And so, while there is much to admire about this debut, from the energetic voice to the way the Troubles are knitted through the timeline, ultimately some of the narrative choices feel off. Perhaps this is an outsider’s viewpoint – the viewpoint of someone who never lived in such a place at such a time. But the redemption does not feel like redemption.
This reader wasn’t convinced by the central premise. By the end I still want Mary Rattigan to “grow wings and fly”.