It Could Never Happen Here by Eithne Shortall #BookReview #Corvus #NetGalley #5*

Their school is about to be taught a lesson…

Beverley Franklin will do whatever it takes to protect her local school’s reputation.

So when a scandal involving her own daughter threatens to derail the annual school musical’s appearance on national television, Beverley goes into overdrive.

But in her efforts to protect her daughter and keep the musical on track, she misses what’s really going, both in her own house and in the insular Glass Lake community – with dramatic consequences.

Glass Lake primary school’s reputation is about to be shattered…

Utterly Fantastic!

This is the third novel by Eithne Shortall which I’ve enjoyed, and I suspect this is the best yet!

Glass Lake is a lovely place to live with an exceptional primary school; of course this is mainly due to the hard work of the PTA whose inner core is knows as the ‘Lakers’. Beverley Franklin is the woman at the top of that particular pyramid and she will do anything to protect the reputation of the school. This year, the popular school musical is to be broadcast on television – thanks to Beverley’s contacts and hard work – but when a potential impropriety involves her own daughter, she goes overboard in aiming to preventing a scandal and totally misses a lot of what is really going on, both at school and at home . . .

Right from the very beginning, I knew this was going to be a superb read as I settled in to the story very quickly. As a former member of a PTA, there was a familiar feeling about the characters and the situation and there is a LOT going on. This is a tale which is bang up-to-date in today’s world, unfolding little by little while keeping the reader enthralled and protecting it’s secrets to the very end. I had no way of predicting what was going to happen and I was stunned and amazed at more than one of the confessions along the way. An utterly fantastic read – one I’m delighted to recommend and which so easily earns all five brilliant stars!

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: mystery, women’s fiction

Author Details

Eithne Shortall is an author, journalist and occasional broadcaster. Her debut novel, Love in Row 27, has been published in 13 languages. Grace After Henry (2018) was an international bestseller, won Best Page Turner at the UK’s Big Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards. Her third novel, Three Little Truths, was selected for BBC Radio Two’s prestigious book club and named the best popular fiction title of the year by the Daily Mail. It has just been published in North America.

Eithne is the chief arts writer with the Irish edition of the Sunday Times newspaper.

Eithne was born and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. She studied journalism at Dublin City University and spent four months living in West Virginia. She lived in Paris for a year in her early twenties and vaguely thought about writing. She went to London to write her first novel, Love in Row 27, which is set there. Her follow-up, Grace after Henry, is set in – and is partly a love letter to – Dublin, where she now lives. Three Little Truths is inspired by the Dublin cul-de-sac on which Eithne grew up – though her mother wishes she’d stop telling people this.

Eithne has been a regular contributor to RTE Radio for several years. She has worked as a TV presenter with RTE, BBC Northern Ireland and she fronted a music series, entitled Ceol ar an Imeall, for TG4.

Eithne is an avid cyclist, voracious reader, eater of sweets and lover of radio. Her Mastermind topic would be the life of Lucia Joyce, twentieth century Irish visual art, 1980s teen movies or Dawson’s Creek. It depends on the day.

She lives in Dublin with her partner and son.

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