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    A tale of innocence lost, guilt and penance.

    The Lost Children is a book that thrilled with its mystery and made me feel more than a little sad about the abuse. The writing was succinct and the dialect added a certain effect to bring the world of Glasgow alive in its pages. What The Lost Children does do in great effect is shine light on the world of all those who've suffered at the hands of the society, the religion and the people whom they believed and trusted.
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    Mystery-Murder & More

    The Lost Children by Theresa Talbot Originally published in 2015 as “Penance” Forced work has existed for centuries in most countries of the world. It exists today as well. Whether a child or an adult, being forced to work in poor conditions without pay or for minimal wages is not a nice topic to hear or think about. This story deals with the Magdalene Asylums or at least is based on the fact that they existed and is based on the difficult lives those sent to such places endured. This book flips between scenes from the 50’s to those in the present. The past details parts of the lives of three women in one of the asylums and the horrors they faced. The present storyline is about a journalist that will be doing a presentation on the asylums as part of a series. The story begins with the death of a priest. As his death is explored it becomes partially a police procedural. Oonagh, the TV journalist, was to interview the priest before he was killed. She is in the midst of an affair that is deteriorating and has a few issues of conscience to deal with in relationship to the affair. Her partner is someone that is not a very nice person, or so we learn later, and his backstory is intriguing as it unfolds. Charlie Antonio, a journalists that is on the outs, makes money on the side in rather nefarious ways…he is someone everyone should stay far away from. Tom Findlay, a priest, is about ready to leave the priesthood…he thinks…his part as friend to Oonagh and liaison between her and the church as she writes about the asylum is…interesting. I wondered at the end of the book what his life would be like in the future. DI Alec Davies is a seasoned investigator and rather interesting. He was a bit grumpy and typical of inspectors of a certain type. I believe he could show up in future books if a series were to be written. The three women that are in the 50’s asylum portion have rough lives, horrific issues to contend with and endings that are not happy in the least. This book includes: incest, abuse, child stealing-selling, slavery, blackmail, homosexuality, murder, mystery, self-punishment, mental instability, an affair between a woman and a married man,…and more. It is not an easy read but it is an impactful one. I enjoyed it but did not find it “new” though there were some unexpected twists, turns and revelations that were intriguing. Thank you to NetGalley and Aria for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
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    Great book about troubled time

    The inhumane things done in the name of religion. Probably not the first thing you think about when you choose a mystery book. Yet that’s what #TheLostChildren is about. It’s written by #TheresaTalbot an author I have never heard about but definitely have now put her at the top of my favorite author list. This book is so well written and the subject is handled in such a manner that you don’t hate it even if you are a Catholic which I am but you embrace it and hopefully learn from it. I was totally surprised when I saw that one reviewer had only given this a 2 star rating. It has been a long time since I have across a book of this magnitude and I without any reservations give it the five stars it so richly deserves. I thank #NetGalley and especially Theresa Talbot for giving me the chance of reviewing this book. The subject matter is how unwed mothers get put in homes run by the Catholic Church and the babies then either placed in homes or actually sold. The mothers who in the reality are very young children without too much education are then pretty much put into slavery to help the nuns who run the homes. Eventually as all things do this practice comes to an end when it gets discovered by the outside. The book switches between 1958 and 2000 and is being told by a reporter Oonagh O’Neil and Irene Connolly one of the mothers. I don’t want to get into details about the plot because it nee no explanation. This is a very well written book about a troubled time in history. I totally recommend it.
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    Great read

    Shocking right up until the end, I didn’t want to put it down
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    A book of tragedies

    The Lost Children is a book of tragedies. Towards the end of it, I was struggling to see more to it. If anything, the author makes me count my blessings. The true evil in this book is not where people would think. Everyone is hiding something. Somehow, I think this book is missing an essence that is crucial in delivering the story of awful secrets kept, hence the 4 instead of 5 stars. It’s probably because it’s mostly told from the perspective of an investigative journalist trying to unearth the truth instead of the people actually suffering through the injustice. Still, Theresa Talbot did a respectable job in shedding light to history and in making readers more aware of the cruel things happening out there.
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