Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry

Dark Lies the Island

Kevin Barry

192 pages first pub 2012 (editions)

fiction short stories reflective slow-paced


A new book from the winner of the 2012 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Prize.      A kiss that just won't happen. A disco at the end of the world. A teenage goth on a terror mission. And OAP kiddie-snatchers, scouse real-ale enthusiasts,...

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Community Reviews Summary of 126 reviews


funny 83%
reflective 83%
dark 66%
emotional 66%
challenging 33%
mysterious 33%
lighthearted 16%
sad 16%
tense 16%


medium 66%
slow 16%
fast 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 50%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 66% | Yes: 33%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 33% | No: 33% | Yes: 33%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

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