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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Lost Children by Theresa Talbot



The first in a series involving journalist Oonagh O'Neil and detective Davies this was a very emotional read. I had read about the Magdalene homes and laundries and thought this was a horrific way for the Church to behave. There are no excuses when it is said it was symptomatic of their times. Compassion or sympathy as a human being was never part of these places and this story revolves around the children who were born, forcibly adopted and lost forever.

Oonagh knows that something is not quite right when Father Watson collapses on the altar of his church. A cranky priest with whom she has had run ins before, Oonagh is perturbed because she was to have an interview with him on the day he died and she just has an instinct that he was about to go out on a big reveal. Was his death a cover up. When attacks escalate and Oonagh herself is a victim narrowly escaping death the Inspector does know that things are not what they seem. Having to tackle an influential church is a daunting task and one that could get him buried as well.

The story tracks girls in general and one in particular - and the ramifications and trauma to the mind decades later. Unraveling it so that justice of some kind could be obtained for even one woman and some peace of mind is Oonagh's own aim. When her own convoluted love life gets in the way, it adds to the emotional roller coaster she is on.

Brilliant novel.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Aria.

9 comments:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds really good. Adding it to my wishlist!

bermudaonion said...

You've convinced me I need to get this book.

Cleo Bannister said...

This sounds fantastic and just the kind of novel I'd enjoy - it is going on the wishlist!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I enjoyed reading your review. This is a new book to me, Mystica, and covers an historical topic I am very interested in, so I am going to look for a copy of this book.

Vicki said...

Not my usual read, but I think I'd like this.

Blodeuedd said...

I do like a roller coaster and this one sound good

carol said...

Sounds like a really good one. And I like that it's the first in the series.

Yvonne said...

This sounds like a really good one.

Literary Feline said...

This sounds like an emotional book--and a story well worth reading. I will have to add this one to my wish list.