Book review: ‘One Bad Turn’ by Sinéad Crowley

What you need to know

‘One Bad Turn’ is the third book by Irish writer Sinéad Crowley and continues the DS Claire Boyle series. Her previous novels are ‘Can Anybody Help Me?’ and ‘Are You Watching Me?’


One Bad Turn is not just a crime thriller, but a tense psychological thriller. Fast-paced and gripping, Sinéad draws you in from the opening moments, getting straight into the action. You’ll be hooked from page one, holding your breath for many turns of the page.

Characters we know and love from Sinéad’s previous books are given the opportunity to develop and grow in this latest offering, and new arrivals are not one-dimensional. Dublin, too, almost leaps from the page, as relevant and essential as any character in the book.

Sinead expertly moves between the present and glimpses of the past through flashbacks, which immensely adds to the plot of the novel and allows the story to progress at a well-timed pace.

A few surprises are thrown our way as a dark past is brought to light, and ‘One Bad Turn’ should come with a warning about the whiplash you’ll get from some of the twists and turns along the way.

‘One Bad Turn’ will be launched by Rick O’Shea tonight at 7pm at Dubray, 36 Grafton Street

What it’s about


Being held hostage at gunpoint by her childhood friend is not Dr Heather Gilmore’s idea of a good day at work. It only gets worse when she hears that her nineteen-year-old daughter Leah has been kidnapped.

Sergeant Claire Boyle wasn’t expecting to get caught up in a hostage situation during a doctor’s appointment. When it becomes apparent that the kidnapping is somehow linked to the hostage-taker, a woman called Eileen Delaney, she is put in charge of finding the missing girl.

What happened between Eileen and Heather to make Eileen so determined to ruin her old friend? Claire Boyle must dig up the secrets from their pasts to find out – and quickly, because Leah is still missing, and time is running out to save her.

More about the author

Sinéad Crowley is RTÉ’s Arts and Media Correspondent, working across television, radio and online.

Her debut thriller, ‘Can Anybody Help Me?’ was a bestseller in Ireland, and both it and her second book ‘Are You Watching Me?’ were shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Crime Book of the Year.

Sinéad lives in Dublin with her husband and two young sons.

Catch up with the rest of book blog tour below

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