What Happened That Night by Sheila O’Flanagan
"Can we ever put right the mistakes we've made in the past? One thing's certain: nothing ever stays a secret forever"
This latest novel by Sheila O’Flanagan tells the story of two main characters, Lola Fitzpatrick and her daughter Bey. Set in Ireland, the book has all the charm of the previous Sheila O’Flanagan books that I’ve read, but spans a much longer period. That is one of the main things I really like about the book. Following Lola and Bey’s lives across many years allows you to really get under the skin of the characters and feel like you’ve been part of their story, as they’ve lived it.
Sheila’s writing really brings to life these characters in What Happened That Night and they are very believable, which is why I enjoyed it as much as I did. There’s a number of characters that aren’t that likeable, but even though they aren’t the nicest people, they do have some redeeming traits, which make you give them a chance in this book.
The book is set around the jewellery trade, which I found fascinating. It’s not something I know a lot about and the detail of the settings help you picture the scene beautifully.
I took this book on holiday with me and read it on the plane and whilst I was having some downtime by the pool. It was really engaging and I would recommend it others. I think Sheila’s knowledge of Ireland really comes through in this book and the scenes depicted between the city and the country make the families come to life.
What Happened The Night is available to purchase now in paperback, hardback and ebook formats. If you like this book by Sheila O'Flanagan, you should check out some of her other novels, including If You Were Me.
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