Delighted to be kicking off Sharon Thompson’s blog tour today, alongside many other bloggers! Big thanks to Sarah Hardy for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of ‘The Abandoned’. Here is my review:
Peggy Bowden has not had an easy life. As a teenager her mother was committed to an asylum and then a local priest forced her into an abusive marriage. But when her husband dies in an accident Peggy sees an opportunity to start again and trains as a midwife.
In 1950s Dublin it is not easy for a woman to make a living and Peggy sees a chance to start a business and soon a lucrative maternity home is up and running. But when Peggy realizes that the lack of birth control is an issue for women, she uses their plight as a way to make more money. Very soon Peggy is on the wrong side of the law.
What makes a woman decide to walk down a dark path? Can Peggy ever get back on the straight and narrow? Or will she have to pay for her crimes?
Set against the backdrop of Ireland in the 1950’s The Abandoned tells the story of one woman’s fight for survival and her journey into the underbelly of a dangerous criminal world.
What does TWG think?
Oh my flipping goodness!!!!! They weren’t wrong when they called this book a ‘thriller’, were they?!
I have to admit – I struggled with ‘The Abandoned’ to begin with. I spent several chapters thinking ‘what the flip flop am I reading?’, yet I was far too intrigued to stop reading! I know, I know – I don’t understand myself either! When you read this book you might understand where I am coming from.
‘The Abandoned’ is rather dark and quite often disturbing. Well, I thought so anyway! The more of the storyline I read, the more in tune I became with the characters way of life, and the outcomes of the situations in which they found themselves in (even though most of it was their own doing but let’s not split hairs!!!).
I cannot believe I am about to say this, but several times throughout the book I actually found myself feeling sorry for Peggy. She had the vibe of a very lost soul who can no longer find her way in life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not condoning the things she got up to at all – they were horrendous, I just felt sorry for her and the fact she was incredibly lonely.
However, my empathy for such a character only went so far! Just when I thought we were seeing a different side to Peggy, she stuck two fingers up at the law and carried on the only way she knew how – the wrong way.
I loved how fast paced and chilling every part of this novel was, as it certainly kept me on my toes from start to finish, keeping my level of intrigued peaked until the very last second.
Dark, disturbing, dangerous, and quite weirdly fabulous, the chances of you abandoning ‘The Abandoned’ are quote slim to nil – it really is THAT addictive!
‘The Abandoned’ is available to buy right NOW from Amazon.
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