A HALF REMEMBERED SONG


This was my first published novel, although I had written plays and musicals before that.

The book follows a teacher’s quest to recover his reputation; lost in the unsolved mystery of the disappearance of a schoolboy on a fishing trip to Ireland. As the story of the boy’s death unfolds, Tom Ellison’s fall from grace spirals out of control. His only hope is a message on a mysterious cryptic postcard.

His return to the scene of his worst nightmare triggers off a series of unexpected twists, including an attempt on his own life and the death of Mary McMahon, the woman who might hold the key to his dilemma. With her death comes added pressure on Timothy Hanlon to come forward and admit his part in the events on the shore of Lake Descart.


A Half Remembered Song

explores a teacher’s accountability acting in “loco parentis”

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Comments on ‘A Half Remembered Song’

ROBIN  - “This is a well structured novel that moves the reader through both time and place smoothly. All of the characters are expertly portrayed, so that it is easy to remember each one of them, and their role in the story, both the good guys and the bad guys! The gradual exposure of events past and present is well handled to keep the reader’s attention, and the book is increasingly hard to put down as more is revealed.

The story reflects the author’s in depth knowledge of teaching and fishing. These topics may seem an unlikely pairing, but they work well together as linked threads throughout the story. The twist in the tail left me hoping for more - a thoroughly enjoyable read.”

LES G - “On reading the jacket outline of the plot I was immediately intrigued. Having been involved in school visits myself, all teachers are highly conscious of the potential pitfalls. The opening sequence is the stuff of professional nightmare and the consequences all too familiar.

The plot unfolds with careful pace and slow reveals and for a first novel shows a great deftness of touch. Most impressive is the way the twists are plausible and the outcomes realistic yet still emotionally satisfying. A real page turner and one I can highly recommend. It is a strong work of fiction and gripping thriller and despite lack of commercial promotion could be a big seller.”

PENNY  - “It's a shame but I had to go to bed sometime so couldn't finish this book in one sitting. I found it fascinating and the twist, when it came, was truly surprising. Well written and completely absorbing, I can only hope that the author decides to follow up this, his first novel, with another. Well worth a read.”

AMAZON READER - “Well written a must read. The mystery slowly unfolds with surprising consequences. There's a twist in the tale that leaves the reader wanting more. (hurry up with the sequel )”.