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Breaking Point: The most gripping debut of 2022 - you won't be able to look away

Edel Coffey

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A gripping and emotional story of a woman pushed to breaking point from an exciting new voice in fiction. Edel Coffey is a well known Irish journalist and this is her debut novel.

An innocent mistake. A lifetime of guilt.

Susannah is pulled in every direction, every day; as a doctor, a researcher, a professor, a wife, a mother and a woman. She doesn't realise it, but she is at breaking point.

After a frantic morning, with a disrupted routine and an emergency call from work, Susannah leaves her young daughter in the car on a hot day. It is hours before she realises her mistake, but it is too late.

Adelaide is a reporter covering Susannah's negligence trial. The story is all too familiar, stirring up the ghosts of her own long-buried past.

As Adelaide and Susannah circle closer to each other, as the jury considers its verdict, both women are forced recognise that they are both already living out the worst punishment imaginable.

But what will the court say?

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Edel Coffey

Edel Coffey is an Irish journalist and broadcaster. She began work as an arts journalist and editor with the Sunday Tribune. She has since worked as a presenter and reporter with RTE radio, and as editor of the Irish Independent Weekend Magazine, and Books Editor of the Irish Independent. She lives in Galway with her husband and children.

Breaking Point is her first novel.

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