The Lost Children

Written by Theresa Talbot




First in a gripping new thriller series featuring investigative journalist Oonagh O’Neil.

TV journalist and media darling Oonagh O’Neil can sense a sinister coverup from the moment an elderly priest dies on the altar of his Glasgow church. Especially as his death comes as she is about to expose the shocking truth behind the closure of a Magdalene Institution. The Church has already tried to suppress what happened to decades of forgotten women. Is someone also covering their tracks?

DI Alec Davies is appointed to investigate the priest’s death. He and Oonagh go way back. But what secrets lie behind the derelict Institution’s doors? What sparked the infamous three-day riot that closed it? And what happened to the girls that survived the institution and vowed to stay friends forever?

From Ireland to Scotland.

From life to death.





A Thoroughly Satisfying Read!  5 stars

The Lost Children is a stunning read; not only good but really great! Theresa Talbot writes beautifully, drawing the reader in to this multi-faceted crime thriller bit by bit until, before you realise, it completely absorbs you.

Oonagh O’Neil is a tv journalist; well-liked, well respected and working on a story of her own. Her investigations uncover some really unsavoury stuff regarding the Catholic Church and it’s involvement in the Magdalene Laundry scandal of the 1950’s. The Scottish setting of this novel allows for some typical humour which is attached to the city, and the Glasgow ‘patter’ brings some lighter moments to the story. Although I was familiar with the locations dotted around the city, I was unaware that there had been a Magdalene Laundry situated there and was quite enthralled with the tale.

This is a debut novel, re-titled and re-packaged and it’s one which should do well. The creation of Oonagh O’Neil is extremely well done – she is a real life character with flaws and a career which should lend itself to many more volumes to come. The pairing of Davies and McVeigh as ‘polis’ partners adds to the humour, and I really hope they continue to feature in the series. This is a terrific read – one which I would fully recommend to those who enjoy a crime novel which unfolds piece by piece and retains it’s secrets until the end. A thoroughly satisfying book, and definitely an author I shall be watching for more from!

My thanks to publishers Aria for pre-approving my requests on NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: crime thriller, Glasgow



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2066 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 178854532X
  • Publisher: Aria
  • Publication Date: 1 April 2018
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Meet the Author


516JxIX2lJL._SY200_Theresa Talbot is a freelance writer, journalist and radio presenter, perhaps best known as the voice of Traffic and Travel on BBC Radio Scotland and as the host of The Beechgrove Potting Shed. Prior to working with the BBC she was with Radio Clyde and the AA Roadwatch team. Theresa worked in various roles before entering the media as an assistant in children’s homes, a Pepsi Challenge girl and a library assistant. She ended up at the BBC because of an eavesdropped conversation on a no.66 bus in Glasgow. Her passions include rescuing chickens, gardening, music and yoga.









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