Reviews of Shane’s Books

Wednesday’s Child

‘Wednesday’s Child is that rare beast: a serious work of non-fiction that reads like a thriller. A book, about childhood and what we do to our children, that never exploits but seeks only to understand. By turns funny, angry, touching and, ultimately, almost unbearably moving, it is a stunning achievement.’

Bestselling crime writer John Connolly

Crying in the Dark/Last Ditch House

‘This harrowing book should be read by anyone who cares how the State copes with troubled children’

Irish Examiner 

Hush Little Baby


Sunday World

The Boy in the Cupboard

‘Shocking, heartbreaking and inspiring.’

The Clare Champion

Will Mammy be Coming Back for Me

A heart-warming story of the triumph of the human spirit.’

Bestselling inspirational memoir author Torey Hayden

Little Boy Lost

‘An essential read for anyone interested in the ethics of working with vulnerable people.’

Matters to Sam Blog

The Girl Who Couldn’t Smile

‘A serious but accessible book that casts an illuminating light on the lives of people who are so often unacknowledged.’

The Book Bag radio show

The Girl From Yesterday

‘I could not put down The Girl From Yesterday and read it in one sitting. In many places it reads like a thriller, in others like a documentary, sometimes a true crime novel.  In doesn’t matter which mode the author is in, it is impossible not to read every word.’

Starts at 60 Magazine

The Boy They Tried to Hide

‘Well told and intriguing – will keep you on the edge of your seat!’

Snap Judgement NPR Radio Show

After She Vanished

‘A cracking debut thriller packed with great characters that leaves the reader wanting more.’

Irish Independent

When She Was Gone

‘Scandinavian noir with a Dublin accent.’

The Ontario Journal

If She Returned

‘A heart-in-mouth read that urges you to finish in one sitting.’

Woman’s Way.

Why She Ran

‘Written with all the dash and brio that have made the others in this series bestsellers.’

The Irish Independent

Running From the Shadows (with Stephanie Hickey)

‘A beautifully written account of the darkest parts of life.’

Bestselling author Emily Hourican

My Name is Jhon (with John Brennan)

‘A book that offers hope to non-academic children.’

The Irish Independent

Bleak Alley

‘An unforgettable listen.’

The Bookwormery

The Bad Place

‘Heartbreaking and gripping’.

White Tulip Book Blog

No Ceremony For the Dead

‘An invigorating encounter and an exceptionally enjoyable listen.’

Cheryl MM’s Book Blog

Bring Her Home

‘An atmpospheric thriller full of emotion and suspense.’

Jane Hunt Book Blogger

Lost Graves

‘The final cinematic showdown outside the police station is a huge set piece worthy of any number of police dramas, and the answers revealed at the book’s conclusion are complex and troubling. I’m looking forward to Book 3.’

Rambling Mads Book Blog

Her Child’s Cry

“The crime fighting team of Jessie Boyle, Seamus Keneally, and Terri Kehoe make for the perfect team in that their various strengths, combined with their real affection for one another, make them formidable adversaries. As with the previous books in this series, it is the rapport and camaraderie between the members of the crime fighting team that kept me thoroughly invested in the outcome.”

Fictionophile Book Blog