All the Bad Apples
Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle
Publication date: August 27, 2019
Genre: YA paranormal/magical realism
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
The day after the funeral all our mourning clothes hung out on the line like sleeping bats. ‘This will be really embarrassing,’ I kept saying to my family, ‘when she shows up at the door in a week or two.’
When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true.
And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions – but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.
All the Bad Apples is an angry, passionate feminist book everyone should read.
I loved this, all the stars! I might be biased because Moira Fowley-Doyle is one of my absolute favourite authors.
All the Bad apples follows Deena, after the disappearance of her older sister Mandy. Just before her sister disappeared she visited and was told the women in her family had been cursed. Deena doesn’t believe her sister is dead and sets out on a mission with her best friends to find her.
Like all of Moira’s books, this one is set in Ireland, which to me is the perfect setting for magical realism. As this is set in Ireland, the book touches on some pretty serious and tough topics like abortion and women’s reproductive rights. For those who don’t know, in Ireland, the church and state have overlapped, meaning the church has helped shape the rules and rights in Ireland.
What I loved so much about this book is the fact that Moira isn’t afraid to discuss serious and difficult issues. You can tell she is passionate about whats happening in her country and the rights women have. It was a really great insight into the horrors and unfairness that women still face today in Ireland and what they have faced in the past. In recent history pregnant unwed women and their babies were treated horrifically and Moira gives us a look at these horrors.
Besides the tough topics, I absolutely love her wiring, it’s incredibly magical and will drag you in. All the Bad Apples was really dark and atmospheric, Moira manages to make you feel spooked out or feel that creeping sense of dread the characters are supposed to be feeling. Not only that but the book is descriptive enough to feel like you’re walking though the abandoned buildings or a creepy deserted field with a single bull and a run down witches cabin.
I loved everything about this book but here are a few more things I really enjoyed: the realistic family relationships and dysfunction that takes place, there are many LGBTQ+ characters in the book, curses, banshees, heartache, loss and hope.
Seriously just pick this up, do your self a favour.