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The Thorn Girl

Narrated by: Michele Moran
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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A swallow flutters its wings into a dimly lit attic as Adele Foyle stumbles across the secret diary of the mother she has never met and a shocking account of a crime committed over 25 years ago.

Adele Foyle has returned to Reedstown, the last place her mother, Marianne, was seen alive. With her mother’s words etched in her mind and in the pages tucked into her jacket pocket, Adele has one purpose: to find those responsible for the devastating attack on Marianne and see them brought to justice.

Born into a mother-and-baby home run by The Thorns, a self-proclaimed religious group led by Gloria Thornton, Adele needs to first unlock the disturbing chain of events that led to her own birth, if she is to understand what happened to her mother. But news of Adele’s arrival and the diary spread like wildfire among the small, close-knit community of Reedstown. Old memories are stirring up fresh wounds. 

No one wants the truth to be told. The diary is just a story, they say. Yet, as Adele begins to unravel the layers of deceit, the tissue paper lies begin to fragment. Her mother was telling the truth. Adele just has to prove it.

A heart-stopping, intense and emotionally engrossing listen. If you listen to one audiobook this year, make it The Thorn Girl.

This book was previously published as In My Mother’s Name.

©2019 Laura Elliot (P)2019 Bookouture

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enjoyable

great writing, the author brings the characters to life. Felt like I was actually there.

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  • Andrew Dunne
  • 13-08-2020

Fully satisfying story

This book is filled woth rich complex characters and a story that is filled with sadness and triumph. Fans of Laura Elliot will not be disappointed. Great narration as well. I was pulled in from the first chapter and could not stop listening. Highly recommend this

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  • Lara Dennis
  • 08-08-2020

Amazing!!!

The characters are compelling and well fleshed out. The plot was gripping, and the ending was surprising and very satisfying! Best book in a long time!

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  • anne
  • 24-11-2019

Outstanding story

This is an excellent book, gripping and poignant. I have read/listened to a number of Laura Elliot’s books and this is one of her best. Highly recommended

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-09-2020

A deep and moving story.

I really enjoyed this book, the sad a desperate times of young pregnant women and the deciet that surrounded them. A great listen.

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  • Martha
  • 08-07-2020

Really hard to put down!

Really enjoyed this book. Clever and Keeps you hooked. Good story. Definitely recommend this one.

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  • J
  • 07-03-2020

Brilliant in every way

This book was and is fantastic. It was I suppose, just a tad slow in starting but after the first two chapters it was brilliant. The narrator definitely made it come to life. It needed an Irish accent and Irish dialect in order to really get to grips with the characters and she really delivered. Beautifully written, amazingly well read and overall - just wonderfully poignant, sad and happy.

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  • Ginger
  • 22-02-2020

Loved it!

Really enjoyed this book. The narrator was great, loved the accents which brought the story to life. Listened to this almost continuously until the end as I empathised with the main character.