All Our Hidden Gifts

By Caroline O’Donoghue

A dark and supernatural contemporary teen debut by author and journalist Caroline O'Donoghue.

I'll give up the tarot readings. I'll apologize to Lily. But Lily doesn't come to school on Monday. Or Tuesday. It's not until Wednesday that the police show up. Maeve Chambers doesn't have much going for her. Not only does she feel like the sole idiot in a family of geniuses, she managed to drive away her best friend Lily a year ago. But when she finds a pack of dusty old tarot cards at school, and begins to give scarily accurate readings to the girls in her class, she realizes she's found her gift at last. Things are looking up – until she discovers a strange card in the deck that definitely shouldn't be there. And two days after she convinces her ex-best friend to have a reading, Lily disappears. Can Maeve, her new friend Fiona and Lily's brother Roe find her? And will their special talents be enough to bring Lily back, before she's gone for good?

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 14+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406393095
  • Published: 27 May 2021
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 400

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Customer reviews


'A supernatural mystery plays out against the backdrop of contemporary Ireland, exploring the theme of acceptance without ever being heavy-handed. O’Donoghue has a keen eye for the complexities of friendships; I predict this one will be catnip to teenage readers.' The Observer

'Thankfully, All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline manages to present a non-binary character with subtlety and warmth. Perhaps it works so well because, being an occult-tinged mystery-romance steeped in Irish folklore, there’s a lot else going on. […] O’Donoghue’s intriguing story takes in myth, history, tensions between Catholic and Protestant, and race in Ireland. Helping the repentant Maeve search for the missing girl is Lily’s nail-polish wearing brother Roe, formerly Rory, who is the essence of fluidity in a novel that’s all about the power of liminal spaces.' The Financial Times

'Fiercely, furiously good. An utterly seductive read.'

'The talented O’Donoghue turns her hand to young adult fiction with this engrossing story of tarot, magic and teen friendship that recalls the best of Diana Wynne-Jones.' The i

'This YA debut from Caroline O’Donoghue knocked me sideways. About tarot, the complexity of friendship & so much more besides. So gripping, so intriguing, so layered and lovely and creepy – All Our Hidden Gifts feels like a book that should have always existed. I’m glad it does.' Kiran Millwood Hargrave

'All Our Hidden Gifts has the most authentic teenage voice I've read in ages. It's spellbinding in its ability to tap into teen issues such as friendship power battles, self-esteem, blooming romance, and social justice and then sprinkles it with magic. I was utterly bewitched, and know I would've read this book a thousand times when I was young.' Holly Bourne

'Grim, gripping and gorgeous. I devoured it.'

'Featured in Grazia’s The 30 Best Books We're Looking Forward To Reading in 2021.' Grazia

'Featured in Cosmopolitan's "The best books to look forward to in 2021"' Cosmopolitan

'O'Donoghue skilfully taps into the angst and intensity of teen friendships.' The Irish Examiner

'Fabulously witchy, feminist and full of the complexities of teenage friendships.' The Bookseller

'If you like your YA spooky and magical, All Our Hidden Gifts is the book for you![...] All Our Hidden Gifts is an emotionally rich novel of loneliness, friendship, and sacrifice. I liked the unpredictability of the story, and the characters absolutely won my heart.' Boswell Books

'I really enjoyed this story and the elements that were seamlessly woven in (i.e. gender fluidity, LGBQTIA) really added to the story. I liked that the author didn't pull any punches and didn't sugar coat anything. It's a great read!' The Wise Owl Books and Music

'This page-turner spans witchiness, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, predatory religious leadership, queer identity, homophobia, and more, all in a gripping story with a creative plot. A must-read!' A Seat at the Table Books

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