The Thorn Girl

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Oct 2019

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A powerful story 
A really powerful story
Marianne was raped, gang raped and sent to ‘A Mum and Baby Unit’ run by the pious Thorns sect ( cult ) based in Ireland 
Adele was born
Marianne died and Adele was brought up by her Nan, when her Nan dies Adele is going through papers and documents and comes across her Mum’s diary....she horrifyingly discovers the truth of what really happened to her Mum
And decides to go to the town it happened in
Reedstown has moved on
But have the rapists

And so starts a very moving story as Adele comes to terms with her Mum’s past and also has to fight for the truth to be told
It is going to cause murders, literally

I keep saying powerful but it really is a powerful book, I believed Adele, I was with her in her fight for justice and her deep sorrow and unexpected joy
The story is rich in descriptive narrative, the scene setting in Ireland and the use of our wonderful language is not off putting but enriching and I loved the way every sentence built a virtual picture
An emotional ending to a difficult subject matter that was handled superbly
A sterling read and one I wont forget
10/10
5 Stars
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This is a compelling and gripping read that I didn’t want to put down. I devoured this book in one sitting. Laura Elliott pulled me in from the very start. This book fully deserves five stars. I highly recommend.
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When Adele Foyle returns to Ireland to clear out her late grandmother's attic, she stumbles upon her mother, Marianne's secret diary which reveals the disturbing chain of events that led to Adele's birth. Adele is horrified to learn that her entire life has been a lie and makes the painful decision to travel to her mother's home town in the hopes of finding some answers to all the horrible secrets described in the diary. When she gets there, she is shocked by the hostility directed towards her and the lengths the villagers will go to to keep the past buried. In My Mother's Name is a gripping, well-plotted thriller that captivated me from the first page to the last. Told from multiple POVs, this story took me on an emotional roller coaster ride as I tried to piece together Marianne's heartbreaking story. Adele was a wonderful character, I admired her strength and her determination to get justice for her mother despite the numerous attempts from villagers to silence her. I rooted for Adele throughout the entire book and my desire to see Marianne finally get the justice she deserved kept me turning the pages way past my usual bedtime. I was so sure that I had correctly put the pieces of the puzzle together. But then the last 25% of the story left me completely shocked. Never once did I imagine the story would go in the direction that it did. It was a brilliant and satisfying ending. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dark, twisty thrillers. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This was a compelling, intriguing, moving, exhilarating, surprising and unputdownable read that I devoured in one sitting, staying awake until the early hours. I had too many questions that needed answers to put it down. This book held me hostage until the last page and it was worth every extra cup of coffee I needed the following day to get them.

When I started this book I wasn’t expecting so many different layers to the story. It was these layers that made it so addictive as this diary, loaded as it is with such heinous accusations, turns out to be just the beginning of a hotbed of decades of lies, corruption and conspiracies in Reedstown. As the layers unravelled truths are revealed and we visit some of the darkest corners of human depravity, but also witness acts of kindness, and the goodness in humanity. 

Though the story is told from multiple points of view, our main focus is on Adele Foyle and her late mother Marianne, who died giving birth to her. Adele was raised by her grandmother and it is only after her death that she finds her mother’s diary. She knows that inside could be the answers to the questions her grandmother refused to give her, but is also worried that she might be better off not knowing. Ultimately, she needs to know and learns the awful truth of her birth and all that her mother suffered. Her anger and need for justice takes over her life, leading her back to Reedstown instead of following her fiance to start their new life in Colorado. She knows she has an uphill battle ahead, but is unprepared for the ferocity of the opposition she faces and the lengths some will go to to silence her and keep the secrets of the past buried. Adele was a well-written character. She is resolute, strong, and steadfast, her rage assailing her. But she is also broken, scared and lost, a young woman grieving the mother that was taken from her and everything she believed to be true that has been shattered. I was rooting for her every step of the way and it was this connection and need to see her get to the truth that kept me turning the pages well into the night. 

Entries from the diary give a voice to Marianne and enable her to be an integral character in the story. We see who she was and learn her innermost thoughts at the most difficult time in her young life. Just fifteen years old, pregnant after rape, torn away from her home and put in the Atonement Home that she calls a prison. Each entry is both heartbreaking and infuriating as she is repeatedly failed by those around her. The decision to make Marianne real through these entries, rather than just a shadow of the past, helped me connect to both her and Adele in her quest for justice. The author wrote characters who got under my skin and I too wanted justice for Marianne and the truth for Adele. 

In My Mother’s Name is an addictive and emotionally charged thriller that had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. This was my first read by this author but it won’t be my last. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading mystery and thrillers.

Thank you to Bookoture and NetGalley for the chance to read and review this novel.
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A good read, a well developed story line with interesting characters, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can recommend.

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
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Adele never met her mother, she was born and raised by a religious group run by Gloria Thornton. Marianne was last seen alive in the town of Reedstown and now with her mother’s diary in hand, Adele journeys there to find out what happened to her mother and see that those responsible are punished. And while those around Adele insist her mother’s diary is a work of fiction, Adele doesn’t believe it. Someone is trying very hard to keep the past buried.
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Amazing book! Kept me on the edge of my seat. Tons of suspense and twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out, I was wrong. Cant wait to read more from this author
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