suburban Galway. Fisher interviews the witness on his way back to the station and instinctively knows it's legitimate. His boss, DS Reilly, has no choice but to put all other cases on hold because his team is severely under
Gloria Arthur
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This new book features Detective Cormac Reilly and is set in Dublin, Ireland 2015. Cormac Reilly has appeared in two previous books by this best selling author. This is the first book of the series that I’ve read and I can’t wait to read the others.

The story opens with Anna and her young daughter Tilly sitting in the doctor’s waiting room, Tilly hasn’t spoken in 3 months! What is the mystery of her little girls silence?

Elsewhere the violent abduction of a young girl punched and shoved into the b
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Good Turn is the third novel in the Cormac Reilly series by Irish-born Australian author, Dervla McTiernan. Does it start with the abduction of a girl walking her dog, witnessed by a young boy from his sickbed? Or does that incident just kick off something that has been coming since Detective Inspector Cormac Reilly first arrived at Mill Street Garda Station in Galway?

After a shooting that sees him under threat of prosecution and jail, Detective Peter Fisher is transferred to the village of
Jeanette Lewis
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another crime thriller by Dervla McTiernan. The Mill St Garda on the decision of Superintendent Murphy sees most deployed on surveillance under the command of his son Trevor for large drug busts and this leaves minimal staff to handle any other serious crime. A call comes in of a child abduction witnessed by a young student from his bedroom window while home sick from school. He records most of what happened just missing some of the number plate of the abducter's car. Cormack pleads for more sta ...more
Dervla McTiernan’s Cormac Reilly series is one of my favourite police procedurals and I was very excited to get the opportunity to read her latest novel. I am happy to say that it lived up to all my expectations!

The book starts with a kidnapping, and a shooting – from here follows a taut and nerve wrecking police procedural that had me on the edge of my seat until the end. As with previous books, I was reminded how much I like the main character, DI Cormac Reilly, who embodies the type of person
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, audio
Another great book in the Cormac Reilly series!

The Good Turn is the third book in the series and has about 3 plots going on.

One plot involves Garda Peter Fisher tracking down a potential child abductor to having this meeting with the abductor go completely off the rails.
He’s put on leave and relocated out of Galway to Roundstone.

Sidenote: Roundstone is a small fishing village on the west coast of Ireland and it's almost 2 hours away from Galway.

Back in Galway, the second plot involves Detective
Craig Sisterson
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: australia, crime, ireland
Two years after her award-winning debut THE RUIN, Dervla McTiernan has established herself as a crime writer to watch. Her third novel THE GOOD TURN continues the escapades of Galway copper DS Cormac Reilly. When a lack of resources and support leads to a kidnapping case going bad, Reilly finds himself in the firing line of his bosses; he’s suspended and his protégé Peter Fisher is exiled to the Garda station of a tiny seaside town. A village long policed by Fisher’s father, and a place where a ...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
WOW!!!!! The best in the series ... tension filled pages, fabulous characters, and the BEST ending.

My View:
Faultless, brilliant, tense, complex…this book lives up to all the hype!

This, the third book in the Cormac Reilly series, is an outstanding, read in one sitting type of read!

I don’t know what else I can add to this review that you wouldn’t have already seen/read/heard somewhere else before. This is intricate story of corruption, of love and of vice and fortitude.

This book has definitely s
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

The series continues to deepen and improve, though it started out just fine. I wish I hadn’t read it so fast after its release, because now I’m back to waiting for the next one.

There are several coincidences that comprise the full rendering of the mystery in the last chapters. The characters even comment on the critical role of handy coincidence. This dependence should have bothered me, but I was already so bought in to the story, which stayed strong around while weaving in these coinc
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cormac Reilly for the trifecta. A third excellent Cormac read.

Detective Sergeant Cormac Reilly’s Superintendent is an irritant. If he were a fly you’d swat him stone dead. Cormac needs troops for a kidnapping but the stubborn Super says they’re all out on a drug bust. Cormac had never got on with the Super. In fact, Cormac is the kind of guy who makes a habit of annoying his superiors. Garda Peter Fisher chases the suspect with disastrous results.

Peter Fisher gets sent to the town of Roundstone
Natalie M
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, mystery
What a brilliant series this is, with number three being an excellent addition. The only downside now is waiting for number four!

Cormac Reilly is one of the best characters I’ve read. This instalment is based predominantly in Galway and the small seaside town of Roundstone. Politics, corruption, drugs, intimidation and dogged detective work all work brilliantly in this read. Add a dash of family drama, relationship changes and small town issues, you have a novel that will please so many readers.
Jessica Woodbury
2.5 stars. I had enjoyed the previous Cormac Reilly book a lot, so it really sucked to have the series take such a turn for the worse here. The problem, really, isn't with pacing or character or anything like that. The problem is that the central idea of the book contradicts everything we see happen until a certain point.

Books about police are complicated. For me they always have been. Even when they're not set in the US. But in this book, even more than the previous two, gives us Reilly as the
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘The waiting room was ugly and neglected.’

Dublin, Ireland, 1 September 2015. Anna’s young daughter Tilly has stopped talking. Anna can’t change her circumstances in Dublin, so she decides to take Tilly to Galway.

Galway, Ireland, 31 October 2015. Garda Peter Fisher is having a rare day off, enjoying life, when he receives a call from his colleague, Deirdre Russell:

‘Reilly wants to know if you can come in for the afternoon.’

The station is shorthanded (again) as most resources have been diverted to
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another cracking read from Dervla McTiernan. The Good Turn is straight off the blocks intense, tight and tangled - the very best kind of crime fiction. One of those rare occasions where you find yourself halfway through thinking - how is she going to pull this off? And then racing through the rest to find out. The Good Turn elevates the world of Cormac Reilly and the Irish Gardai to another spectacular level. Excellent police procedural/crime thriller - I can't wait for the next one! ...more
Cass Moriarty
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Irish / Australian author Dervla McTiernan’s third novel The Good Turn (Harper Collins 2019) builds on her crime series featuring Detective Cormac Reilly, after the success of her previous books The Ruin and The Scholar. Once again, she gives readers a solid police procedural, a fast-paced plot with plenty of twists and turns, crime and corruption, and most importantly, a character-driven narrative that is as much about the people we have come to know and care about as much as it is about the st ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
The Good Turn, the third in the Cormac Reilly crime series, is the latest book from Australian author, Dervla McTiernan. Having enjoyed McTiernan’s debut novel, The Ruin, I hadn’t got around to reading her second book, The Scholar. In light of seeing McTiernan at an author event to promote The Good Turn, I decided to skip The Scholar. I was pleased to note that The Good Turn could be read as a stand alone. McTiernan provides plenty of detail to fill in the blanks for new fans or fans of old who ...more

The third book in the Cormac Reilly series was better than the second one, I didn't find obvious plot holes or completely unbelievable situations. Cormac Reilly is, yet again, in trouble and gets suspended. One of his people, Garda Peter Fisher, is sent away to Galway, while he's under investigation for killing a suspect. Peter Fisher's story took a bigger slice of the novel. He's got work issues and personal issues, as he's working in his home town, next to his father, whom he despises.

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