Saturday, 4 July 2020

The Girl From The Killing Streets is a novel, yes, but it is more than that. It is a lesson from history. The fiction elements of the story are set against a real event in the Northern Irish troubles: a day in 1972 known as Bloody Friday. Read this story as a thriller, yes, but let it also help you better understand what happened that day, and the terrible effect the appalling violence has had upon the people of Belfast. Even today, twenty two years after the Good Friday Agreement, the after-effects have not gone away, far from it. Northern Ireland has the highest suicide rate in the UK, and one of the highest suicide rates in the world. The causes are not entirely limited to the so-called ‘troubles’, but there is ample evidence that a legacy of thirty years of bombing, shooting and hatred has left many Northern Irish people suffering from stress and PTSD. Read the book and try to understand what it was like to live in Belfast at that time, and try to understand why the after-effects live on.
Having read Mr Hough's previous novels this one is his best yet. The writing has taken more than one step upwards. Being interested in the Troubles I found the book fascinating, based around the Belfast Bloody Friday bombings where the reader gets to follow several different characters during that awful day on 21 of July 1972. This novel is clearly centred around true facts of that day. The author places you amongst the action with gritty reality. You receive a vivid insight into the grim reality of life at that time: the burnt out houses, protestant and catholic tensions, the dangers associated with taking a wrong turn and stumbling into the wrong street, the senseless murders and retaliation murders, plus much more. I can highly recommend the book to anyone that likes a novel based around true events.

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