The Tangle Box by Dave Kavanagh; a story you will never forget
"Darkly compelling and driven by a powerful, page-turning momentum."
Author of City Of Bohane & Night Boat to Tangier
'The Tangle Box is compelling. A subtle and complex portrait of crisis and all that ripples out from it, drawn with sensitivity and care.'
Prize winning poet and author of Division Street and Black Car Burning.
'I read The Tangle Box in one gulp, start to finish. I could not put it down. It is a great book.
Author of A Crooked Tree
'A relentless narrative engine drives this story. It's a psychologically subtle and morally complex tale.'
Author of Greeting Hero
The story of Dan and Maria’s life both before and after the event that separated them, unfolds during a number of sessions with therapist, Cathryn Ryan. Their slowly unravelling story of growing up within a dysfunctional family and among a closed, tightlipped community. We travel with Dan as he returns to the ruin of his family home and relives the experiences of his childhood.
In the memories he recounts to Cathryn Ryan, he relates the story of a mother, Caroline, who was abusive, a father, Tommy who despite his love for his children was an enabler. We learn about a community that closed ranks around their own and about Dan’s later life and how his childhood impacted on his ability to form relationships and process experiences.
At the centre of the story is a suppressed memory of the day Maria and Caroline O’Neill disappeared. In returning to his childhood home, Dan attempts to recall what happened there and the consequences that followed.
At its heart, The Tangle Box is a story of hope and triumph, that has captivated its early readers. One reviewer said of it, once started, I couldn’t put this book down.
A tightly written debut novel that will leave the reader with an indelible impression of these well wrought and unforgettable characters.