Book Review: 47 Seconds by Jane Ryan

May 1, 2019 Book review 12 ★★★★

Lately I am loving police procedural novels. And as 47 Seconds by Jane Ryan is set in Dublin, I couldn’t wait to read it. Within a couple of pages, I was hooked and knew this author had something different to add a genre I love.

Thanks to Poolbeg Press for giving me 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.

Book Review: 47 Seconds by Jane Ryan47 Seconds by Jane Ryan
Published by Poolbeg Press on February 21, 2019
Genres: Thrillers, Crime
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Publisher
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Detective Garda Bridget Harney's obsession with Séan Flannery began when he claimed his assault on an underage victim was consensual.

WITH FAIRNESS, INTEGRITY, REGARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, DILIGENCE AND IMPARTIALITY . .But the case against him fell apart. Bridget realises no rules hinder Flannery, so why should they hinder her?

UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAW AND ACCORDING EQUAL RESPECT TO ALL PEOPLE . . .When a severed arm is found in a pig carcass in Dublin docks, her instincts tell her Flannery is involved. Her colleagues say there is no evidence. But Bridget refuses to let Flannery slip further into the darkness.

!@#$ ARC REVIEW Murder Mystery Page-Turner

First Line of 47 Seconds by Jane Ryan

Respect was everything.

My Thoughts on 47 Seconds by Jane Ryan

If I had to choose just three things I loved about this book I’d say:

  • The prickly main character, Bridget, who isn’t the easiest person to like. The more I got to understand her, the more I respected her though. I loved her unpredictability and her tendencies to act and fight first, then think and regret later.
  • The dark, meaty plotline (literally, have you read the blurb!)
  • The sheer unexpected emotional moments along the way.

I liked a lot more than this, but I’m afraid of giving any plot away, so I’m trying to stay vague. The book alternates between a few different narrators – Bridget, Declan and Sean. At first it’s difficult to see how they all connect, but I really enjoyed trying to join the dots. And I loved seeing their backstories and how that shaped the person that they are today.

The tone is menacing and intense, and action packed from beginning to end. It always felt like we were on high speed chase, and I love the adrenaline rush that came with that. If you are looking for a book that is shocking and absorbing, then my advise would be look no further.

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

Who should read 47 Seconds by Jane Ryan?

I’d recommend this you if you like thrillers with gripping plots, or if you like Irish settings, and to those who like to be kept guessing. Fans of Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain, Skin Deep by Liz Nugent or Can Anybody Help Me by Sinead Crowley should also enjoy.

About Jane Ryan

Jane Ryan grew up in Kildare and went to boarding school in Wicklow. She studied with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and has worked in the Technology and Communications sector for over twenty years. Jane’s short stories have appeared online and in print, most recently in the anthology ‘Strange Love Affairs’. 47 Seconds is her first novel.


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12 Responses to “Book Review: 47 Seconds by Jane Ryan”

  1. Cynthia

    I do like thrillers with a twist and I am always looking for a good thriller. Great review, I loved the review format that you used.

  2. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    This sounds like an exciting and thrilling murder mystery! I love it when a story keeps you guessing, and how you were trying to connect the three characters that were each telling the story from their POV. Bridgett sounds like an interesting and entertaining main character. I’m glad that you enjoyed this page-turner. Great Review Trish!

    • trish

      I loved how different Bridget was, and I enjoyed peeling back her prickly layers to see who she was underneath.

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