Review: The Spinning Heart


Join us, as we lean metaphorically on the front gates of twenty one small town residents and discover through their often brutally honest monologues, the truth of a murder, an affair, a kidnapping and – most affectingly – an over-arching despair caused by the financial collapse in Ireland.

Each voice is unique and stands to break our assumptions of the character, formed by a brief mentions in preceding chapters. If any book stands as a warning of the dangers of hearsay, this is the one.

Ryan’s writing is clear and concise, though peppered with the most beautiful descriptive prose. This is the sort of book that I could easily have attacked furiously with a highlighter. It is also one that I think will possibly give more with a second reading. Easily one of the best debuts of the year!

Leilah Skelton