Lisa McInerney stays on the right track with The Blood Miracles (4 stars)

Lisa McInerney stays on the right track with The Blood Miracles

Sequel is a superb follow-up to 2015's The Glorious Heresies

Lisa McInerney exploded onto the scene with her 2015 debut, The Glorious Heresies. She amassed fans quickly, casually picking up the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Desmond Elliott Prize along the way. McInerney returns to the same stable of characters for her much-anticipated follow up, The Blood Miracles.

In the first tale, Ryan Cusack's path is not yet set; he's a rough lad with a musician's soul and bags of potential, but is being led down the wrong path. In The Blood Miracles, he's grown up fast, done some time and become a right-hand of drug dealer, Dan Kane. When a new plan to ship pills to Cork goes south, Ryan's allegiances are tested.

The Blood Miracles ask the questions 'can we ever escape from the path we've been set on?' and 'who decides what the "right" path looks like anyway?'. McInerney's deft use of language and Hiberno-English turn of phrase help make this such a rich experience. Without it, the book would be a simple drug heist gone wrong. With it, The Blood Miracles is well worth a second read.

Out on Thu 20 Apr.

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