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Published: 31 July 2017

 

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Some secrets are best kept quiet. Declan Wells, a forensic psychologist, has a lot on his plate. He has been struggling with the aftermath of a car bomb, which has left him in a wheelchair, his wife has been dutiful but Declan is certain she is having an affair, and his eldest daughter Lara’s new property developer husband, has dubious business practices.

Meanwhile, Anna Cole is running away from her mother’s death and a stale relationship. On secondment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland from Wales, Anna hopes that she can throw herself into work to distract herself from her guilt. Then the murders begin and the killer leaves behind some very strange messages. Can Anna and Declan work together to catch this deranged murderer?

Will either of them be able to get over their turbulent pasts?

My Thoughts & Review:

Little Bird is a gripping read with some very intriguing characters, and a killer that leans heavily towards depraved and gruesome.

Anna Cole leaves her home in Cardiff after the death of her mother, her marriage has come to a stalemate but her husband isn’t fully aware of it yet.  The opportunity for secondment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland affords her the opportunity to make a fresh start, expand on her skills and do some digging into her birth family who originate from Ireland.
In some respects she is a selfish character, taking the secondment without talking it over with her husband or even allowing him to voice an opinion on the matter.  She is also troubled by the cases she has worked previously, which have clearly left a lasting impression on her.  But amidst this, she is juggling the grief of watching her mother slowly die a painful death through cancer.  Some of her motives and actions are questionable, her involvement with certain characters makes the reader want to shout at her to stop.  She walks a very dangerous tightrope at times.
Her quest for answers about her birth mother unearths information that she could never have imagined.

The case that the team are investigating is strange, brutal and seemingly impossible to find connections between the murder victims.  The killer is a depraved individual that the author gives her readers a glimpse into the mindset of, this works well in building the tension throughout, and in some ways keeps readers guessing as to their identity.  But at the same time, there are aspects of the killer that I found hard to read about, being an animal lover I did find the reference to taxidermy and the mistreatment of animals a little uncomfortable to read about.  I wouldn’t say I was squeamish but there was a point in the book that I definitely felt repulsed by the killer, a hat tip to Sharon Dempsey for crafting such a strong character that can evoke that level of disgust and abhorrence.

Overall I would say this is a well written and well thought out book, there is depth to the investigation, lots of history that links in well with the plot without becoming too heavy and there is a very intriguing case for the team to solve.

My thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to read this and participate in the blog tour.

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