Today, it’s another book blog tour! This time, it’s for Marianne Holmes’ debut novel, A Little Bird Told Me, published by Agora Books.
So, first, what’s it all about? Here’s the blurb:
Besides, if you were one half evil, wouldn’t you want to know about the other half?
In the scorching June of 1976, Robyn spends her days swimming at the Lido and tagging after her brother. It’s the perfect summer – 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 has played in it.
At first, I found it quite difficult to get into. Perhaps it was the writing style, the story or the characters, but after a while, I did find myself enjoying it and getting used to the book. One thing I have to say is that Marianne Holmes is a wonderful writer. The first chapter, when looking back, is brilliantly set-up. She has a beautiful flair in her writing. The way she uses certain words and phrases certain sentences, it’s wonderful.
For me, this is a great exploration of a family. It’s as though the reader is looking into the window of the house, looking into this family and their dynamics. The character of Robyn, our main protagonist, is brilliantly written. Marianne Holmes really has captured Robyn down and has gotten underneath Robyn’s skin and has fleshed her out brilliantly through the book with both timelines. This is part coming-of-age story with a gripping mystery throughout.
I didn’t love this book and it’s not my book of the year, but I still found it an entertaining read. Marianne Holmes is a brilliant writer who uses language in a beautiful and heartbreaking way. I look forward to what she reads next.
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 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, plastering, consulting, 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.
If you love a dark mystery and family drama with a great coming-of-age story and great characterisation with lyrical writing, give this a whirl. A big thank you to Agora books for the opportunity!
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