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Be warned! Turmoil is the first in the Stones Corner series of four (Darkness out now with Light and Hope to follow) and a gruelling read. It's harsh but importantly truthful and objective. If you love a terrific thriller with individual stories that combine to form a cataclysmic ending, then this book is for you! At the same time, learn what everyday life was REALLY like in Derry during those dark, harsh times.
Caitlin McLaughlin is just like any other teenage girl: during the week, she works at the Rocola shirt factory in Stones Corner, Creggan, where she has become secretary to her boss's dishy nephew James. At the weekend she likes music and trips into the city with her best friend, but this is Derry 1972. A simple trip to the shops can lead to life-changing injuries or death and staying at home can be just as dangerous when the British troops raid house to house.
Robert Sallis is a private with the Royal Fusiliers recently posted to the city. He's repelled by the way some of his fellow soldiers behave, wary too of civilian feelings running high against the occupying army.
Accidentally separated from his patrol in Creggan, he's discovered by Caitlin hiding in her family's garden. He expects the worse but having seen enough violence too close to home; she doesn't give him away. Instead, she prefers to daydream about her charming boss, who has made his feelings for her plain.
A Catholic girl from the Bogside and the Protestant heir to a prominent local employer...In her youthful innocence, Caitlin believes their love can overcome the triple obstacles of politics, class, and faith. Meanwhile, Robert, newly recruited to British undercover forces, is closing in on a terrorist strike in the heart of the city centre.
Against the backdrop, two opposing psychopaths on different sides of the sectarian divide are set on the same destructive and violent path, one that can only conclude in disillusionment and heartbreak for innocent bystanders in a country wracked by Turmoil.