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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Siobhán MacDonald Narrator: Alana Kerr Collins, Sile Bermingham, Gerard Doyle, Tom Taylorson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781504686778
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A gripping debut psychological thriller for fans of The Silent Wife and The Wicked Girls about two families in crisis and a holiday house swap gone terribly wrong

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 autistic 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 she’s convinced her luck is 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Evocative and richly detailed…A page-turning mystery about the tragic consequences that result when the tightly held secrets of two families collide.”

    Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author

  • Twisted River is a superb thriller—gripping, surprising, and terrifically rewarding.”

    Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author

  • “MacDonald’s dark and twisted tale…will change the way you look at Ireland forever”

    Alex Marwood, Edgar Award–winning author

  • “Dark and intriguing…MacDonald[‘s] strong writing accentuates pertinent details, and her vivid descriptions will have readers feeling the suspense throughout the story.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “MacDonald writes with the confidence of an experienced author and throws in enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing right up until the finale.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Four narrators capture the changing points of view across the chapters. Such a broad cast is a smart choice for characters who are a mix of American and Irish nationalities. Together, the narrators create an authentic listening experience for the action set in Ireland as well as illuminating the world of Hazel, an Irish woman living in America. The listener is riveted as the story changes from one point of view to another, driving the action forward. We wonder if the next half-truth will be the one that unhinges the appearance of calm. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “A skillfully wrought thriller that exposes the dangers of secrecy.”


  • “MacDonald toys with the reader, leading right then feinting left with plot twists that genuinely surprise. Infidelity, deception, revenge, and murder all come into play, but the big thrill here is the constant undermining of assumptions.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This is a cracking read, brimful of all-too-believable characterization, skillfully executed tension, and narrative sleights of hand.”

    Emlyn Rees, co-author of Love Lives

  • A Library Journal First “Writes” of Spring Pick
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2016 AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for Mystery & Suspense
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About the Author

Siobhán MacDonald was born in Cork in the Republic of Ireland. She studied in Galway, worked in Scotland and France, and now lives in Limerick with her husband and two sons.

About the Narrators

Alana Kerr Collins is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. She is also an actor, puppeteer, and singer who studied at the Impulse Company in London and earned a BA in drama and English at the University of Dublin, Trinity College. She starred in the short films Rachel 9000, The Deal, and Veritas and has appeared in several television series, including Emu and Big City Park.

Sile Bermingham began her acting career in theater in her native Dublin before moving to New York to attend HB Studios. Theater credits include Loot, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, Remembrance, A Touch of the Poet, A Woman of No Importance, and Crimes and Crimes, among many others. An avid reader and lover of stories, Sile has read the works of Maeve Binchy, Cecilia Ahern, and Joanne Harris.

Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone’s recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.

Tom Taylorson is a three-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. He is a Chicago-based actor with over a decade of stage experience. In that time he also built a voice-over career and now primarily works as a voice actor. He is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, teaching voice-over for interactive media.