Dangerous Women: The compelling and beautifully written mystery about friendship, secrets and redemption

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Penguin Books Limited, Mar 4, 2021 - Fiction - 352 pages

The compelling, gorgeously atmospheric tale of female friendship, redemption and betrayal, inspired by the incredible true story of female convicts at sea

'Beautifully written, an epic sea voyage with an intriguing murder mystery . . . an unputdownable read' KATIE FFORDE

'I was thoroughly entranced by the story, and the great murder mystery kept me guessing throughout. A real joy to read'
5***** Reader Review

'A gorgeous and compelling story with vibrant characters . . . I was fascinated' RACHEL HORE
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London, 1841.

The Rajah sails for Australia.

On board are 180 women convicted of petty crimes, sentenced to start a new life half way across the world.

Daughters, sisters, mothers - they'll never see home or family again. Despised and damned, all they have now is each other.

Until the murder.

As the fearful hunt for a killer begins, everyone on board is a suspect.

The investigation risks tearing their friendships apart . . .

But if the killer isn't found, could it cost them their last chance of freedom?

Based on a real-life voyage, Dangerous Women is a sweeping tale of confinement, hope and the terrible things we do to survive.
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'A fascinating prose patchwork of the women's lives, stitched together by a twisting murder mystery. Engrossing and deeply satisfying - over the course of the journey we learn about the desperate lives of these women, many guilty only of petty crimes' The Times

'Hope Adams has skilfully patched a murder mystery into a historical event . . . Masterful plotting, well-drawn characters . . . an immensely satisfying read' Guardian

'A fine story of suspense, sisterhood and society, reflecting the harshness of women's lives and their desperation to survive in a world that has scant regard for their wellbeing' Daily Mail

'An intriguing murder-mystery, skilfully written and bursting with colour and life' Lucy Atkins, author of Magpie Lane

'Dazzling. A captivating story filled with intrigue and dark secrets. An immensely satisfying tale of guilt, innocent and second chances' Emma Rous, author of The Au Pair

'A fabulous, page-turning novel that kept me gripped. It's impossible not to become engaged with these women' Jane Harris, author of The Observations

'This is a locked room mystery to end all locked room mysteries!' Sophie Bennett, author of The Windsor Knot

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This atmospheric narrative excels in its depiction of the relationship between female prisoners - largely petty criminals - and the tragic backstories that have brought them together' Mail on Sunday

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User Review  - Twink - LibraryThing

First off, I loved that cover! I was aware of the history of the prison ships that delivered convicts to Australia and Van Diemen's Land. (Tasmania) I think its a fascinating piece of history. Knowing ... Read full review

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User Review  - brangwinn - LibraryThing

I enjoyed Christina Baker Kline’s The Exiles about women who were convicted of petty crime and sent to Australia. Dangerous Women is set in the same time and place and is Hope Adams debut novel. 180 ... Read full review

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About the author (2021)

Hope Adams was born in Jerusalem and spent her early childhood in many different countries, including Nigeria and British North Borneo. She now lives near Cambridge. She has written books for children and adults as Adèle Geras.

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