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The Body Falls

It’s a time of seasonal change where our sunny skies are replaced by chill winds and rainclouds, and the nights are drawing in . . . so it’s that time of year you want to curl up with a good book. This week’s Friday Read is the wonderful The Body Falls by Andrea Carter, the action set in Andrea’s home town of Glendara on the Inishowen peninsula. It’s the starting point of a charity cycle race but then the rain comes . . . and continues to come in unending torrents until the town is flooded . . . and just when the town is cut off from the outside world by the terrible weather, a body is dislodged from a high bank up on the Manmore Gap – and it turns out to be the body of the organiser of the charity race. So now flooded, isolated Glendara is harbouring a murderer in its midst . . .

This is tense and so very atmospheric, and Jo Spain thinks it’s Andrea’s best yet. I think so, too – she is so good at writing about extreme weather that by the end of the book you’ll be wanting to wring out your socks and dry off by a radiator. It’s just the immersive and exciting read you need to take your mind off the currents events surrounding us.

Krystyna Green