Thursday 4 March 2021

Book Review: Dangerous Women by Hope Adams

Don't you just love it when you come across a book that you instantly fall in love with. That is exactly how I felt reading Dangerous Women. This book just ticked all the boxes for me and I'm excited to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour. Read on for my thoughts.


Where do I even begin to give justice to this beautiful book? Dangerous Women was one of those rare books that instantly swept me away from the very first page. Based on the true story of the 180 women convicted of petty crimes and forced to set sail to Van Dieman's island in 1841, Hope Adams gave life to those women aboard the Rajah. 

I was there with those women aboard the claustrophobic, dark and dank cabins of that ship. I felt their pain, their hope and their fear of the unknown. Reading with the knowledge that these women come from a real moment in history made the story all the more fascinating and poignant. Also their reasons for being aboard that ship and the things they had done just to survive in cruel world, really hit my core.

The twist in the tale comes when one of the women is stabbed aboard the ship, and suddenly everyone is  a suspect. This made it a historical mystery and as historical and mystery are two of my favourite genres, the blend of the two just made this the perfect book for me. 

One of the things the women were tasked with aboard the Rajah was to make a patchwork quilt and this is something that actually did happen. Throughout the story, we are given a description of each patchwork piece. I just had to google it to see it in its full glory and now, knowing its history, it looks even more remarkable.

This was fantastic, female driven fiction that utterly swept away. I hope Hope Adams has more for us instore soon.

Dangerous Women is out now

Review part of the Dangerous Women Blog Tour

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