The Unkillable Kitty O'Kane by Colin Falconer

The Unkillable Kitty O'Kane

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 ...

Details The Unkillable Kitty O'Kane

TitleThe Unkillable Kitty O'Kane
Release DateDec 1st, 2017
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Unkillable Kitty O'Kane

  • Lisa
    *Received this book in a Goodreads giveaway for free*The title and cover image are terribly misleading. I thought this would be a story about a woman who strengthens and grows over the course of the novel, who triumphs in the end. Instead, Kitty runs away from a horrific home life in Dublin and become a stewardess for White Star Lines. Thus, she is on the Titanic and survives it's sinking. It's on that ship where she meets two men who will influe...
  • Tonya
    I get really tired of all the authors using bad language. While a good story, I didn’t even want to finish the book due to bad language. Granted, I have been going through kind of a dry spell and finding things to read. As my eyesight fades, I have to think about how I’m going to read. I am always interested in other peoples ideas of what is a good Kindle book.
  • Judy Barker
    I got the book as a kindle first book of the month. The historical events and time period intrigued me, as did the potential of one character witnessing so many of them. Kitty is not your typical heroine. She does not have a lot of tools to change her initial situation. She uses the tools that she can to remove herself from the slums and continues to do so throughout the book. Many people find fault with the way she is attached to men who are bad...
  • Amanda Helling
    The premise of this novel intrigued me & I was able to purchase a Kindle edition for a few dollars. I was wildly disappointed by the book.It was featured in an email from Amazon and I wanted a book to read. The summary indicated it would be a story about a strong woman who faced down adversity and went on adventures. Instead it was a strong girl who grows into a woman buffeted about by horrible men. It is exactly what I feared would come of a man...
  • Mary Schatz
    I've read a number of books lately with intrepid young women in the early 1900's finding their way in the world. I've really enjoyed novels about these pioneering women (Radio Girls, The Secret Life of Violet Gray, Lilac Girls) I expected this book to be similar, but it really isn't. Kitty O'Kane is presented as a feisty, smart, unconventional young woman. I guess she sort of is? She follows around unconventional men. But, she is always with and ...
  • Karen Thompson
    A takeoff about two real journalists who wrote about wars in the early 1900's, this book was extremely interesting in so many ways. Kitty O'Kane grew up in an Irish household with an alcoholic, abusive father and all she ever wanted was to get away, and this she did. She worked as a maid on the Titanic where she met a journalist who asked her to join him as he covered different wars of the time. This led her to faraway places and unbelievable liv...
  • Tawni Winns
    What a life! Bad luck seemed to follow this girl like a shadow. She wanted so badly to leave her mark on the world and she did but just not in the way that she imagined. Her whole life she had all of these near misses, she could never get things to come together the way she wanted it. I admire her gumption to keep pressing forward in situations when someone else would have given up.
  • Linda
    Liked it at the beginning...disliked it by the middleI couldn't finish the book...too depressing and disappointing. I expected the heroine to be a strong independent character, after all she is referred to as the unkillable Kitty Okane is she not? Well by the middle of the book she was a winey female who kept following her lover,who she did not love, around the world letting him humiliate her over and over again. 3/4ths the way through I gave up!...
  • Mary Barrett
    Five starsThis book has been an adventure, from the beginning, to the end. From the terrible poverty and abusive father in the Irish Slums of Dublin, to working for the White Star line aboard the Titanic, Kitty O'Kane lead a whale of a life. Colin Falconer does a good job leading us through trauma, and terror of her life. Of course, the silver lining we all hope for is there for rescue, if she will only grab for it... Well written and well edited...
  • Hillary
    This was yet another Kindle First Book and a pretty good choice. The idea is intriguing: A young woman who is an observer/participant in many world events in the first part of the 20th century. Not only that, but she rises up from abject poverty in the process. This novel is based on several true events and people, but is definitely fiction.Kitty is a strong character who has withstood and survived poverty and abuse. She is also very much a produ...
  • Lorna
    This book was fantastic. Some people think the only good ending is a happy one, and that those who successfully forge a river, do it with out getting wet. Its a historic truth, that great things only come from great sacrifice, and often the person or person's making that sacrifice don't get to see the end results. This woman's dreams were very much fulfilled in her own strength and character!And, she did help others, by telling her story. She cou...
  • Irene Adam
    I received a free advance e-copy of this book and have chosen to write an honest and unbiased review. I have no personal affiliation with the author. Wow! What a great story. Colin Falconer has outdone himself. Kitty lived an amazing life. What an amazing and strong woman. She never gave up. Whenever she was knocked down she picked herself up and kept right on going. This is the best book that I’ve read this year. Couldn’t put it down. I love...
  • Barbara
    Well written, but highly improbable. I don't think I'll recommend it. The sad irony of the story - spoiler - is that the heroine spends her life fighting for women's independence, but is just as much dependent upon the men in her life as the women she pities; she finds true happiness when she falls in love and agrees to {gasp} marry. I realized early on that the section about the Russian revolution was loosely based on characters from "Reds," but...
  • Linz Bassett
