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Dara Flood always said that the most interesting thing about her life happened before she was born.
Thirteen days before she came into the world, her father walked up the road to buy a packet of cigarettes and never came back.
Now Dara lives an uncomplicated life. She goes to Melvin’s for pizza on a Wednesday night with her friends. She has salsa class with her sister Angel on a Friday. And Saturday nights are usually reserved for her boyfriend. People might say that Dara’s life is predictable. But it’s safe, which is exactly the way she likes it.
As for Mr Flood? Maybe Dara thinks about him from time to time. But not very often. She doesn’t see the point.
Then Angel gets sick and suddenly everything changes.
Now Dara urgently needs to find her father so she hires the scruffily handsome, failed-policeman-turned-private-investigator Stanley Flinter to help her.
As Dara and Stanley set out in search of Mr Flood, Dara’s carefully ordered life begins to fall apart. But as she learns some truths about Mr Flood, and herself, she discovers that to let life in, sometimes you just have to let go…

Reviews

Praise for Ciara Geraghty
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So funny and so much fun, it's impossible to believe it's Geraghty's first . . . Warm , moving and hilarious.
<i>Evening Herald</i>, Ireland
Perfect pace and plenty of banter help Geraghty's debut hit the right balance between hilariously funny and poignant . . . accessible and charming.
<i>Image</i>, Ireland
Move over Marian, it's Ciara . . . impressive and highly entertaining [with] one of the most authentic female characters I've read in women's fiction for a long time . . . lots of biting humour and a darker side beneath the laughs.
<i>Irish Independent Review</i>
'This laugh out loud page-turner is full of characters you long to know . . . This delicious debut cannot fail to enchant the young, and the young at heart.'
<i>Irish Examiner</i>
'A touching story of a flawed but loveable heroine'
<i>U</i> magazine
Witty, sharp and intelligent . . . a great way to switch off at the end of the day
RTE Guide
Quirky characters, heart-rending turnarounds and an ending that's far from traditional
Evening Herald