The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
From reading the blurb of The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney I was under the impression that Maureen, an OAP who kills an intruder in her home, would be narrating the story. I read the first chapter which explains how Maureen killed Robbie O’Donovan when she finds him in her house and her son, local criminal and all round bad egg, Jimmy enlists his partner in crime, Tony, to help clear up the mess.
The story evolves following on from these actions and we learn of Tony’s gangster lifestyle and bringing up his children who follow in their ol’ Pa’s footsteps. Ryan, Tony’s nineteen year old son has already had a spell in prison for dealing drugs but this has not put him off dabbling in substances again.
His girlfriend, Karine, sadly is the type of girl we all know – she believes she can change Ryan’s behaviour and be his saviour. Whilst he does adore her as she tries to make a life and career for herself Karine cheats on Ryan whilst he’s in prison and once he finds out she’s done the deed he gets his revenge by doing the same. Karine tries to get him out of the criminal underworld but has little success.
Georgie and Robbie were high school sweethearts and sadly their relationship is brought to an untimely end though Robbie’s murder. Georgie is a mess and turn to prostitution and finds herself pregnant. Throughout the whole novel she tries to turn her life around and believes she will by making a better life for her daughter but she never quite manages it due to the negative influences around her.
The character’s stories do interlink as Georgie seeks answers from Tony and Ryan to Robbie’s whereabouts however I was reading about ten pages at a time before falling asleep so found it hard to get really involved in the story and to understand the characters.
For me it’s not a book I am going to remember and I felt at times the crime and actions of those committing the illegal activities did not seem realistic. It was as though someone had written a stereotypical account of crime and the gangster lifestyle rather than what actually happens. Sadly this book was not as enjoyable as I had hoped.