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Orna Ross
Author, Editor (anthology)
Blue Mercy
Orna Ross, author

Will you side with mother or daughter?

When Mercy Mulcahy was 40 years old, she was accused of killing her elderly and tyrannical father. Now, at the end of her life, she has written a book about what really happened on that fateful night of Christmas Eve, 1989.

The tragic and beautiful Mercy has devoted her life to protecting Star, especially from the father whose behavior so blighted her own life. Yet Star vehemently resists reading her manuscript.

Why? What is Mercy hiding? Was her father's death, as many believe, an assisted suicide?

Or something even more sinister?

In this book, nothing is what it seems on the surface and everywhere there are emotional twists and surprises.

Irish Independent

“Ross has … ingeniously knitted a complex tale of betrayal, revenge, suspense, murder mystery — and surprise. One key event pounced on this cynical novel-reader utterly without warning… This is no mass-produced chick-lit. Wild, gamey… John McGahern meets Maeve Binchy.” 

RTE Guide

“Crafted with the skill of a veteran and the suspense is built with perfection.  The book is epic and tackles difficult issues with skill and sensitivity [and] the character of Mercy is so compelling and interesting that she stays in your mind long after you’ve read the last page.


“…I don’t often beg authors for a review copy of their book but having read Orna’s debut novel, I made an exception. I was keen to see if Orna could maintain the standard with her next book… in fact this book is altogether more skilful …infinitely rewarding. Pull the delicate strands of the relationships and see how the present mirrors the past, see how history repeats itself. It’s superb.”

We Magazine

“As it works towards its startling denouement, this thought-provoking novel will have readers re-examining their own mothers and daughters and appreciating  them in new and unexpected ways. A lyrical, gripping and heartbreakingly beautiful tale.”