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The Wrong One, a Novella by Dervla Mc Tiernan

I needed something to pass a little time and found this novella on Audible as a free listen, so I thought why not. This is my review of The Wrong One by Dervla Mc Tiernan.

The wrong one by Dervla McTiernan, book cover
By: Dervla McTiernan
Narrated by: Neil HellegersMichael Crouch
Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
Original Recording Audiobook
Release date: 31-03-22
Language: English
Publisher: Audible Originals

The Blurb

In this new novella from the number one internationally best-selling author of The Sisters and The Murder Rule, Dervla McTiernan, a mother and son fighting to prove her innocence are reunited with an estranged friend—a detective who may hold the key to her freedom—as they’re forced to put their differences aside to uncover the shocking truth behind the crime. 

When Clara Coleman is taken into custody, her teenage son, Sebastien, wastes no time before calling Simon Miller: an estranged family friend and detective in their old hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. Clara’s been arrested for the murder of Rachel Stapleton, a wealthy housewife and prominent figure in Lavender Valley, their well-to-do New Jersey suburb. But she swears she did not commit the crime. 

Simon knows that Clara is not capable of murder and will do anything he can to prove her innocence—he’s felt indebted to the Coleman family since her husband, Will, Simon’s best friend, passed away years before. He arrives in Lavender Valley and hits the ground running on the case. With time, details surrounding the crime as well as the Colemans’ family history are revealed, unravelling the complex web of cause and effect that will finally bring the truth to light. 

Please note: this audio contains strong language, distressing situations and descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting. Discretion is advised. 

My Review of The Wrong One

Narrated by the detective and the son alternatively it tells the story of a mysterious murder and the Mother, Lydia, in in the frame for it.

You get the impression that the Connecticut detective, Simon, is really good at his job and will soon get to the bottom of this mess and his friend’s wife will be released.

It was Lydia’s son, Sebastien, that called Simon, so why do we get the impression that he doesn’t actually like him?

The clues are there in this fast paced novella but the ending is a bit of a shocker and little bit too far fetched. I can’t really say much more without spoilers.

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7 thoughts on “The Wrong One, a Novella by Dervla Mc Tiernan”

  1. This sounds like a good read and the sort of story I’d enjoy.
    I’d never considered that distressing scenes might be harder to deal with in an audiobook than in an actual book, but it makes sense that they would when you think about it.

  2. Since you say it sounds far fetche in the conclusion, I wouldn’t want to waste my time reading it. Thanks for the review. #MMBC

    1. Yes, I was kind of disappointed with the ending, I would have got rid of all the supernatural stuff which doesn’t seem to flow with the rest of the book. Then ending could have been just as effective without it.

  3. How fantastic this was free even if the ending was a little bit far fetched. I really should sign up to Audible, I always complain that I never have time to sit down and read so listening might be the way forward x

  4. I’m glad this book was free.
    The ending was preposterous. It was like they ran out of time writing it so they threw something together. It just didn’t fit.
    Next time, take your time and build out your story so that the ending flows naturally.

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