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?
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour of Sharon Dempsey’s first class thriller.
Many thanks to the publisher Bloodhound books, blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy and author Sharon Dempsey for the ARC copy of the book in return for an honest review.
I’m glad to be able to say this is another top class thriller, from a publisher that just has a knack for picking fabously addictive reads and real page turners.
Sharon Dempsey has delivered an exciting new serial killer thriller! It has an edge that means its stands alone against other similar reads, the little bird of the title. What is the connection between this little bird and the killer? Reading to sort out the connection resulted in many delightful reading hours. The story flowed perfectly, with the right balance of character development and story development.
The characters are superb. I’ve mentioned this in previous reviews, but having a strong female lead in crime novels is important. Most such books normally feature male leads and while that is absoulutely fine, it’s good to have this addressed by a writer as skilful as Sharon Dempsey. It’s fresh, original and makes for a great role model for young aspiring readers and writers. Anna Cole is suitably flawed enough to make her interesting enough to identify with. Her emotional connection to her cases a powerful reflection of how such horrific cases can take over the lives of the people investigating them.
I also loved that Sharon Dempsey gave the killer a voice in this story. We get to hear his thought processes and are gifted a glance into his twisted and disturbed mind.
The fact that Anna is originally from Cardiff gave the book a personal connection to me that made it an even more enjoyable read. It’s always a thrill to recognise places familiar to your everyday life.
The fact that we see the post troubles era in northern Ireland from her outsiders point of view gives this book another unique edge. Its fascinating how it still features so heavily in everyday life for many Irish people. The writer uses the unnerving fact that violence still breaks out to keep the reader perched on the edge of their reading seat. The history of the troubles is never allowed to swamp the story, but at the same time its integral to the overall unerving feel to this superb read.
I would definitely recommend it to readers looking for a thriller guaranteed to keep you turning the pages desperate to know what happens in the thrilling conculsion.
Little Bird can be purchased from Amazon
Sharon Dempsey is a Belfast based writer of fiction and non-fiction books, with four health books published. She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre.
Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University and went on to City University, London to do a postgraduate diploma in journalism. She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times.
Through the Arts Council NI’s Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP), Sharon was awarded funding, which she used to acquire mentoring from, bestselling Irish crime writer, Louise Phillips. Louise was a great support while Sharon was writing Little Bird, her first crime novel.
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