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Two women.
Two stories.
One hundred years of secrets.

‘Eloquent and accomplished’ Anne Griffin, author of When All Is Said

A sweeping novel of love, loss, family and history for readers who love Maggie O’Farrell, John Boyne and Donal Ryan


Ireland is about to be torn apart by the War of Independence.

Hannah O’Donovan helps her father hide rebel soldiers in the attic, putting her family in great danger from the British soldiers who roam the countryside. An immediate connection between Hannah and O’Riada, the leader of this hidden band of rebels, will change her life and that of her family forever . . .


Ellen is at a crossroads: her marriage is in trouble, her career is over and she’s grieving the loss of a baby. After years in London, she decides to come home to Ireland to face the things she’s tried so hard to escape. Reaching into the past, she feels a connection to her ancestor, the mysterious Hannah O’Donovan. But why won’t anyone in her family talk about Hannah? And how can this journey help Ellen put her life back together?

A gripping novel about two women, their desires and frustrations, about the wars they find themselves fighting . . . a thrill to discover‘ Belinda McKeon

‘A fierce, beautifully written story’ Louise O’Neill


A thrilling, thoughtful, passionate novel full of rich Irish atmosphere
Wendy Holden, Daily Mail
A gripping tale of families and secrets
Candis Magazine
Hannah and Ellen, the two protagonists, are separated by a century but linked by ancestry, history and secrets
Irish Examiner
A mighty read
Irish Tatler
A story about family secrets and lies regarding the War of Independence and one mysterious woman's involvement
Sunday Independent
Excellent . . . O'Mahony's writing is beautiful and this unsentimental, intelligent book is highly recommended.
Antonia Senior, The Times
The writing is eloquent and accomplished weaving together the lives of these women in trauma.
Anne Griffin, author of When All Is Said