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Hush hush, they are the quiet ones

Hush hush, they are the dark ones

Hush hush, their innocence is crushed

Hush hush, their hope is dashed

The hurt in the blanket of power

The death of the soul under the cover

Hush hush, they are the quiet ones

Hush hush, they are the dark ones

Hush hush, listen to the whisper

Hush hush, the quiet ones speak louder

Apparent suicide of renowned coach Duncan Nugent soon got the investigation roaring up as foul play was discovered. But everyone around him kept their silence, hiding a deep soul-crushing secret. Journalist Oonagh got into the depth of it as she uncovered the layers. Can opened, and the dark worms kept twirling and twisting, wriggling out, one by one, showing the darkness that resided in a human psyche.

My first book by Theresa Talbot, and the story ran its swift pace with short, snappy chapters. Oonagh was quite a gal, flawed yet strong with a tenacity that had to be admired. One thread was all that was needed for her to get to the truth. She did drink quite a lot, but I have to admit in this case, anyone would, to forget.

Theresa’s writing brought out the twisted perversions of the coach, slowly unfurling with light, treaded footsteps until reality became the darkness that could not remain hidden as the roots of the cover-ups were exposed. The atmosphere kept building up with Oonagh’s investigation, the horrors came to the forefront, keeping me at the edge of the seat with shivers running down my spine.

My heart cried at the plot line which was inspired by the real story. My mind cherished the writing which kept the thrill running from the beginning to to end. Some parts rushed, some slowed, but overall kept my interest running from beginning to end.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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Theresa Talbot is a BBC broadcaster and freelance producer. A former radio news editor, she also hosted The Beechgrove Potting Shed on BBC Radio Scotland, but for many she wil be most familiar as the voice of the station’s Traffic & Travel. Late 2014 saw the publication of her first book – This Is What I Look Like – a humorous memoir covering everything from working with Andy Williams to rescuing chickens and discovering nuns hidden in gardens. She’s much in demand at book festivals, both as an author and as a chairperson. Penance is Theresa’s debut crime novel.





If only someone had listened…

When the supposed suicide of famous Scottish football coach Harry Nugent hits the headlines, the tabloids are filled with tributes to a charitable pillar of the community that gave so much back to sport and to those less fortunate.

But something isn’t right. Normally celebrities are queuing up to claim to have had a very special relationship with the deceased, but investigative journalist Oonagh O’Neil is getting the distinct impression that people are trying to distance themselves from Harry.

Oonagh’s investigation leads her to uncover a heartbreakingly haunting cover-up that chills her to the core… and places her in mortal danger from those willing to protect their sadistic and dark secrets at any cost…

Publication Date: September 2019

Publisher: Aria




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13 Responses

  1. This sounds like a good story, but perhaps sad as well. I do enjoy books published by Aria and I will have to check out this author. Great review Shalini.

  2. I have this one on my calendar for October – but a bit scared of it, I fear I know which events inspired it now… Excellent review!

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