Twisted River

Twisted River Limerick Ireland Oscar Harvey finds the body of a woman in a car boot beaten and bloody But let s start at the beginning Kate and Mannix O Brien live in a lovely Limerick house they can barely affor

  • Title: Twisted River
  • Author: Siobhan MacDonald
  • ISBN: 9781910859230
  • Page: 359
  • Format: ebook
  • Limerick, Ireland Oscar Harvey finds the body of a woman in a car boot, beaten and bloody But let s start at the beginning Kate and Mannix O Brien live in a lovely Limerick house they can barely afford Their autistic son is bullied at school and their daughter Izzy wishes she could protect him When Kate spots a gorgeous New York flat on a home exchange website, she decLimerick, Ireland Oscar Harvey finds the body of a woman in a car boot, beaten and bloody But let s start at the beginning Kate and Mannix O Brien live in a lovely Limerick house they can barely afford Their autistic son is bullied at school and their daughter Izzy wishes she could protect him When Kate spots a gorgeous New York flat on a home exchange website, she decides her family needs a holiday.Hazel and Oscar Harvey, and their two children, live on Manhattan s Upper West Side Though they seem successful, Hazel has mysterious bruises and Oscar is hiding something.Hazel is keen to revisit her native Limerick, and the house swap offers a perfect chance to soothe both troubled marriages.But this will be anything but a perfect break And the body is just the beginning.Dark and utterly compelling, Twisted River is a riveting page turner with a brilliant twist, full of suspense and atmosphere, ideal for fans of Paula Hawkins, Kathryn Croft and Lisa Hall.

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    1. An American and Irish family swap homes during an October holiday and their lives collide in unexpected waysThis thriller was fine. There were a couple of unexpected twists which I appreciated and didn’t see coming, I liked the unpredictability as I thought I’d figured it out from the start.The ending was abrupt and left some unanswered questions and as usual, all of the men were cheaters or criminals or a mixture of the two. The news is full recently of how vile some men, especially those i [...]

    2. HmmmI'd almost give this one a 2.5 star rating. Something that was building up steam all along, and marketed to be like "Girl on the Train, like Before I Go To Sleep", sure did fizzle out and come to a dull and pretty abrupt ending. There wasn't so much a shock to the end but more of a That was it? After all of that? That's the end? It certainly left a whole lot of loose plot points left unraveling and spinning out in the air. Not a bad read, but one filled to the brim with the stereotypical abu [...]

    3. It seemed like a good idea for a story and I'm sure it could have been if written by someone else.The characters were too blah and I had a very difficult time figuring out which couple I was reading about because they were so much alike. They were uninteresting most of the time and plain out dull in between. I didn't really care what happened to any of them.There was no suspense to the ending. And really, what kind of police force just walks away from a family they're supposed to be protecting f [...]

    4. 2.5 The extra half star is for the premise. With the popularity of AirBnB, a house exchange as the theme the plot revolves around is a great idea.Too bad I couldn't stand the characters; the women were typical, doormat-y types (is that even a word?), the men were equally cliche and douchey (definitely a word) and I was able to guess the 'twist' before it happened.Also, I could not buy the stalker girlfriend. It felt contrived and corny. I mean, where did she come from? Okay, I laughed. And rolle [...]

    5. Twisted River is the story of two families – both hiding secrets of different kinds – who swap houses for holiday purposes, this event bringing things to a head. It starts with a body then tells the tale of what led to this moment. For me, Twisted River was an excellent character study and an intriguing and engaging tale throughout, bit of a page turner and written well with enough difference about it to make it stand out somewhat in the plethora of this type of story around at the moment.Th [...]

    6. To me, this book was super slow. I enjoyed the last two chapters but apart from that, it just took way too long to actually get anywhere. I liked the plot and the ideas behind it but it could have been executed better.The characters were great. I HATED Oscar at the start but the further through the book you get, the more you just kind of feel slightly sorry for him as well as his wife Hazel. Mannix was hated through the whole thing. He couldn't really redeem himself. Kate was a very strong chara [...]

    7. 5 starsHuge thanks to Siobhán MacDonald, Canelo and NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.Oohh this is a tricksy book! You think you know what's happening and suddenly the rug is pulled a little from under you, it happens throughout the book until you are surprised and wondering where the rug went.It's told from 4 perspectives, Kate, Mannix, Hazel and Oscar and from both Ireland and New York, the tale of two families doing a house swap and everything that happens inbetween.I [...]

    8. For fans of Gone Girl this may appeal. A house swap between 2 couples from Limerick and New York takes a turn for the worse. Relationships are not always what they seem . Easy read of a book but it just lacked the chill and the thrill I look for in a book, I felt there was a depth missing and somehow the story was skimmed over at times - enjoyable but didn't have the wow factor for me I'm afraid

    9. As people know, there's nothing I love more than a book about a dysfunctional family.well, apart from a book about TWO dysfunctional families!! Siobhan MacDonald brings us a fantastically twisty tale about a house exchange and two families, both of whom seem to be hiding some very big secrets.The opening scene here is one with great shock value as Oscar Harvey is examining a dead woman in the boot of his car. His kids are asking where their mum isuld it possibly be Oscars wife Hazel lying dead f [...]

    10. There Is no need to cover the premise of this fabulous read as the blurb covers it brilliantly.Siobhan Macdonald leads the reader up one path and then takes them on another, in what is a stylish and cleverly written tale. The plot is evidently designed to twist and turn and this psychological thriller covers love-affairs, deadly revenge and family secrets. Even the children have their own dilemmas and struggles. The descriptions of both Ireland and Manhattan add to the charm of this novel and it [...]

