Dangerous Women

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What to expect

Brought to you by Penguin.

The devastating and thought-provoking tale about female anger, subservience and, ultimately, strength, inspired by a true story

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.

© Hope Adams 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • Beautifully written, Hope Adams has woven together an epic sea voyage with an intriguing murder mystery to make an unputdownable read

    Katie Fforde
  • A gorgeous and compelling story with vibrant characters. I was fascinated by the novel’s inspiration and the real life story of the Rajah Quilt

    Rachel Hore
  • An intriguing murder-mystery, skilfully written and bursting with colour and life

    author of Magpie Lane
  • A fabulous book with a fascinating premise. A murder mystery drives the story, but it’s the characters who keep you entranced as, in the confined space of a long sea voyage, these feisty inventive women negotiate each other and their new world. I loved it

    Dinah Jefferies
  • A fascinating prose patchwork of the women’s lives, stitched together by a twisting murder mystery. Engrossing and deeply satisfying – over the course of the journey we learn about the desperate lives of these women, many guilty only of petty crimes

    The Times
  • I so enjoyed this. It evokes an era when justice was cruel, but also how the creation of something like a quilt gave hope and substance to existence. A terrific read

    Elizabeth Buchan

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