For Laura, feelings are things you learn. Revenge, though, is pure instinct.
'Simmering with repressed rage from the off, this complex tale of revenge, betrayal and loss is an absolute cracker' Sunday Independent
One Good Reason is a gripping human drama about revenge, family secrets, and lies that can ripple beneath the surface of successful lives, waiting to be disclosed.
Laura has never been like other girls. She thinks about sadness rather than feeling it. Anger, jealousy, deceit - they just seem more useful.
So when her family unit is shattered after a violent break-in to their home, she becomes intent on getting even. The perpetrators have walked away unpunished but her father wasn't so lucky, falling prey to a fatal heart attack in the aftermath.
Paddy Skellion - father of one of the offenders - is a renowned artist, who will go a long way to protect his reputation. When Laura's mother Angela gives her daughter her blessing to travel to the South of France, to visit the family in the hope of an apology, she knows little of Laura's true intent.
Laura has one good reason to enter their lives in ways they can't foresee. But even the best laid plans don't always go as intended...
A thrilling account of how the absence of justice can transform raw grief into a potentially lethal obsession - Irish Times on One Good Reason
Simmering with repressed rage from the off, this complex tale of revenge, betrayal and loss is an absolute cracker - Sunday Independent on One Good Reason
A vivid and emotionally powerful story of the past's long hold on our lives. Susan Stairs writes with immense tact and skill, but also with a storyteller's flair - Joseph O'Connor, author, on The Boy Between
The Boy Between is a powerful, moving story that stays with the reader long after the last page has been read. Stairs has most assuredly confirmed her place within the voices of quality Irish fiction - Irish Independent
Stairs revels in sharp physical description, tinged with implication ... Familiar and unsettling ... An assured debut' - The Times on Sunday on The Story of Before