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review 2020-02-28 14:11
A Man With One of those Faces by Caimh McDonnell
A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

Another excellent read that was very different to anything else I’ve read recently and was all the better for it. I got a kindle unlimited trial (I refuse to give those guys any money) and when I saw this I remembered someone recommended it a few years ago, so finally got around to reading it. It was crime/comedy drama that’s part of a series that’s set in Dublin, a couple of hours away from me.


The book started with Paul, whose POV it’s written from, and he’s talking to someone who we think is a relation, in a nursing home. We quickly find out that the person isn’t a relative at all, but instead a resident with Alzheimer’s who thinks Paul is their grandson. It turns out that Paul has to do this in order to satisfy the terms of a will that his aunt made many years ago. It’s a little too convoluted to go into, so give it a read and find out the particulars of why exactly he does this. Anyway, while he’s there Nurse Bridgit Conroy speaks to him and asks him to chat with another resident who she feels sorry for. Again, she wants him to pretend to be a relative. Paul agrees and goes to speak with this resident who believes him to be a threatening force from his past. The resident then proceeds to stab Paul (this happens in the first chapter, so I‘m not spoiling anything) and when he gets home he discovers someone is now trying to kill him. Nurse Conroy (Bridgit) then turns up and they form an unlikely duo as they try to solve the case (which turns out to be infamous) and find out why someone is trying to kill Paul.


This book was hysterical and I mean really really funny. I’m sure you haven’t missed that point considering the amount of quotes I posted! Sorry for all that traffic, by the way. The main reason I kept doing it was because I was reading it on my mobile phone (as opposed to my Kobo) and it was so easy to just copy, paste, then post. Aside from that I was hoping people would love those quotes as much as me and possibly read the book on the back of them.


A Man With One of Those Faces had a little bit of everything, humour, drama, crime, complex relationships, diverse characters. The plot didn’t suffer because of the character development, but instead strengthened it. Those two elements played off each other very well.


When it comes to the characters Paul and Bridgit were fantastic. They worked really well together and Bunny McGarry, the maverick cop who has a long history with Paul, was excellent. Bunny was as funny as he was crass and I loved him. Think Begbie from Trainspotting. Bunny even has his own spin-off series of books! There’s 2 of them!


Yet again this worked in alternate chapters with some being from the perspective of the police officers endeavouring to solve the crime. While these chapters were good enough, I was always counting down the pages until I got back to Paul and Bridgit’s bits.


It was such a fun, light-hearted read that I went straight into the next in the series as soon as I’d finished and I’d be surprised if you didn’t feel the same way if you’d read it.

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text 2020-02-27 15:41
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Day That Never comes (The Dublin Trilogy Book 2) - Caimh McDonnell

Another fantastic read and I'm straight onto the next in the series before my kindle unlimited trial runs out. Damn that book club read I have to get to!

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text 2020-02-26 20:00
Reading progress update: I've read 77%.
The Day That Never comes (The Dublin Trilogy Book 2) - Caimh McDonnell

Of course, around them were a ring of people with their cameras out, filming. It was the twenty-first century disease: nothing has really happened unless it's been recorded.

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text 2020-02-24 18:51
Reading progress update: I've read 59%.
The Day That Never comes (The Dublin Trilogy Book 2) - Caimh McDonnell

The fight had started when Nurse Brigit Conroy had punched ‘Diane’ right in the face for no explicable reason. Dr Sinha liked Brigit and wanted to believe this behaviour was out of character for her, but this week alone she had punched him in the face and been suspended from work for taking a naked colleague hostage. A trend was beginning to develop.

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text 2020-02-24 17:33
Reading progress update: I've read 55%.
The Day That Never comes (The Dublin Trilogy Book 2) - Caimh McDonnell

Gerry: Caller, you’re on the air.

Caller: (Distorted) My name is Tyler Durden, and I am the official spokesman for the Púca. This is the day that never comes. Prepare yourself for the revolution.

Gerry: Right, well, Mr Durden, before we go any further with this conversation, I should point out that we’ve a very sophisticated call logging system here at the station that records the numbers of all calls we receive.

Caller: (Distorted) Ehm… what?

Gerry: And obviously we will be passing that information directly to the Gardaí.

Caller: (distorted) Ah Jaysus, don’t do that, me ma will kill me!

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