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When Mags Jensen disappears, soon after learning she has early-stage dementia, her three grown up children are brought together to search for their mother. Over several days, old tensions rise to the surface, harking back to an earlier tragedy that splintered the family.

The Heart of Everything is a taut and compelling account of the nature of family relationships and the uneasy grasp of the past over the present. Powerful revelations take hold between the siblings and their efforts to find Mags become increasingly frantic as they are forced to ask: will they ever see their lost mother again?

Reviews

Henrietta McKervey's second novel ... marks [her] has one to watch in Irish fiction.
Stellar magazine
The Heart of Everything confirms McKervey's talent for creating realistic portraits of Irish life in an engaging and highly readable style ... there is an emotional truth and authentic irresolution to the novel that will satisfy even the most cynical reader
Sunday Business Post
What impresses most in [The Heart of Everything] is the quality of the writing, the striking images and witty turns of phrase ... it's a page turner ... [Henrietta McKervey is a novelist in the early stages of her career, brimming with promise. She has wit, imagination and an understanding of human beings, which are the hallmark of the true novelist.
Irish Times
Beautifully yet simply written, fuelled by perceptive observations and raw honesty, this novel will delight fans of Anne Tyler and Maggie O'Farrell ... leaves you thinking about the characters long after the last page is turned
Sunday Independent
With her keen eye for detail and her flair for words, McKervey has taken [an] important issue to create a page turning novel with real substance ... This second novel confirms her place as one of Ireland's up-and-coming writers
Irish Examiner