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The Boys Of Summer by Ciarán West
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Jul 29, 2012

really liked it

I love a good murder mystery, and I hit jackpot when I settled down with this one! This book takes place in Limerick, Ireland and was a page turner from the first chapter. The Irish slang the author uses took some getting used to, but I got the hang of it and felt like I was transported to Ireland in no time. I really connected with the characters and their experiences they lived. The story was brilliantly narrated by a young Richie, and it was quite intersting to read through the mind of an 11 year-old-boy. Its hard to believe the story takes place in such a short time period, it felt as though I had been with these characters so much longer. Some of the characters I loved, some I hated (don't want to give away any spoliers). West did a tasteful job transistioning from the dark and tragic to the feel of a first time love with a bittersweet ending. The "who done it" is a big surprise, didn't see it coming and had to immediately re read once I was finished!

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for the "punch you in the gut at the very end of the book" feeling in a Murder Mystery. I look forward to read more of West's books!

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Ciarán West Ooh! Exciting!

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