    I obtained this book on Kindle First. I started to really enjoy it, but once Lincoln got involved I didn't find it that enjoyable. I feel like with a title like "The Unkillable Kitty O'Kane" Kitty really needs to be this in your face Bad A** main character, and for me, she wasn't. The book felt more like it was all about what she had to do to make Lincoln happy. This book had a lot of potential and fell extremely short. Check out my full review a...
  • Barbara Muscolo
    Just didn't quite grab meI got this book as my Kindle First book this month. It was all right, but it didn't really work for me for one reason: I thought the heroine was highly unsympathetic and unlikable. I just couldn't warm up to Kitty, not the men in her life. She seemed shallow and uncaring. Of course, one might argue that her background, upbringing and circumstances in life made her that way, but I did not care for her and at the end of the...
  • Beth
    Excellent historical novelThis is probably the best book I've read in a good long while. The author is a fine craftsman and a diligent scholar-researcher. I cared about the characters; the plot was involving despite nearly all of it being not-so-ancient history. It even reminded me about my love affair with Russia (in the old Imperial and Soviet meanings of that term.) My daughters would like this book too, perhaps. The main character has her wea...
  • Trish
    I received this book as a Kindle First book. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I must admit that I got tired of Kitty always showing up at major disasters or major events during the first part of the 20th century. I realize that her character and that of Lincoln were based on real people, but, after a while, I just couldn't believe that she, in particular, would have been present at so many seminal events. That being said, if you can suspend yo...
  • Anne
    So Why Did She Need a ManThe story was a great vehicle for talking about all the world changing activities of the early 1900’s: WWI, the situation in Ireland, the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, as well as the sinking of two passenger liners. The protagonist is a strong woman and well portrayed. Bisutería it bothered me that, for all her independent mindedness, she still needed to have a man in her life.
  • Donna
    The perfect book to read after a trip to Ireland, when a bit of jet lag remains and you don’t want to return to reality just yet. A quick and enjoyable read that strains credulity at times, but, if you let Kitty scoop you up and join her on her journey through life, you won’t be sorry. Like a scrappy Zelig, Kitty is always in the right (or wrong) place at just the perfect moment to be part of history being made.
  • Koala
    Stayed up all night reading. A full and memorable character with a life based on true events. History buffs as well as love story readers would enjoy this. I tore through this on a 3 day ferry ride in Patagonia. She is a complex and lovable character set in interesting times. I like his writing style and appreciate a male writer who gets a woman's point of view. I will Look for more of his books.
  • Johnnie Mae
    I liked this book, I gave it four stars because it started with a bang but sadly ended with a pop.The ending was a big disappointment, with all the dangerous, exciting and adventurous things that happened to this heroine, I expected an extraordinary ending. Instead she choose a safe life with the handsome but boring doctor. Why did you kill off the most interesting character, Lincoln. After he died the story went downhill from there.
  • Corey Ruffer
    Shallow HistoryThe situations and historical details of this story were entertaining, the characters were not. The title character, in particular, seemed poorly formed. While reading, I felt as though the author never got to know Miss Kitty O'Kane, and so, of course, the readers will never know her either. She may be unkillable, but this book certainly is.
  • Kate Stulce
    Mixed bagI found it interesting how the author wove those bits of history together and it held my interest. The book may have really deserved a 4. But I didn't like how contrived the plot began to feel ( admittedly due to all the history woven into it,which was one of the things I liked!)
  • Sharon
    The general premise was ok. It seemed a bit over the top that she survived so many disasters though I guess some of it was based on reality. But what I really didn't like was that she was supposedly strong but kept making stupid decisions and following a man without using her sense. It was a contradiction I just couldn't get past.
  • Mary Anne Etzel
    A Daring DamselA. Vivid picture of life in the slums of Dublin. The story then moves in several directions as Kitty leaves the slums on the Titanic. The book gives us a vision of what life was like as women struggled to get the vote, of the Russian Revolution, of how little power women had in the early 1900's. This book kept my interest; it was well written.
  • Matt Stucky
    This was a well written historical fiction book. Much of the actual history going on around the main character did occur, but specific events and the characters themselves did not. This is a story about finding one's independence, but allowing the dependence we all need in our lives. I would definitely recommend this book.
  • Ashley A Castagnetto
    Couldn't put it down...From the first page I was hooked! I couldn't put the book down... stayed up after 1am reading it. This novel is very well written and flows smoothly. Normally you can tell that something is going to happen but I was definitely caught off guard a couple times. I would definitely recommend this book to family and friends!
  • Alamelu Danek
    i really enjoyed this book. while it seems unbelievable at times, i suppose it is possible for one person to come through so many near death experiences. i do wish the author had extended the story to give us more than a mere glimpse of her life after she marries Thomas.
  • Monica Scott
    Excellent book.I found this book by accident and thoroughly enjoyed it. There is real life poverty, hardships and war based on facts. The story also has romance and adventure showing one woman trying to find her way in the world, fighting for the rights of women.
  • Janet Sydnor
    Epic tale of a poor Irish girl who goes on to lead a remarkable but unsatisfying life. Good choice for a cold winter read, enough drama and melodrama to be entertaining and you can't help but root for her, even when she's being a nincompoop.