There are thirteen Luas stops between Sandyford and St Stephen’s Green in Dublin and vice versa. The passengers all hunker down, folded tightly into themselves, eyes fixed on their phones, interminably scrolling, terrified of connecting with each other. Except . . .
Except, who’s that good-looking guy in the long dark coat who’s eyeing up selfie queen Laura? Could he end up as one of her terrible choices? Hang on, isn’t he the same guy who was ogling glamorous working-mum-with-a-secret Maroon before? And why is Jamie over there telling his life story to a complete stranger? What’s Fauve hiding in her handbag? It must be the crown jewels or an unexploded bomb at the very least, the way she’s hugging it so tightly to herself.
And why does Becks from two seats down look out the window so anxiously? Is she worried that Barry could be straying? Alight here for the inside track . . .
This is a lively and enjoyable novel. It’s cleverly constructed using the route of the Sandyford to St Stephen’s Green Luas, and just as you go from one station to another, in the story we meet one character after another. They’re all connected in some way, which adds richness and complexity to the book.
We certainly encounter some interesting characters, all fascinating in either good or bad ways but usually a mixture of the two. We get to see what’s made them the way they are: why they’re obnoxious or strong or needy or selfish or kind.
There’s plenty of humour, some of it quite stark and cutting, also entertaining exchanges, some awkward encounters, betrayal and loyalty, and so much more to relish.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY OF SANDRA HARRIS.
Sandra Harris is a Dublin-based novelist, poet, short story writer and film and book blogger. She has studied Creative Writing and Vampirology. She has published a number of e-books on the following topics: horror film reviews, multi-genre film reviews, women’s fiction, erotic fiction, erotic horror fiction and erotic poetry. Several new books are currently in the pipeline. You can browse or buy any of Sandra’s books by following the link below straight to her Amazon Author Page:
Her debut romantic fiction novel, ‘THIRTEEN STOPS,’ is out now from Poolbeg Books:
The sequel, ‘THIRTEEN STOPS LATER,’ is out now from Poolbeg Books:
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