I‘m a firm believer in giving books a chance. Once I‘ve committed to reading even the first page I‘m in it for the long haul - I just have to finish! Unfortunately, for the first 300 odd pages of this book I was bored, bored and confused. The Irish-isms are not always easy to interpret, and the way the story unravelled was confusing. About half way through it finally started to make sense. The second half of the book makes it all worth while.