Gripping tale of freaky family

Love Is Strange, by Joseph Connolly, Faber & Faber, €18.70.

20th August, 2005

Love Is Strange, by Joseph Connolly, Faber & Faber, €18.70.

Love might be strange, but as Joseph Connolly proves in this bizarre novel, families are far, far stranger. Nominally the tale of one family, in truth Connolly's book is more the story of two - the Coyle family when they were vaguely normal, and the Coyle family when they turned into a bunch of sadists, murderers, psychopaths, rapists and extortionists.

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