Review: Twisted River

Twisted River

If you are looking for a book where you don’t know what you think you do…this is for you.


“She would never have fit as neatly into the trunk of his own car.” Limerick, Ireland: the O’Brien family’s driveway. American Oscar Harvey opens the trunk of his hosts’ car and finds the body of a woman, beaten and bloody. But let’s start at the beginning.

Kate and Mannix O’Brien live by Curragower Falls in Limerick, in a lovely house they can barely afford. Their son Fergus is bullied at school, and their daughter Izzy blames herself, wishing she could protect him. Kate decides that her family needs a vacation, and is convinced her luck’s about to change when she spots a gorgeous Manhattan apartment on a home-exchange website.

Hazel and Oscar Harvey and their two children live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Though they seem successful and happy, Hazel has mysterious bruises, and Oscar is hiding things about his dental practice. They, too, need a change of pace. Hazel has always wanted her children to see her native Limerick, and the house swap offers a perfect chance to soothe two troubled marriages. But this will be anything but a perfect vacation. And the body in the trunk is just the beginning.

Length: 259 Books

Publisher: Penguin Group

Release Date: March 22, 2016


Siobhan MacDonald was born in Cork in the Republic of Ireland. She studied in Galway and worked as a writer in the technology industry in Scotland for ten years, then in France, before returning to Ireland. She now lives in Limerick with her husband and two sons.


The title, Twisted River, really fit this book for me. It moves kind of slow, meandering along. And then there will be a sharp shift. It meanders another minute, then pulls you around another corner. Some may find the story hard to get into because of its slower pace. However, it fit the mood of the story and it set the scene for two families who desperately need to get away from it all, and thus decided to do a home swap.

Unfortunately, for one family, that was the worst thing they could have done.

The characters involved are complex, yet relate-able. Some of them I wanted to hug, others I wanted to kick in the shins. They were tragic, yet intriguing. They made me want to cry and yell at the same time. And I loved it.

Everything you think you know, you don’t. If you think you know where the story is going, at the end you will realize you didn’t have a clue.

I’m giving it 4 out of 5 Stars.


Twisted River is available digitally, in paperback, and hardback. You can read more reviews and/or purchase the book by clicking on the image below. Happy Reading!


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