We are brought in to Peggy’s world in 1950’s Ireland; this is a crime saga book.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Peggy, once I settled in to the book and found her an amazing character that made the best of her situations. Even if I didn’t always agree with her I could sympathise and understand why she took the route she did.
I do think on the whole her heart was in the right place, even if she wasn’t always a warming character to relate to. Not surprising when you read what she has been though in the blurb alone!
This is a high quality debut novel delivered to us by Sharon Thompson, who gave a flavour and reality of a time that isn’t that distant in history. I am so relieved to not have lived those times in Ireland or any place.
This is has a sense of gritty realism which left me wanting to know more and more about the characters that were linked with Peggy, I was thoroughly engrossed.
The writing style is beautiful even if where the book is set isn’t, or the era welcoming for women.
Thompson has put much thought in to this novel and it shows with the details and anguish that is within the pages.
I highly recommend The Abandoned and shall definitely be looking out for more by Sharon Thompson.