“Toxic People” – another pulsating psychological thriller from Clontarf author

The book that asks 'How well do you know your family?'

by Rose Barrett
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“Toxic People” a new psychological thriller set in Dublin by Clontarf author S D Monaghan is exactly what I’m looking to read during my next holiday – “I just couldn’t put it down till I was finished!” book.

An apt title, as Sean’s latest work entails a couple being evicted from the deserved inheritance of their beautiful and much-loved marital Dublin home; threats to a business, reputation and life of one of Ireland’s leading luxury house and home media figures and the central dynamic between a daughter and a mother with Narcissism Personality Disorder (NPT) – a perfect toxic formula to deliver yet another psychological tale that is all set in the author’s native Clontarf and Raheny (albeit the names may have changed!).

Sean (aka S D) grew up in his native Clontarf where he returned to live with his wife Anne (Hughes) some years ago. The author of the acclaimed “The Accident” and “The Family at No 13”- which between them sold over 100,000 copies- he is Ireland’s only male author of psychological/domestic thrillers all set in Ireland.  Sean has already featured in the top ten Amazon thriller lists in Australia, Canada, the UK and Ireland.

Having grown up in Clontarf in the’70s and ‘80s, Sean attended Belgrove National School before attending St Paul’s Secondary School in Raheny. Accountancy, he thought was to be his future career while he worked for an insurance company, he was six months into his accountancy studies when he decided to drop out and instead, travelled to Thailand for a year.

There he taught English and loved the experience. Away from the rigours of accountancy and insurance, the young Dub began writing and realised this was what his future was going to entail – writing, writing and more writing!

“I’m making a living now as my last two books sold over 100,000 and the audio sales were brill!” said Sean. “At last, my decision to leave accountancy was justified. I returned home to Ireland, went back to college as a mature student studying psychology and was taken on at Trinity College for a Masters in Creative Writing under Richard Ford, a Pulitzer prize winner.”

Sean has always loved dark psychological thrillers written by Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho), Liz Nugent (Lying in Wait, Skin Deep – novels which feature such truly unlikeable characters), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and Lionel Striver (We need to talk about Kevin). Before Sean and his wife Anne returned to Dublin, he further studied script writing for a year in Toronto, an invaluable craft as he can now see his novels transforming easily into film genre.

“Current feedback from the new novel is very positive,” said Sean. “Especially from fellow authors such as Patricia Gibney and Liz Nugent.”

S D Monaghan hosted a quiet, informal launch of his latest thriller ‘Toxic People’ in recent weeks.

Awais Khan, author of In the Company of Strangers and No Honour described it as “Propulsive and immersive, Toxic People takes you on a rollercoaster ride, and will not allow you to draw breath until you’ve consumed every last page. This book kept me up at night, as I desperately read on to find out what happened next. A thriller for the ages”’  
‘I read Toxic People over the weekend and it was a riveting read. 

Patricia Gibney, bestselling author of the Detective Lottie Parker series was another who claims to be captivated by S D Monaghan’s creative writing. “I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough to find out what would happen next, even though the toxicity of some of the characters leapt off the pages – two of them in particular! Sean’s writing is so good; the plot and pacing ticks all the boxes for me.”  

Indeed, Liz Nugent, now one of Ireland’s most popular selling authors said: “Reading Toxic People by S D Monaghan is the reading equivalent of walking a tightrope between two high buildings! We are afraid to take our eyes off the page to get to the finish. Beautifully written, the story reveals itself at breath-taking pace, the plot is taut and clever and the characters entirely credible.  Compulsive, intriguing and wildly entertaining, Toxic People is a terrific read and S  D Monaghan has hit the ground running!”’  

Published by @lumebooks, available now from Amazon – Toxic People will definitely have you asking, ‘How well do you know your family?’ But the good news is that Spar on Vernon Avenue will soon be selling the book with further book stores in the area to have S D’s latest thriller in stock. Well worth the wait……

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