Craig makes a dreadful mistake and then compounds it
by having a torrid affair with the wrong man. Powerful
"A moment of ambition put before absolute concern for
a psychiatric patient somersaults Dr Tessa Craig's career
prospects and throws her personal life into turmoil,
as she grapples with perverse passion, the shallowness
of her marriage and a disturbing empathy with the dead
woman. Engrossing and affecting."
"It's always good to find a new author you like and
with her new novel, Alysson's Shoes, Margaret Leroy
is going to the top of my list. Tessa Craig is an ambitious
psychiatrist with a fast-track career plan and a suitable,
if less than sparkling, marriage to match. Then the
unthinkable happens and Tessa's orderly life is thrown
into disarray as she has to deal with guilt, public
disgrace and a startling and dangerous life affair.
A gripping novel which is ultimately life-enhancing."
"Tessa Craig is an ambitious psychiatrist, whose comfortable
life is changed utterly after she prematurely discharges
a severely mentally ill patient. This error of judgment
sets off a catastrophic chain of events. Former therapist
Margaret Leroy's new novel is a dark and unsettling
Sunday Tribune, Dublin
"The insight into each person is excellent and by the
end of the book one feels one knows every character
personally. I couldn't put it down and would recommend
it for individuals and book groups alike."
"Tessa seems almost too authentic at first; her life
and thoughts barely rise above the middle-class mundane.
But by placing this paragon of normality in the centre
of an unfathomable catastrophe, Leroy creates a chilling
sense of how one bad decision can turn even the most
ordinary life into chaos, while her elegant, poetic
writing softens the realism without lessening the impact
of an intriguing tale."
"The compelling story of Tessa Craig, a psychiatrist
who makes the wrong call, releasing a mentally ill patient
who then fatally stabs a stranger: the Alysson of the
title. Alysson's partner and family blame the doctor,
her colleagues back away from her and she finds herself
enmeshed in the legal, insurance and career implications
of her error. Understated and beautifully observed,
Alysson's Shoes is a sad study of a life unravelled
"This is a passionate novel that
turns the classic murder story on its head by providing
diverse viewpoints. As the author weaves a web of deceit
that traps all the characters, the pitch becomes gripping