A teenage boy is snatched as he walks up the road, minutes from his own house, and beaten to death with a hammer; two psychiatric patients are stabbed to death in their sheltered accommodation; a young girl is fatally stabbed in her own bedroom by a neighbour she hardly knows; a man is beaten to death in an apparent gangland feud. Bereavement under any circumstance is devastating, but when the cause is murder, grief takes on an extra dimension. Those left behind live under a life sentence, condemned to years of painful memories and deep regrets. Based on personal interviews with victims' families, Catherine Cleary tells the horrific stories of twelve murders and how their families have survived the ordeal.
CATHERINE CLEARY is a journalist, author and broadcaster. She began her career as a reporter with The Irish Times in 1994 and became security correspondent of The Sunday Tribune. She met Alice Leahy in the 1990s while reporting on social issues around crime and poverty. Catherine’s publications include: Life Sentence, Murder Victims and their Families (2004) and A Month of Somedays, How One Woman made the most of Now (2012). She co-wrote Counter Culture, The Sheridans’ Guide to Cheese in 2015. She also co-wrote and presented the RTÉ radio series History on a Plate with historian Juliana Adelman. She has been writing a weekly restaurant review in The Irish Times for the past seven years.
'Harrowing material though it is, this deserves to be widely read, and is a wholly necessary project if it goes some way towards achieving its aim.'
'captures the quiet dignity apparent in many families' attempt to adapt to their changed lives'