Dangerous Women by Hope Adams

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Dangerous Women
Hope Adams
General Fiction (Adult) | Historical Fiction | Women's Fiction
Penguin Michael Joseph UK
04 Mar 2021


London, 1841.

Two hundred Englishwomen file aboard the Rajah, the ship that will take them on a three-month voyage to the other side of the world. They're daughters, sisters, mothers - and convicts. Transported for petty crimes. Except one of their number is a secret killer, fleeing justice.

When a woman is mortally wounded, the hunt is on for the culprit. But who would attack one of their own, and why?

Based on a true story, Dangerous Women is a sweeping tale of confinement, loss, love and, above all, hope in the unlikeliest of places.

I recently had the pleasure of reading Dangerous Women by Hope Adams and I must say, it was an enthralling and captivating read from start to finish.

Set in 19th century London, this historical fiction novel transports readers to a world of danger, deception, and strong-willed women. The story follows a group of convicts on their journey to Australia, but what makes this tale truly unique is the fact that all of the convicts are actually women. Each character has their own distinct personality and backstory, making them all the more intriguing to follow. Adams skillfully weaves together multiple perspectives and timelines, creating a layered and gripping narrative.

The writing is rich and vivid, perfectly capturing the gritty and harsh realities of life in the 1800s. But what truly sets this book apart is the strong and fearless female characters who refuse to be defined by their circumstances. They are complex, flawed, and ultimately, empowering. I found myself completely invested in their stories and rooting for their survival. Overall, Dangerous Women is a masterfully written novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you feeling inspired. I highly recommend it to any fans of historical fiction or those looking for a riveting and empowering read.



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