Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
In this fast paced, ever-broadening story of Michael Tiernan and his Irish ancestors by Richard T. Rook, the past and present come together in amazing ways. Tiernan’s Wake represents the rebirth of American attorney Michael Tiernan after the surprise involvement of Aedan Burns, a wealthy Irish historian, who needs some information from Michael’s personal genealogy research to complete his own investigation into Grace O’Malley, pirate queen of Ireland in the 1500s. Michael takes time from the law practice he no longer finds fulfilling and delves into the mystery with his artist wife, Sara, as an invaluable aide.
Tiernan’s Wake takes you back and forth from Boston to Ireland while plenty of research is underway. In the meantime, Michael’s law partner has a serious health scare and the experience brings Michael, Glenn and their long-time office manager closer together in appreciation of what life has to offer. This openness, along with the renewal of the loving relationship between Michael and Sara as well as other unexpected family connections, provides heartfelt present day emotion to counterbalance the inferred losses and missed opportunities of the past.
Exciting and fun to read! I hope there is more to come with the team of Tiernan and Tiernan as star players! Well written and highly imaginative, Tiernan’s Wake offers a wonderful historical mystery set against the growth and self-realization of a group of people thrown together by something more than chance, people who complement one another and develop deep and rewarding relationships. What you might take to be the dusty characters of years gone by come alive with amazing detail while some modern players turn out to be one-dimensional through their narrow-mindedness. Art, cryptology, the European history of the Elizabethan and Nazi eras, and family secrets all come together enjoyably in this fascinating book by Richard T. Rook.