It's got all the crackle and verve and mad vivid life we've come to expect but it's so open-hearted and warm, too, and utterly engrossing - it's her best work to date, which is really saying something
No other writer captures the pained, complex lives of damaged young men and women in contemporary Ireland like McInerney does. With her savage wit and caustic eye there's no shirking of the ugly truths of Irish society and the havoc wreaked on innocent lives. This is a raw, intense novel, full of tenderness, humour and above all humanity.
Unsparing, unsentimental, but deeply affectionate...THE RULES OF REVELATION is stylish and relentlessly original
THE RULES OF REVELATION is a perfect end to one of the best trilogies in modern Irish literature. McInerney's writing moves from the tragic to the hilarious with a dazzling deftness, examining a post-Crash Ireland - and its hypocrisy in how it shapes class, art, and feminism - with a gimlet eye. A triumph
An enthralling and expansive novel. There is no mistaking the brilliantly inventive, savage, technicolour bounce of McInerney's prose
The characters, the dialogue, the wit and humanity - everything about this book glows
Impressive . . . As in its predecessors in this, the most essential English-language fiction cycle since St Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels, The Rules of Revelation's scenes are so alive and real, so insidiously affecting, that they weirdly engage most of the senses.
[Lisa McInerney has] high-voltage verve and an acute understanding of Ireland . . . [she is] a richly savage writer and an incisive chronicler of her home country
Flesh and blood, [McInerney's characters] are filled with the same contradictions and insecurities we all possess. On every page, we see how love, death and art inform their personalities . . . McInerney is a talented writer and has a way of injecting fun, farce and pathos when least expected
Few [Irish writers] have their finger on the pulse of contemporary society as strongly as Lisa McInerney. She propels the story via an energetic combination of irreverent dialogue, intimate vernacular and a vivid socio-political backdrop . . . you'll get a genuine sense of modern Ireland post-marriage equality and abortion referendums. You'll also get warmth, humour and an engaging love story amid all the division.
The Rules of Revelation makes its own music, bold and bawdy, as it chases the demons and dragons that tease, thwart and titillate a quartet of women, all living in that city by the Lee
A belting read of drink, drugs, music and finally getting to grips with the past
McInerney's set is as Cork as Barry's Tea and just as strong