Five Days on Ballyboy Beach by David O’Brien

Posted December 7, 2015 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 1 Comment


Five Days on Ballyboy Beach by David O’Brien

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
Five Days on Ballyboy Beach by David O’BrienFive Days on Ballyboy Beach by David J. O'Brien
Published by Tirgearr Publishing on September 19th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 205
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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A startling revelation - the long-time friend you never viewed romantically is actually the person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life.But what do you do about it?
For Derek, a laid-back graduate camping with college friends on Ireland's west coast in the summer of 1996, the answer is … absolutely nothing.
Never the proactive one of the group - he's more than happy to watch his friends surf, canoe and scuba-dive from the shore - Derek adopts a wait and see attitude. Acting on his emotional discovery is further hindered by the fact he's currently seeing someone else - and she's coming to join him for the weekend.
As their five days on the beach pass, and there are more revelations, Derek soon realises that to get what he desires, he'll have to take it. Events conspire to push him to the forefront of the group, and, as unexpected sorrow begins to surround him and his friends, Derek grasps his chance at happiness. After all, isn’t life too short to just wait and see?

Main points

I liked this book, although it was a bit sad at the end. I liked that it was a snapshot, a brief window into someone’s life. Just a short segment where two very important things happen.

There is a bit of drama, but I liked how it didn’t overwhelm everything. Even when things were getting to be too much, Derek could always go off and find comfort in nature. The descriptions were very good. It was very easy to visualize the locations and what was going on.

I did think that the people could have been described more. There were a lot, so it would have been harder, but the main characters should have been. I felt like we got to see enough of Derek to get to know what he was like, but not enough of Sinéad or John or Bill or Jessica. Or Sarah. We got just enough to understand how they fit in the story, but not enough to really see them as people. It made the two events seem less real, somehow.

It felt like a short book that could have been longer, but it was enjoyable. I really liked the descriptions and the philosophical questions. There was a lot of thinking and questioning going on, and the dialogue felt very realistic, which is unusual. The ending was…bittersweet.

 reaction upon finishing

Aw! That was depressing! ):

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About David J. O’Brien

David is a writer, ecologist and teacher from Dublin, Ireland, now living in Pamplona Spain. He has a degree in environmental biology and doctorate in zoology, specialising in deer biology and is still involved in deer management in his spare time.

As an avid wildlife enthusiast and ecologist, much of David’s non-academic writing, especially poetry, is inspired by wildlife and science. While some of his stories and novels are contemporary, others seek to describe the science behind the supernatural or the paranormal.

A long-time member of The World Wildlife Fund, David has pledged to donate 10% of his royalties on all his hitherto published books to that charity to aid with protecting endangered species and habitats.

Overall: three-stars


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David J. O'Brien

Thanks for hosting the book. Glad you liked it. Sorry I wasn’t available at the time – just had a new baby and things have been hectic, but any questions you and your readers might have I’d be delighted to answer.
Best wishes