    11. Honestly, I was rather disappointed with this book. It was marketed as a thriller in the same vein as "Girl on the Train", which I read and enjoyed. It felt like a character study, except the characters were all so alike, there wasn't much to be learned. The build-up and foundation of the two families took up most of the book, and the ending was far-fetched and reminded me of a bad, low-budget revenge/horror film from the 90's. I wanted to like this, and I do think MacDonald has talent, but this [...]

    12. Disappointing. MacDonald's plot had an interesting premise but then became too predictable. I also found that it ended very abruptly with no real closure and finding out what happens to the families after, when they return to their homes, feels like where the real story could take place.

    13. Found this to be incredibly slow and the characters were pretty boring. They mystery isn't like the synopsis so that was a bit frustrating. Fairly disappointed with this.

    14. I have a great fondness for dark crime novels, so I picked Twisted River off of a display labeled "Celtic Noir" with great excitement, having never heard of author Siobhan MacDonald. It's always exciting to discover a new favorite author. What I discovered instead is that while I love the genre, I also love a well-written and well-plotted book, and Twisted River was neither of those things.Two families swap houses for a week in October. Kate and Mannix want to give their sensitive and bullied so [...]

    15. The premise was so good.I wonder if publishers have noted the wild success of Gone Girl et al and are rushing things to print without a thorough edit. These characters needed a lot of development, there were whole wasted passages that did nothing to advance the story (the whole political rant by one of the moms about her sons shirt), I don't even know which woman was which because every female in the story had the exact same interests and hobbies and build, except for poor Helen who had so much [...]

    16. Solid thriller with decent twists and turns. A family from NYC and a family from Limerick, Ireland exchange houses for a vacation-- problems ensue. Fun read, but maybe not the best choice before spending a week in Airbnb homes.

    17. I don't need my thriller books to end with everything tied in a bow, but this book had a very dissatisfactory ending. (view spoiler)[You never find what the asshole husband freaks out about, but it has something to do with food? Asshole husband also gets away with murdering his wife, and then you never hear from him again. Then cheating husband, who's girlfriend is pinned with the murder and is very conveniently unhindged, is blamed with the murder. (hide spoiler)]

    18. The audio book was well read but the story lacked a certain cohesiveness.Two families, one in Ireland, one in USA, swap homes via Airbnb. Both families have secrets, and issues, that they hope will be addressed as they spend "quality" time together. The story is told from the four adults point of view. Kate is a working mom who is coping with her job, her husband's new job (as he was laid off from his previous employment), her younger son being bullied at school, and her daughter taking on too m [...]

    19. What could possibly go wrong when two families swap houses for a nice vacation without breaking the bank? As it turns out, quite a bit. Kate and Mannix O’Brien of Limerick, Ireland have more than just financial issues that include their son Fergus being continually picked on by a bully and his gang. Daughter Izzy is seriously frustrated by her parent’s inability to effectively deal with Fergus’s problems and despite her young age, feels it necessary to shoulder that responsibility. Mannix [...]

    20. I was so excited to read this! The synopsis snagged me and I was prepared to read the next best thriller It turned out to be a confusing mess with boring characters.

    21. The description of the book and the first mini-chapter are bogus, deliberately leading you one way that has nothing to do with the reality of the story. I don't like obvious manipulation trying to build suspense when it is fake.Problems in the house of Hazel & Oscar in New York City's Upper West Side; problems in the house of Kate and Mannix in Limerick. Both wives decide to do a house swap to have a break and shore up the family life (both have 2 children). But there is tension in both hous [...]

    22. What originally started as quite a thrilling, suspenseful novel fizzled out as the story continued. The Irish O'Brien family agree to swap houses for a week with the wealthy Harvey Family from New York. Each family has its secrets and these are revealed through chapters told from various character's points of view. However, the book lacked depth in character, had gender stereotypes for everyone, and was full of cliches. 2.5-3 stars - there was so much premise and I just kept hoping the ending wo [...]

    23. I was really into this book initially, but felt like it just fizzled out at the end. It felt like there were some loose ends that weren't really tied up. I feel like the whole Harvey family just disappeared once Hazel died, and suddenly the book became entirely about Kate's family. That side could have been an interesting book in itself but why do two families unless you're going to keep them the whole time.

    24. I was of two minds on this book. The beginning had amixture of romance, suspense, unexpected plot twists, interesting characters but ending flat--seemed like author either got tired and wanted to end the book asap (sort of like a term paper that you're sick of and just want out) or was setting the reader up for a sequel or was finished by a different author. Either way, very disappointing.

    25. It started off really slow, I kept hoping that that the story plot would pick up pace and it never really did, it just seemed to drag on with nothing happening. I also didn't relate with the characters (both families were very much alike) or care much what happened to them.

    26. UGH! I listened to this whole book for this? The ending did not wrap anything up and I realized that although the beginning of the book followed two families, one families story was completely abandoned in the second half of the book. Disappointing book.

    27. This book was basically something for my mind to be occupied on for a day or so. The characters were extremely unlikeable and it had one of those contrived focus attention on one charachter and reveal that it was someone else kind of GOTCHA that was just annoying.

    28. I give it a 3.5 I really liked it! I listened to audible and the narration was great! You never know what's going on in families behind closed doors. What makes people do the things they do? Twisty and crazy book. I recommend it.

    29. I couldn't finish this book- got to my 20% threshold and at that point couldn't relate to any character nor did I care what happened. Not sure if I missed something or just didn't read far enough, but I gave up

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