‘I know I has special needs. So does Stanley and Francis and Billy and Josh. People don’t listen to us, ’cause they thinks we’re thick in our heads.’
Charlie works at St Patrick’s residential home, where the walls are so thick no one can hear you cry. He’s asking child protection expert Shane Dunphy for help, before someone gets murdered. Charlie tells him of mistreatment, brutality and random cruelty, and now Maisie, his girlfriend, a resident at the home, has gone missing. When Shane finds out what has happened to Maisie, he knows he’s uncovered a world of trouble.
Shane works his connections and, together with the ingenuity of the care home residents, attempts to subvert and infiltrate the system and bring the guilty to justice.
No Ceremony For The Dead is #3 in the Stories from the Margins series.
It tells of Shane Dunphy’s real experiences as a child protection expert in Ireland.
This is the story of St Patrick’s residential home. A home to care and protect vulnerable adults with complex needs.
When young Charlie tells Shane of abuse at the home, he knows he needs to look into it further.
This is not an easy listen at times due to the subject matter, the systematic abuse of the vulnerable by people in positions of trust, it’s harrowing and anger inducing and is still being kept quiet…..an utterly compelling listen.
Shane narrates his story himself, with occasional looks at historic crimes and even folk tales which give a real sense of place. I have listened to the two previous books in this series and this is a great addition to the series. A heartbreaking look into the dark past of Ireland’s care of the vulnerable.
Thank you to Ben at Midas PR for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an audio copy of No Ceremony For The Dead.
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