Reading Second Son is like using a camera with a fast shutter speed to follow a sequence of shots. The chapters are brief and intense, rapidly mounting layer unpon layer of intrigue. '...his flair for language is evident in every sentence, particularly in his use of verbs. He has a pitch-perfect ear for colloquialisms of both Irish and American expression. An absolute pleasure to read.
Second Son is a terrific thriller that belts along at a rate of knots. '...the suspense is highwire.'Watch out for the movie.
'In Second Son he manages to combine a fast-paced thriller with a gentle and affectionate portrait of a beautiful but remote and isolated community...' 'It's a bit like reading Robert Ludlum crossed with John Millington Synge.
A most confident first novel...A masterful debut...zips along at a terrific pace.
...he has a poetic turn of phrase and uses language well in his debut novel.' 'This is excellent first outing with a hint of great things to come.