Star-crossed lovers and classic mafia culture come together in a thrilling young adult debut.
Catherine’s novel Vendetta is inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and combines the famous tale of star-crossed lovers with classic mafia culture in modern-day Chicago. The first in a trilogy of young adult books, Vendetta is a thrilling, emotionally-charged debut.
When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell's life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys' dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties - the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with.
Born in Ireland in 1990, Catherine studied for a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology before settling on the world of books with a Master’s Degree in Literature & Publishing. With the first instalment of her trilogy described as 'a great YA contemporary with swoony, sexy romance and a dark, gritty twist' by fellow young adult author Maggie Hall, the next book in the trilogy is certain to be eagerly awaited.
- Festival dates:
- 10-26 August 2019
- Programme launch:
- June 2019