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Attrition. Novel.

Ireland, 1927.

A young housemaid, Kitty Coyne, works for the local headmaster, Jonathan Flanagan and his wife, Cora. As well as household duties she helps Cora care for the three young children, however she resents this and is annoyed by the privileges bestowed on the Flanagans by their birthright.

Troubled by her upbringing and living with an abusive mother, Kitty will do anything to improve her life. She opportunistically kills the Flanagan’s son hoping to ruin their ideal life and in the belief that she will be able to comfort Jonathan.

Consumed by grief Cora is unable to look after herself or her family. Kitty tries to take over Cora’s role to impress Jonathan but soon realises that he is only concerned for his wife. Kitty decides that Cora must go.

When Cora is found dead at the bottom of a well it is labelled a tragic accident, however trauma to her skull indicates otherwise. After a brief investigation Kitty is put on trial but her juvenile status saves her from the gallows. Instead she is sentenced to life in Mountjoy Prison.  While incarcerated she is taken in by the Sisters of Charity and then vanishes from the official prison system.

Kitty soon realises that her only way out is the beat the nuns at their own game and she convinces them that she is truly repentant. She eventually becomes Sr. Vincent and begins to supervise young women at a home for unwed mothers. Her caring exterior slips now and then, and her old behaviours are never far away.

England, 1941.

As part of Operation Pied Piper some Irish nuns are sent to care for children in England, who are fleeing the Blitz. Some children die under the care of Sr. Vincent and eventually an investigation begins, instigated by another nun who is wary of Sr. Vincent. On the verge of being exposed Sr. Vincent plots to get rid of her suspicious colleague. The orphanage they are working in suffers a direct hit by the blitzkrieg but Sr. Vincent uses this in her favour. She kills her colleague in the aftermath of the bombing and escapes. Now presumed dead, Sr. Vincent leaves her veil behind and Kitty Coyne uses the opportunity to start over. Again.

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