The Lost Children by Theresa Talbot
Published: 1st April 2018
Available in Paperback and on Kindle
First in a gripping new thriller series featuring investigative journalist Oonagh O'Neil. Perfect for fans of Broadchurch.
TV journalist and media darling Oonagh O’Neil can sense a sinister coverup from the moment an elderly priest dies on the altar of his Glasgow church. Especially as his death comes as she is about to expose the shocking truth behind the closure of a Magdalene Institution. The Church has already tried to suppress what happened to decades of forgotten women. Is someone also covering their tracks?
DI Alec Davies is appointed to investigate the priest's death. He and Oonagh go way back. But what secrets lie behind the derelict Institution's doors? What sparked the infamous three-day riot that closed it? And what happened to the girls that survived the institution and vowed to stay friends forever?
From Ireland to Scotland.
From life to death.
Oonagh O’Neil is a TV journalist who is on the verge of exposing the secrets behind the Magdalene Institute when her prime link to the place Father Kennedy, mysteriously dies in front of his congregation. Sensing there is more to the priest’s death than just old age Oonagh teams up with fellow priest Father Thomas Findley and DI Alec Davies to uncover the truth behind the priest’s death and what really happened to the poor girls in the Magdalene Institute all those years ago.
Right from the start this book was gripping in the way it portrayed the distressing situation those poor young girls at the Magdalene Institute faced, but this drew me into the very well written story. A story which did get to me emotionally and I’m not ashamed to say a few tears were shed while reading this book. It’s not all completely distressing as there are some lighter moments which break-up the sensitive nature of this story. This mostly comes from the dialogues between Oonagh, Alec and Tom which was like banter between old school friends.
I loved Oonagh as a character, she may come across as fragile and feminine especially when she is on TV but underneath she’s a tough cookie. Throughout the book she relentlessly goes after her story and seeking justice for the lost girls, despite getting herself in some very difficult situations which don’t end well for her. I loved the relationships she built up with both Father Tom and DI Alec Davies, it was refreshing and honest and I really hope these three characters come tighter again in Theresa Talbot’s next book.
In The Lost Children Theresa Talbot has written a gripping and realistic story surrounding this sensitive subject and I think she has pulled it off very well. I highly recommend it if your looking for a gritty and emotional crime fix. I’m really looking forward to where she takes us next with Oonagh O’Neil.
Thank you to Aria and Netgalley for sending me a copy to review and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.
About the Author
Theresa Talbot is a BBC broadcaster and freelance producer. A former radio news editor, she also hosted The Beechgrove Potting Shed on BBC Radio Scotland, but for many she will be most familiar as the voice of the station's Traffic & Travel. Late 2014 saw the publication of her first book, This Is What I Look Like, a humorous memoir covering everything from working with Andy Williams to rescuing chickens and discovering nuns hidden in gardens. She's much in demand at book festivals, both as an author and as a chairperson.
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