The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

The title and cover of this book grabbed my attention and I am glad it did. Just the idea of something being a glorious heresy is even to get my interest piqued. I am not ruined anything by telling you this book starts out with a murder.

Maureen, who ended up being by far my favorite character, kills an intruder in her home and calls her criminally savvy son, Jimmy, to help clean things up.  We also meet a fifteen year old boy named Ryan who deals drugs and his share of family issues.  Georgie, a prostitute turned born-again Christian (kind of) is another character we follow from the beginning. And I would say, the Catholic Church is a bit of a “character” so to speak takes more than a few hits in this book, as you might guess from the title.

McInerney is an Irish author and the story is set in Cork, Ireland which honestly made the book a bit tricky for me to read. There were more than a few times that I had to figure out some of the slang included in the book and sometimes the dialogue was hard for me to read because it just didn’t seem natural. I enjoyed the story but it was a little long in some parts and there were a couple of times that the characters just happened upon one another that felt a little forced.  I wasn’t sure where the story was going but in the end I enjoyed it well enough. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review.


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