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The Healer by Sharon Thompson – Book Review

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A dark family drama.

How do you escape a life of conflict and abuse?

Being a young girl in 1940’s Ireland isn’t easy for Molly, especially since she isn’t like others. Her family and community are wary of the beautiful child. 

As Molly becomes a teenager life gets harder and she loses faith in everything. 

Molly is surrounded in danger. She must make choices. But will she chose the right path or is she doomed to a life of misery? Will she survive in a world of violence and crime? Will The Healer ever be healed?



Little Molly McCarthy is a halfwit, or so everyone says, including her parents. She barely speaks, cannot read or write but she is a healer. Her mother beats her, her father abuses her and beats her.  Her Uncle Vincent has eyes on her too. It’s a difficult read at times, so heartbreaking and Molly is no fool, she knows exactly what’s going on, the angels tell her things.

As Molly grows up, her life changes and it’s not all good. There is violence, rape and prostitution and Molly almost losses everything. However, she does have Dr and Violet Brady and Jane who give her family and hope.

This is a tale about a young, damaged girl with a special gift, but while the healing of others is part of the story, it’s not all miracles and blessings. This tells of a young girls strength, her sheer will to survive and make a better life for herself.

Sharon Thompson’s marvellous writing has brought Molly McCarthy to life, with its touches of magic and ultimately, hope. This is going to stay with me for a long time and if I see a little feather fall near me, it will make me think of the angels. 


About the Author

Sharon Thompson’s debut crime novel ‘The Abandoned’ launched as a Number 1 Best-seller on Amazon kindle. Sharon writes crime fiction, short stories and commercial fiction. Sharon’s short stories have been published in various on-line magazines. is her new online writing group. She is a regular contributor to Donegal Woman, Self Starter magazine,, and Ireland’s leading writing website Sharon also co-founded a trending, writing tweet-chat, called #WritersWise. Sharon’s second, dark historical crime fiction novel ‘The Healer’ is out Jan 22nd 2018.

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