Today it is my stop on the #blogtour for The Abandoned by Sharon Thompson.
What everyone is saying about The Abandoned:
★★★★★ “Great fast paced book, great strong characters” Wendy Haines
★★★★★ “A well deserved five stars and would highly recommend this story to all” Gemma Myers
The Abandoned by Sharon Thompson
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.
Peggy is a survivor. Her mother had serious mental health issues, she has been abused and imprisoned but she wont be broken. She takes a young girl she meets inside under her wing and moves in to number 34 to run a brothel with an abortion clinic on the side.
Despite everything she has done you have to love her. She is a brilliant character, feisty and sassy as they come. Her ‘girls’ come in all shapes and sizes. As the story progresses Peggy finds herself entangled with some bad people and is not sure how she is going to untangle herself. When angry people keep turning up on her doorstep she goes in search of the only family she knows of and from there her life takes another drastic turn.
Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire Peggy is a walking disaster area. As the story progresses we find that she may be down but she definitely isn’t out and she finds a way to leave her past behind for good as she takes on a new name and new life but all is not as it seems.
This is a steadily moving story of a woman’s struggle to find her way in a cruel world but every turn brings her face to face with another battle in the war that her life has become.
A very good read that will appeal to readers of thrillers and crime fiction.
Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.
Sharon Thompson lives in Donegal, Ireland. She is a member of Imagine, Write, Inspire. This is a writing group, under the mentorship of HarperCollins author Carmel Harrington. Sharon’s short stories have been published in various literary magazines and websites. #WritersWise is her collaboration with writer, Dr Liam Farrell. This is a trending, fortnightly, promotional tweet-chat with corresponding Facebook page and website (www.writerswise1.wordpress.com). Its mission is to encourage and support writers to reach as wide an audience as possible. Although she mostly writes crime fiction, Sharon does have a fun-side and she writes the quirky Woman’s Words column for the Donegal Woman wesbite. Sharon Thompson. Writing Fun is her writing page on Facebook and she tweets @sharontwriter.