If you have seen Philomena or the Magdalene Girls, this book is about those places and the abuses inflicted upon the women who were sent there. It does make for rage inducing reading. The tone is somewhat dry, for it is a study more than anything else. It should be noted that this author was the one that raised the issue and inspired the Magdalene Girls movie. Today when we are still debating abortion and unwed mothers, it is a work that should be read.