Appearances can be deceiving.
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 everyone is saying about The Abandoned:
“Great fast paced book, great strong characters” Wendy Haines
“An engrossing story which is so hard to look back at and think that things like this really happened not that long ago. A superb debut.” Susan Hampson – Books From Dusk Till Dawn
“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.” Kaisha Holloway – The Writing Garnet
“Brilliant. High expectations are set for future books by Sharon Thompson an author to keep your eye on. A story you won’t forget quickly.” Gemma Myers – Between The Pages Book Club
“The pace throughout is steady with some of the faster-paced parts providing some darker more grittier moments.” Rachel Broughton – Rae Reads
“The perfect mix of Historical Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, and Crime. I’m excited to read more from Sharon Thompson.” Dash Fan Book Reviews
“The Abandoned is a fabulous historical thriller and though I disproved of Peggy’s actions, I thoroughly enjoyed her story.” Susan Corcoran – Booksaremycwtches
“Cannot praise this author highly enough. I will be recommending this to anyone who listens.” Philomena Callan – Cheekypee Reads And Reviews
“This is a superbly written book with a good heavy plot that keeps on giving and opening more.” Sue Ward – Read Along With Sue
“It’s gritty, dark, vivid and sometimes very very brutal (see the blurb for her job descriptions, throw in some violence and you’re halfway there), but always gripping, with dark laughs in there to keep your head above water.” Bernadette Maycock – BRMaycock’s Book Blog
“A very good read that will appeal to readers of thrillers and crime fiction.” Jill Burkinshaw – Books n All
“The Abandoned is a raw and gritty read that I couldn’t put down. Gripped from the off, Peggy’s life is a captivating one that you won’t want to miss. A promising debut from a very promising author. ” Sarah Hardy – By The Letter Book Reviews
“Gripping, emotive, raw, and compelling are just some of the adjectives I could use to describe this stunning debut that will take your breath away.” Linda Green – Books Of All Kinds