The Rachel Incident

The Rachel Incident

Hardback Published on: 22/06/2023
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The Rachel Incident
A Perfect Coming Of Age Novel
Rachel has fallen in love with her university tutor and when the chance comes to host an event to market his book at the bookshop where she works with her ... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
The Rachel Incident
Messy, coming-of-age drama
I really, really enjoyed this! It’s a wonderful coming of age Irish novel that deals with the excruciating pain of first loves and unrequited loves. Whilst... READ MORE
The Rachel Incident
Funny, romantic, and totally unexpected
Rachel is facing a lot of the typical problems of all twentysomethings, and she does this alongside her closeted best friend, James, in their freezing hous... READ MORE
Rebecca at Tunbridge Wells
The Rachel Incident
one of the best of the year
This was an unexpected favourite of the year for me. Books primarily about friendships speak directly to my soul as they are the relationships in my life t... READ MORE


The Rachel Incident is an all-consuming love story. But it's not the one you're expecting. It's unconventional and messy. It's young and foolish. It's about losing and finding yourself. But it is always about love. When Rachel falls in love with her married professor, Dr Byrne, her best friend James helps her devise a plan to seduce him. But what begins as a harmless crush soon pushes their friendship to its limits. Over the course of a year they will find their lives ever more entwined with the Byrnes' and be faced with impossible choices and a lie that can't be taken back.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349013558
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 557g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 34 mm

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The Rachel Incident
Messy, horny, briliant
I read the entirety of The Rachel Incident by Caroline O’Donoghue in a weekend and refused to put it down, even while walking. I can’t explain the sheer un... READ MORE
Lizzie | @littlehux
The Rachel Incident
Joyous, dramatic and seductive
The Rachel Incident follows Rachel and James in their messy uni years; working in a bookshop and living in a sub-par flat together whilst watching sitcoms.... READ MORE
ashleigh Beames
The Rachel Incident
A wonderful coming of age read
“The Rachel Incident is an all-consuming love story. But it's not the one you're expecting. It's unconventional and messy. It's young and foolish. It's abo... READ MORE
The Rachel Incident
Funny, messy, mortifying, real
The Rachel Incident by Caroline O'Donoghue The funniest, the most touching, the most brilliantly plotted love story I have read in ages, which captures th... READ MORE
The Rachel Incident
Novel of the summer
The Rachel Incident is about the messiness of being in your early 20s. Rachel is living in Cork during the global financial crisis, studying for her Englis... READ MORE
Jess D