The Heron’s Flood


A personal story of how a battered woman gets to the point in her life that she is capable of killing her abusive husband. The novel opens just after Norah Breslin has killed her husband. With the help of her distant cousin Sinead, Norah comes to terms with what she’s done.

In compelling unselfconscious prose, Evelyn Walsh shows remarkable insight into the psychological pitfalls of an abusive relationship. I found Norah a sympathetic character with human strengths and weaknesses. Both Norah and Sinead have to overcome their personal demons by leaning on the people they love.