One Hundred Names
Harper Collins (HBB) pages 327 EUR12.99
Is there a story you wish you’d written? Forgiveness. Change.
The synopsis: journalist Kitty Logan’s career has been destroyed by scandal, and she now faces losing the woman who guided her and taught her everything she knew. At her mentor’s bedside, Kitty asks her – what is the one story she always wanted to write? The answer lies in a file buried in Constance’s office: a list of one hundred names. There is no synopsis, no explanation, nothing else to explain what the story is or who these people are. The list is simply a mystery. But before Kitty can talk to her friend, it is too late. With everything to prove, Kitty is assigned the most important task of her life – to write the story her mentor never had the opportunity to. Kitty has to not only track down and meet the people on the list, but find out what connects them. And, in the process of hearing ordinary people’s stories, she uncovers Constance’s – and starts to understand her own…
The story is set in Dublin and a lot of places are mentioned, it adds realistic and relatable elements to this book. Ahern opens this warm story with journalist, Kitty, recovering from a scandal, the death of a beloved mentor and two friends dealing in truths. We find out how Kitty used the life cycle of the caterpillar in a job interview and her friendship with her ill mentor sheds light on the person she can be. Kitty cycles around Dublin and we get a better sense of her actual journey and the journey of seeking forgiveness. And even though cyclists are the bane of my car driving existence, Kitty is one cyclist I wouldn’t snarl at!
Despite Kitty being a tad selfish it would be difficult not to root for her, especially when we see how she deals with the death of Constance, her mentor. Her job at the TV station is as good as over and her job at Etcetera magazine is only because of Constance. Yet, Kitty goes against the new editor to write the stories Constance would have written. It is her last chance to change, find her true story and prove she is more than a scandal.
At times, I did skim read, but it was only ever in an attempt to find out the: who, what, when, where and why; quicker! In chapter five we get the names and the hunt for the story Constance wished she could have written begins.
One Hundred Names reads like an audio book, I could almost hear Ahern narrating. Her written voice is genuine and it makes the book all the more enjoyable.
Light the fire, close the curtains, grab a cuppa and get reading.
I am giving away one hardback review copy (worldwide), to be in with a chance to win just leave a comment. If you share this post and leave a comment telling me where you shared it, then you will be entered twice! This giveaway closes on Wednesday 12th December.
The winner has been selected, congratulations Caren. I’ll be sending you the book tomorrow.
Oh, and to Dan and Erick…stay tuned as there may well be more copies to give away…