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Book review: The Unkillable Kitty O’Kane, by Colin Falconer

Book cover from Goodreads

Rating: ⭐️☆☆☆☆

Title: The Unkillable Kitty O’Kane

Author: Colin Falconer

Genre: Fiction, Romance

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I am so angry that this book was classified as historical fiction. Like, I get it, the story in the book happened across some of the biggest events in history, and it’s a fiction, therefore it can be categorised as a historical fiction. But, come the f on. I think categorising this as a romance book would have been the right way to go. Honestly, the whole time I read this book I kept on hoping there was something of significance would happen to Kitty amidst the many historical event that she encounter, but nope. Through and through it was just about Kitty’s love life that was the centre stage of this book; whether Kitty will get her happily ever after; with whom Kitty will have her happily ever after.

The way the story starts for Kitty seems like a start of something great for her. Her abusive background seems like it was going to be a catalyst for Kitty. Her spirit after surviving the sinking of Titanic seems like Kitty was definitely going to be doing something of significance, the way she kept on saying in the book. She was involved in the suffragette and I genuinely start to have a soft spot for her. She really was trying to make a different for women. But then, she had to get on her high horse and think that the fact she’s not married and not tied up to raise children means that she is better than other women who are actually married and had to raise their children, either as a working mum or as a housewife. I’m like, what girl? At least these women knew what they want, and here you are not even knowing the hell you’re trying to do for yourself, let alone for other women.

I am so mad at Kitty as a character, I can’t believe I have wasted a good proportion of my time reading a book about a woman who thinks too highly of herself and then have the book end with nothing to make out of it, except for how awful this book and Kitty as a character was. I can’t believe we let someone wrote a character like Kitty and actually made the reader believe there was going to be something significant from the story other than a false advertisement of a female character that seems to be able to do something of a significance, but nope. Honestly, I am just so angry reading it. I truly would never recommend this book.

From Goodreads

When fiery and idealistic Kitty O’Kane escapes the crushing poverty of Dublin’s tenements, she’s determined that no one should ever suffer like she did. As she sets out to save the world, she finds herself at the forefront of events that shaped the early twentieth century. While working as a maid, she survives the sinking of the Titanic. As a suffragette in New York’s Greenwich Village, she’s jailed for breaking storefront windows. And traveling war-torn Europe as a journalist, she’s at the Winter Palace when it’s stormed by the Bolsheviks. Ultimately she returns to her homeland to serve as a nurse in the Irish Civil War.

During Kitty’s remarkable journey, she reunites with her childhood sweetheart, Tom Doyle, but Tom doesn’t know everything about her past—a past that continues to haunt her. Will Kitty accept that before she can save everyone else, she needs to find a way to save herself? Or will the sins of her past stop her from pursuing her own happiness?


You do the little that you can, then you go home and live your life. You can’t spend your whole life going up and down the same beach. Otherwise it never ends.

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