I am delighted to be on the blog tour for Adele O’Neill’s debut novel, Brothers & Sisters and to share with you a fantastic extract …
‘Just tired.’ Kelly poured two cups from the coffee pot, scrambling for a better excuse to give her. He sipped slowly, buying some time. If he knew Louise Kennedy well enough, he knew that, if nothing else, she was relentless. He sighed heavily and continued, ‘I was up at Fitzpatrick Estate for most of the night. Forensics will be finished with the scene before lunch, they reckon.’
‘We only caught this case yesterday evening, give yourself a chance; Jesus, give me a chance, would you?’ Louise wasn’t the type to follow but somehow, since she was stationed at Kilkenny, she found herself content to be in his shadow, it helped that she was secretly in awe of his rebellious nature, even if he was the one who got on her nerves the most.
‘Mmm, maybe.’ Kelly wasn’t convinced. Something was niggling at him. He had stayed at the scene right through the night, accepting copious cups of tea, a wee dram of whiskey and a bellyfull of buns from Marie McGrath, one half of the couple who were the new owners of the Estate.
‘Who you interested in?’ Louise could tell he was grinding his theories hard to see what flavours remained.
‘I want to talk to Timothy Fitzpatrick, landlord extraordinaire.’ Kelly had been strategic in accepting the McGraths’ hospitality; people talked more over a country cup of tea, he had said to her. ‘The McGraths tell me they only bought the Estate four months ago, after years of putting in offers.’ He stood against the countertop with one hand lodged in his dark unwashed jeans and the other around his mug. ‘From this Timothy Fitzpatrick, one of the original owners, last in a long line of Fitzpatricks, apparently.’
‘Should we not be concentrating on the body, identifying that?’ Louise topped up her coffee and spooned in another lump of sugar; after the run she did that morning she needed the boost.
‘If anyone cared who the body was, we’d already know by now.’ Kelly shook his head. ‘We need to know how he got there. That’s where the key is.’
‘Maybe…’ Louise said but Kelly interrupted her.
‘And why, all of a sudden, after ten bloody years, was it time to finally sell the place – that’s why I want to talk to Timothy Fitzpatrick.’
‘I take it there’s no one on the Missing Persons Register that matches.
‘Haven’t found anyone yet.’ Kelly ran both hands through his black wavy hair and rubbed. Speckles of dandruff spilled onto his shoulders and disappeared like snowflakes landing on wet grass. ‘Won’t get the pathologist report till tomorrow either, but from the preliminary investigations, the pathologist thinks we should start our search back as far as 1970.’
‘I heard that, what’s that about?’ Louise’s frown made a thick line across her forehead, deep enough to do a tyre test with a ten cent coin. At thirty-five years of age, she was beginning to realise that she shouldn’t have dismissed her glamorous aunt’s advice on moisturiser.
‘Something to do with the acidity of the soil, or wetness,’ Kelly slurped and sighed as he downed the black coffee. ‘Something like that. The pathologist said the conditions…’ A waft of his own stale body odour exploded up his nose as he lifted his arms. He looked at Louise and hoped she hadn’t noticed. She was standing next to him cradling her mug in her hands. ‘The soil conditions sort of preserved the remains.’
‘Right, I’ll have another look.’ Louise dropped her nose into her scarf, creating a barrier between her and the stench. ‘Have you not been home yet then?’ She stood just to his left a bare sniff away.
And let me tell you … this book is brilliant!!!!
You seriously to go and grab a copy!!!
Aria (1 July 2017)
Nothing remains buried forever… What would you do to protect the ones you love?
A gripping, highly emotive story of love, survival, dark family secrets and sibling loyalty. Perfect for the fans of Kathryn Hughes and Dorothy Koomson.
When human remains are found on Fitzpatrick Estate, Detective Kelly is drawn deep into the complex web of Fitzpatrick family secrets as Timothy and his sister Rose, now in their sixties, are catapulted into the centre of the investigation.
When the pathology report identifies the remains as that of their uncle, Patrick Fitzpatrick, missing from Fitzpatrick Estate since 1970, they scramble to protect their past.
What would you do to protect the ones you love?
Off you pop NOW!!!
About the author …
Adele is a writer from Co. Wicklow who lives with her husband Alan and her two teenage daughters. Influenced by writers across all genres she has a particular fondness for fiction that is relatable and realistic. Her debut novel is a character driven story of survival, dark family secrets and sibling loyalty, just like life.
Adele has recently taken a seat on Wexford Literary Festival Committee and writes overlooking the Irish Sea, which she credits for the tumultuous dynamics in her character’s relationships and is currently weaving mayhem through the lives of her unsuspecting characters in her second novel, another dark tale that tests the lengths we go to protect the ones we love.