A review of The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Heart’s Invisible Furies, is a heart- wrenching story partially set in post- war Ireland.

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery – as his adoptive parents remind him constantly.
Born to a teenage girl ousted from her rural Irish community and adopted by a wealthy Dublin couple, Cyril is a lost soul. The gregarious Julian Woodbead becomes his best friend and confidante, except for one unbearable secret….

Boyne bares his soul with brutal honesty, superb wit and simply outstanding writing. He is indeed a master of his craft. Cyril the “squirrel” is a victim of destiny, in many ways. His journey leads him to himself and in time, he discovers an identity, a home, a country.

Cyril will creep into your heart and possibly break it too. Boyne truly understands human relationships and this story is sure to make you question every single belief you’ve ever held dear. You may even identify with more than one character, as they are all totally believable. I know I did. It’s going to be impossible to choose which book to read now, as the brilliant Boyne is a hard act to follow. Bravo!



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