5 reasons to read That Girl by Kate Kerrigan

January 17, 2018 Book review 6 ★★★★

I could just give you one reason to read this book.  Basically because it’s a great read.  But I really want to you to read it, so I’m throwing 5 reasons to read That Girl by Kate Kerrigan at you.  Because more is more, right?

5 reasons to read That Girl by Kate KerriganThat Girl by Kate Kerrigan
Published by Head of Zeus on January 22nd 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Three young women leave the cloying atmosphere of Catholic Ireland for the freedom of swinging 60s London, all in search of a new beginning.
You can escape a place. But you can't escape yourself. Hanna flees the scene of a terrible crime in her native Sligo. If she can just vanish, re-invent herself under a new name, perhaps the police won't catch up with her. London seems the perfect place to disappear. Lara has always loved Matthew and imagined happy married life in Dublin. Then comes the bombshell – Matthew says he wants to join the priesthood. Humiliated and broken-hearted, Lara heads to the most godless place she can find, King's Road, Chelsea. Matthew's twin sister, Noreen, could not be more different from her brother. She does love fiance John, but she also craves sex, parties and fun. Swinging London has it all, but without John, Noreen is about to get way out of her depth. All three girls find themselves working for Bobby Chevron – one of London's most feared gangland bosses – and it's not long before their new lives start to unravel.

ARC REVIEW Historical Page-Turner Romance Well Written

First Line of  That Girl by Kate Kerrigan

“It was her first visit to Dr Dorian Black’s surgery, and Hanna liked him straight away.”

5 reasons to read That Girl by Kate Kerrigan

heart icon That swinging sixties setting.  You can’t go wrong with London, fashion, some sinister gangland criminals and the sixties.  All these elements combined to make the book feel unique, plus they made it buzz with energy.  London seemed so vibrant, and anything seemed possible.  I loved the setting and it was one of my favourite things about this read.

heart icon Three very different characters.  Hanna, Lara and Noreen couldn’t be more different if they tried.  And they don’t always have a harmonious friendship, but I loved all three points of view.  Each of them had different experiences in London, different reasons for being there, and all had their own journeys to find themselves.  Above all, I appreciated how they all grew through adversity.

heart icon  Girl Power: Any book where the female characters are fierce, determined, chasing down goals has a head start in winning my heart.  Here you have all that in abundance.

heart icon  Running for your life!  Another huge theme in this book is that all 3 girls escaped their lives in Ireland. I love a good reinvention plot, and where better than a new city to reinvent your life.  Especially a city in a decade where everything is changing, and away from expectations of home, you can be whoever you want.  Of course as the reader you know,  you can never outrun your past, and it’s only a matter of time until the past travels to London.  Waiting for those fireworks made this an exciting, page-turner of a read.

heart icon  An emotional satisfying read.  You have characters to root for, hidden pasts, a dangerous undercurrent and it all added up to a very touching journey as I got very involved in their lives.  Above all else, I love when a book reaches me and makes me feel attached to the troubles and strifes of the characters.  And the complex emotions captured my imagination and make really think and reflect on what I would do in similar circumstances.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who Should Read That Girl by Kate Kerrigan?

I’d highly recommend this to you if you like the idea of a Swinging Sixties London setting, escaping from your life and reinventing yourself, and an underlying dangerous vibe.  If you enjoy authors such as Sheila O’Flanagan, Faith Hogan and Kate Hewitt, then you might also enjoy this one.

Thanks to Head of Zeus and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration.  As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.








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