Hello, welcome to my stop on the A Little Bird Told Me Blogtour!
Besides, if you were one half evil, wouldn’t you want to know about the other half?
In the scorching summer of 1976, Robyn spends her days swimming at the Lido and tagging after her brother. It’s the perfect holiday – except for the crying women her mum keeps bringing home.
As the heatwave boils on, tensions in the town begin to simmer. Everyone is gossiping about her mum, a strange man is following her around, and worst of all, no one will tell Robyn the truth. But this town isn’t good at keeping secrets…
Twelve years later, Robyn returns home, to a house that has stood empty for years and a town that hasn’t moved on, forced to confront the mystery that haunted her that summer.
And atone for the part she played in it.
I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover, and I stand by that mentality when it comes to books (in fact the majority of books I enjoy have really uninteresting covers actually!) but can I start off by saying this cover is so pretty and really intrigued me. I was very excited when I was asked to take part in this tour because when I looked at the cover I was instantly interested.
This story is a very good example of the type of story I enjoy. I have another rule on this blog which states that wherever possible I avoid spoilers, which admittedly does make reviewing a little difficult but so far I’ve had no complaints about this, so I’ll continue. Anyway, I love a good twisty novel and there were certain parts I definitely didn’t see coming (anyone who’s read it will know exactly what I mean).
This is told in the perspective of the past and present which could lead to confusion if you’re not paying attention (although if you’re not paying attention, why are you reading? Joking, you can do what you want, I’m not your mother…). I get the impression that if this isn’t your type of thing you’d have to be in the right mood for it, as it does require a certain amount of concentration to really understand what’s going on.
This story has a very strong hook and I personally really enjoyed it. I think there may be some people who find it a little too dark or confusing but I really enjoy that sort of thing! Make sure that if you’re interested in novels with a bit of mystery to them, definitely give this a try!
About The Author:
Marianne Holmes was born in Cyprus to RAF parents and bounced between the Uk, Germany, Kuwait and Belgium until firmly basing herself in London – well, apart from those years in The Lake District.
A love of language led to degrees in Classics from Royal Holloway, University of London and Linguistics from University College London but a desire to pay the bills steered her to a career in marketing. Marianne has now come home to her love of language and writing.
A Little Bird Told Me is her first novel.