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After the birth of her daughter, Emma, the usually resilient Majella finds herself feeling isolated and exhausted. Then, at her childhood home, Majella discovers the diary of her maternal ancestor Ginny and is shocked to read a story of murder in her family history.

With the famine upon her, Ginny Doyle fled from Ireland to America, but not all of her family made it. What happened during those harrowing years, and why does Ginny call herself a killer? Is Majella genetically fated to be a bad mother, despite the fierce tenderness she feels for her baby?

Determined to uncover the truth of her heritage and her own identity, Majella sets out to explore Ginny's past - and discovers surprising truths about her family and ultimately, herself.

©2013 Jeanine Cummins (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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"Rich and intricately drawn...luminous prose." (Carolyn Parkhurst)

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Love this book, should come with trigger warning

This book was amazing, I found the beginning very difficult to listen to due the graphic description of Emma's birth. it really bought back memories of my own twins birth. Hearing about the coffin ships and the potato famine what harrowing life they lived. The grit and determination of Ginny to save her family was something to be admired.

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  • 14-11-2020

A tale of two halves

After reading American Dirt and the equally compelling Outside Boy I looked forward to this novel. However whilst the Irish sections provided a great story brilliantly narrated by Aoife McMahon, the New York present day sections were really annoying and made me want to skip them.

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  • Roderick s.
  • 26-10-2020

Could have been 5 stars

I have given this book 3 stars, the book is in two parts historical and modern, the historical part I would give five stars, it is truly brilliant, unfortunately the modern part is far from brilliant, I found myself wanting to skip these chapters to get back to the other story.

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  • janette
  • 16-10-2020

Very disappointed with ending.

My least favourite Jeanine Cummins novel to date. Started off enthralling, narration was great but totally disappointing ending.

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