The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan

The Good Turn (Cormac Reilly, #3)

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


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 relocated out of Galway, with the threat of prosecution hanging over his head. But even that is not as terrible as having to work for his overbearing father, the local copper for the pretty seaside town of Roundstone.

For some, like Anna and her young daughter, Tilly, Roundstone is a refuge from trauma. But even this village on the edge of the sea isn’t far enough to escape from the shadows of evil men. – Goodreads

My Thoughts

Having read the first two books in the Cormac Reilly series, I was looking forward to the thIrd being published, and it didn’t disappoint. McTiernan continued her realistic and relatable characterisations. The story line is believable, and as usual her research of police proceedure is impeccable.  Cormac is trying to solve the crime of a child abduction with an understaffed and inexperienced team. He is also dealing with his superiors and their lack of support. At the same time, he is having huge problems in his personal life.

I was gripped by the story line, and couldn’t wait to read what would happen next. Each time I thought I hold solved the mystery, there would be another twist. There are many small story lines running through the novel, and it was not clear, where they all fit in, until the end, when they are tied up perfectly. There were so many things, throughout this novel, to think and wonder about.

The Cormac Reilly series has been brilliant, but The Good Turn is next level.  I really enjoyed the Irishness of each book. Looking forward to #4 in this series.


‘With her third novel Dervla McTiernan confirms she’s a born storyteller’
Val McDermid

‘Taut, tense and darkly addictive’ — Candice Fox

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

About the Author

Dervla McTiernan is the author of  The Ruin, The Scholar and The Good Turn. The Ruin was published in 2018 and is the first in the detective Cormac Reilly series. The Ruin was a top ten bestseller and an Amazon Best Book of July 2018. Dervla was a New Blood Panellist at Harrogate Festival. The Scholar was published in 2019 and was a top five bestseller. The Good Turn was published in 2020. The Ruin has been optioned for TV by Hopscotch Features

Published in February 2020 by Sphere
Paperback, 400 pages

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