First of all, such a pretty, intriguing cover and it is a debut novel!!!
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and it is now available as of September 13, 2018. I am also excited to say that I was asked whether I would be willing to take part in the author’s blog tour and of course I said yes because I loved this book!!
This story is told from the point of view of Robyn as an adult, however, the storyline actually starts in the past when she was a young girl growing up with her brother, Kit, her mother and step-father. We get alternating chapters between past and present as the story builds. Back in the summer of 1977 during a record breaking heat wave, Robyn remembers her mother taking in a neighbor and her young son as her husband was physically violent and she had just been assaulted. The husband is held by the police and the town becomes divided over Robyn’s mother’s involvement in what was considered “a personal matter”. With the heat wave on, it also does not take a lot to escalate tensions. It also appears that Robyn’s mother and step-father are keeping secrets and with Robyn being young, there is a lot that she doesn’t understand due to her age. Years later we learn that Robyn’s mother disappeared that summer and now Robyn and Kit have come home to finally get some answers as to what happened all those summers ago.
I really enjoyed this book – I found it intriguing and it held my attention all the way through. Highly recommend this gem of a book and I look forward to seeing other books in the future from this author.
Speaking of the author, below is a little bit of information about Marianne along with a pic.
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 Peak District. A love of language led to degrees in Classics and Linguistics from the University of London but her desire to pay the mortgage steered her to a career in Marketing. After distracting herself in all sorts of ways over the years – sailing, flying, volunteering and running away to India – she is now definitely, absolutely concentrating on her writing. Well, that and making sure her children get fed, clothed and entertained. Obviously. A Little Bird Told Me is Marianne’s first novel.