Eden burning was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: Eden Burning
Author: Deirdre Quiery
Publish date: 10th August 2015
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3 STARS
Contains: violence, murder, rape and torture
Catapulting us into 1970s Belfast in the heart of the Troubles, Eden Burning pulses with conflict and introduces us to a cast of characters we profoundly care about, even when they are warring with each other. Above all, though, it is a novel with a true spiritual and emotional heart. –Rachel Connor, bestselling author of Sisterwives
Northern Ireland, 1972. On the Crumlin Road, Belfast, the violent sectarian Troubles have forced Tom Martin to take drastic measures to protect his family. Across the divide William McManus pursues his own particular bloody code, murdering for a cause. Yet both men have underestimated the power of love and an individuals belief in right and wrong, a belief that will shake the lives of both families with a greater impact than any bomb blast. This is a compelling, challenging story of conflict between and within families driven by religion, belief, loyalty and love. In a world deeply riven by division, a world of murders, bomb blasts and assassinations, how can any individual transcend the seemingly inevitable violence of their very existence?
The synopsis really got me excited because Eden Burning will be the first historical fiction book that I was going to read about Irish culture and history. I love love love Irish history and I wanted a deeper insight into what life was like was like during those terrible times.
We follow two families from the same community on two completely different sides of a civil war with very different thoughts and beliefs on how Northern Ireland should be.
We met many characters within this story which I found very confusing.
For the first fifty percent of this book I really struggled to understand what was going on. I became so confused with all the different characters introduced, the time jumps and points of view constantly changing.
Following this story we see how each side of the divide do bad things all in the name of religion. Deirdre does a spectacular job of telling the facts and not taking sides in this recount of the troubles.
These characters had many deep seeded beliefs and I feel that just because a certain truth came to light that they would completely do a 180 and go against every thing that they believe in because of this truth. This became very unrealistic and didn’t make sense to me.
We watch many relationships form, break and how people interacted with one another during this terrible time which I really liked seeing.
Final thoughts and emotions
Although I am Irish and learned about the troubles during history class I feel like we needed more background to give a better understanding as to why these people were warring against one another. For people who didn’t learn this in school I would imagine they would be confused as to why all of this was happening.