Our Author in the Spotlight – Rae Cairns
Rae Cairns is a former youth worker who worked in Northern Ireland during the final years of ‘The Troubles’ mentoring disadvantaged Catholic and Protestant youth, many, children of the paramilitaries – such as the IRA (Irish Republican Army) and UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force). Working and living in a country at war with itself was life-changing, challenging and at times harrowing, yet she met some amazing human beings who to this day dedicate themselves to reconciliation. Although events she witnessed inspired the idea for her novel, ‘The Good Mother’ is a work of fiction.
How far would you go to protect the ones you love?
Seventeen years after secretly witnessing a brutal IRA execution, Australian soccer mum Sarah Calhoun is forced to return to Belfast to testify at the murderer’s trial. But she faces an impossible choice – lie on the stand and allow a monster to run free, or tell the truth and place her children in the sights of a vindictive killer.
With the lives of her family and thousands of innocent people on the line, Sarah must overcome fear and betrayal, and in the end risk everything to put things right.