Told with slippery cunning, it focuses on a young woman, Natalie, whose lifestyle has made her an internet star. She suddenly discovers what she thinks is evidence of her husband’s infidelity and sets off from their house in Dublin to investigate the location where the affair may have taken place — Shanamore Holiday Cottages in East Cork... What Natalie does not know is that he has fixed cameras in all the cottages so that he can spy on his clients. Add in a newly arrived local Garda sergeant, a husband who fails to report his wife missing for almost a week, and a sinister local man, and you have a wonderful Gothic confection that sticks in the mind long after the last page is turned.
"One Booker shortlist later, Galley Beggar were proved correct. Ellmann’s novel isn’t perfect, and it may not take the prize, but in a world where Ian McEwan is still at large, something introspective and richly painted is a tonic for us all...."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.25 out of 5