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 recieved a copy via netgalley - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What an interesting, intriguing story! I really enjoyed this book and just couldn't put it down.
I really like how we got to see through Robyns eyes as a child in 1976 and what was going on all around her and then years later when she is older and after everything has happened. It was interesting to read each chapter from Robyn as a child and when she is older. The difference in how she has changed and reading about the things she notices around her and what could possibly be going on. It flips through between the years in each chapter and I really like how the writer did this.
Robyn, as a child, likes to spend days by the pool. She has a lovable older brother, a mother who is a bit unconventional and has a best friend called Debbie. They think things are changing as her mother gets a new partner but, there is someone who follows her mother who, also seems to invite weeping women into the house. Who is the man with the cowboy hat? And, why does her mother invite these women in?
Then we jump to 1988. Robyn and her brother come back to the house that has been empty for a few years. People are angered that they are back, something happened all those years ago and the book switches between 1976 and 1988. They are searching for something or anyone and they will do what they can to find it.
There is violence, fear and it is also wonderful reading about simpler times of just wanting to have fun as a child and you will also feel like you are with Robyn as she discovers things that have happened and it is just really gripping. As a child she was more carefree, confused and when she is older you see the switch in her as she is well more aware of everything.
A wonderful, gripping story I cant recommend enough!
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.