Book reviews, Literary fiction

Review: The Blood Miracles

The Blood Miracles is the second novel from last year’s Baileys Prize winner Lisa McInerney. Claire from book club bagged a review copy and gave us her verdict.

Let’s see what she thought.

The Blood Miracles

What’s it all about?

Here’s the blurb about The Blood Miracles from the publisher:

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 corrupted. And he really wishes he hadn’t accidentally caught the eye of an ornery grandmother who fancies herself his saviour.

There may be a way clear of the chaos in the business proposals of music promoter Colm and in the attention of the charming, impulsive Natalie. But now that his boss’s ambitions have rattled the city, Ryan is about to find out what he’s made of, and it might be that chaos is in his blood.

What’s good about it?

Having so thoroughly enjoyed Lisa McInerney’s debut novel, The Glorious Heresies, this was an eagerly anticipated second novel. And, I was not disappointed by The Blood Miracles.

McInerney’s bold, grounded writing style once again smacks you across the face. I laughed and cried and cheered on the characters. They’re real people, I know they are. McInerney paints them so well, flawed and yet loveable they couldn’t be anything but real.

This book is different enough from The Glorious Heresies to feel like a new read and yet the character development clearly marks this as a sequel.  I though it was great.

What’s not so good about it?

It ended- I just wanted more, more , more.

Lisa McInerney is such a talent- her work is a joy to read.  I am sure we will all be talking about this great read upon publication.

The Blood Miracle is out on 20 April. Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy.

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