Down by the River begins, deceptively, in an idyllic rural setting somewhere in Ireland. By the end, its consequences have addressed and divided the political and judicial fabric of the nation.
A crime of passion results in an emotional battlefield for one and all, with opposing factions taking militant sides. In the centre, a young girl struggles with the conflicts of mind and body, the teaching of her faith and her mounting bewilderment at what she might do.
This is her rite of passage, a stark progress from the role of child to that of woman; an initiation into terror and beyond it to wisdom.
Publication date: 6 June 2002