Sarah Gilmartin / Fiction

Book cover

UK Publisher

Pushkin Press

Date Published

May 4th, 2023

The waitress. The chef. The chef’s wife. Three different stories, but which one contains the truth?

When Hannah learns that famed chef Daniel Costello is facing accusations of sexual assault, she’s thrust back to the summer she spent as a waitress at his high-end Dublin restaurant. Drawn in by the plush splendour of the dining rooms, the elegance of the food, the wild parties after service, Hannah also remembers the sizzling tension of the kitchens. And how the attention from Daniel morphed from kindness into something darker…

His restaurant shuttered, his lawyers breathing down his neck, Daniel is in a state of disbelief. Decades of hard graft, of fighting to earn recognition for his talent – is it all to fall apart because of something he can barely remember?

Hiding behind the bedroom curtains from the paparazzi lenses, Julie is raking through more than two decades spent acting the supportive wife, the good mother, and asking herself what it’s all been for.

Their three different voices reveal a story of power and abuse, victimhood and complicity. This is a novel about the facades that we maintain, the lies that we tell and the courage it takes to face the truth.


Pushkin ONE


Sarah Gilmartin gives us a snapshot of a celebrity kitchen in that heady boom-time just before implosion, mining not just the egregious misogyny and violence in service culture, but the paralysis, the blind spots, and the silence that permitted it… Service is gripping, fearless and raw. I could not put it down.

- Una Mannion

Absolutely compelling. Every page fizzes with energy and observation. Gilmartin combines effortless, elegant writing with a momentum that propels you onwards, barely pausing until you've reached the end. A masterful novel.

- Rebecca Wait

A hugely gripping literary page-turner. Sharp, visceral and shocking

- Claire Powell

Hooked by Daniel Costello's predatory charms, and then by a thirst for natural justice, I raced through Service. Sarah Gilmartin is a smart, stylish and darkly funny writer.

- Aingeala Flannery

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