Wednesday 14 September 2016

All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan

All We Shall Know


Melody Shee is pregnant and now alone, her husband left when she told him the child she was carrying wasn't his. The father is a seventeen year old traveller called Martin Toppy that Melody has been teaching to read. When Melody goes to the site Martin was living on she meets Mary Crothery and the two women become friends.


Donal Ryan's novels may be short but he manages to pack so much into them and creates believable characters. All We Shall Know is no exception to this, Melody isn't a likeable person but I loved her Dad and found the story about Breedie, Melody's friend at school, particularly heartbreaking.


Rating: 4 out of 5


Thanks to Transworld Publishers and Netgalley for a copy in return for an honest review.


You can read my reviews of Donal Ryan's previous two novels here:

The Spinning Heart 

The Thing About December



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