Book Review: With surgeon-like precision, Alan Murrin dissects human relationships in The Coast Road

The Donegal native’s debut novel builds to a finale of quiet devastation

Alan Murrin skilfully weaves multiple narratives as we follow his characters across an eventful few months

Alan Murrin may be living in Berlin, that most cosmopolitan urban metropolis, but he has clearly not left his Donegal roots behind. Murrin grew up in the fishing town of Killybegs, which he has thinly disguised as the fictional village of Ardglas in his searing debut novel, The Coast Road.

The town is an important character of its own here, with most of its inhabitants either regretting never escaping its clutches, feeling they have never ...