A Little Bird Told Me by Marianne Holmes

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A Little Bird Told Me by Marianne Holmes

EXCERPT: What Kit knows and what I know is not the same. I have become my own secret curator of the facts. It’s all in the suitcase I keep under my bed along with all the other monsters.

Matthew and Kit think they can protect me even now by keeping the past hidden. But they’re wrong. I already know more than they think.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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.

MY THOUGHTS: This is one of those reads which is not going to fit neatly into any one category. The story is told over two timelines, 1976 and 1988. Historical fiction? Not to me, I lived those years, but I suppose to some they may qualify A Little Bird Told Me as historical. There is family drama, mystery and crime. But just what happened and to whom is not made clear until the final chapters of this intriguing book.

A Little Bird Told Me is beautifully written. The characters are ‘real’. I could feel Robyn’s fear and her anger, her confusion and determination. The author writes in a determinedly vague fashion, so that at times the reader is also confused. But remember, you are seeing parts of the book through the eyes of the child Robyn was at the time. And she doesn’t understand a lot of what she sees and hears.

This is a slow burner of a book. It is a book that is, in places, eloquent and lyrical, in others, brutal and raw. It is a book that I enjoyed immensely, and I will be watching for more from this author.

And please don’t skip the publisher’s foreword. It is a delightful story about how they came by the book and published it. I’m glad they did. 😍😍😍😍

THE AUTHOR: Marianne Holmes was born in Cyprus to RAF parents but is now firmly based in London. After a sensible career in marketing, Marianne is now focusing on her love of language and writing.

A Little Bird Told Me is her first novel.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Agora Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of A Little Bird Told Me by Marianne Holmes for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2465650849


Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

7 thoughts on “A Little Bird Told Me by Marianne Holmes”

    1. Thanks Carla. Have been off radar as my youngest brother’s partner died ten days ago. While it wasn’t unexpected, it was certainly much sooner than expected. It’s been a bit of a rough time.


      1. So sorry to hear about your family’s loss. It doesn’t matter if someone is ill and you are expecting that they may not be around for much longer, it is still a terrible loss and the upcoming holidays will be rough. Hugs and prayers to you and your brother. 🙏😥

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    1. Still unpacking. . . Have moved into a much smaller house – less time doing housework = more reading time – so sorting through what we are keeping, and what we need to get rid of. My husband keeps telling me there is no room for my 600+ books. I may have to get rid of him 😅😅😅😅

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      1. 🙂 Sorting is a tough job. I get tired of it even when spring cleaning, so I can imagine moving house. We’ve moved several times but at the stage when my mother had to do much of the work so I haven’t faced the worst of it. 600 is good- we have far more because there are books that are read for pleasure and quite a few work related ones.

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