The First Sign

The First Sign

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4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Pages: 
441
£6.29
ISBN:
9781786120236
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Growing up as an orphan, Gabe lives a life of hardship. As a child, solitude and regular punishments are all he knows and freedom seems unattainable. When a priest suddenly arrives and offers him a way out, Gabe can hardly believe it. He is finally able to leave the cruelty of his childhood and begin a new life. However, life in the Luminary is more complicated than Gabe could ever have imagined. Friendship and danger go hand in hand, and the priests' behaviour is shrouded in mystery. As Gabe sets out to uncover the truth about the Luminary, and about himself, he places himself in even greater danger than before. He must pay close attention to the clues around him, starting with the first sign...

Tuohy

M. J.
Tuohy

M J Tuohy was born to Irish parents in London in 1972 and grew up in County Cork, Ireland, where he still resides. He is married with one daughter. The First Sign is his debut novel and is strongly influenced by his two other great loves, mystery and history.

Reviews

by
Miriam Smith
4
Young Gabriel (Gabe) is born into a strict, religious order orphanage in 1918. During his early years there, he is treat cruelly and at times brutally by a tough Mother Superior. Noticed for his intelligence he is overlooked for potential adoption and singled out for the religious Luminary in France. Although at times distressing to read of Gabe's torment at being sheltered from the outside world, it is enlightening to see him leave the orphanage to begin his journey to his new home with his new found companion Father Samual. His new experiences meeting people (especially with Mary and Joe), his journey on the fascinating Zeppelin and his relationship with a Countess are a delight to read. So well described and narrated, the storyline just keeps you gripped during his whole journey. Once at the Luminary he begins his religious studies but soon becomes involved in mysteries, dangerous secrets, hidden tunnels and new friendships. "The First Sign" written by M.J. Tuohy is a very clever and well thought out book, written by an obviously very talented author and I hope that "the end of the beginning" indicates there will be another book following Gabe's life! 4 stars!

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