A Little Bird by Wendy James
.ePUB, 284 pages
Expected Publication: 30 Nov 2021
By: Lake Union Publishing
About the Book:
Running from a bad relationship, journalist Jo Sharpe heads home to Arthurville, the drought-stricken town she turned her back on years earlier. While some things have changed—her relationship with her ailing, crotchety father, her new job at the community newspaper—Jo finds that her return has rekindled the grief and uncertainty she experienced during her childhood following the inexplicable disappearance of her mother and baby sister. Returning to Arthurville has its unexpected pleasures, though, as Jo happily reconnects with old friends and makes a few new ones. But she can’t let go of her search for answers to that long-ago mystery. And as she keeps investigating, the splash she’s making begins to ripple outward—far beyond the disappearance of her mother and sister. Jo is determined to dig as deep as it takes to get answers. But it’s not long before she realises that someone among the familiar faces doesn’t want her picking through the debris of the past. And they’ll go to any lengths to silence the little bird before she sings the truth.
This was a slow burn book that was very character driven. There is the sense of mystery with Jo's missing mother, but she has been gone twenty five years and it's only as Jo becomes a reporter for her hometown local paper that she delves deep into the story. I loved all the characters in this book and felt for them, even the minor ones. There is a lot of sadness in this town and within its people.
I loved the two timelines and as usual it was the older one that I got into most...That's just personal preference though. I also enjoyed the two points of view from Jo in 2018 and Merry in 1994. The reveal was a surprise to me and the setting was beautiful, even though it takes place during a drought, I could imagine the red dirt and dust very well. The writing was very captivating ad kept me on my toes. I would definitely read more from this author as she has quite the library of books to choose from.
With many thanks to NetGalley, Wendy James and Lake Union Publishing for the giving of the ARC.
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