6 April 2024

Review: THE BIRDCAGE, Eve Chase

  • This edition read as an e-book on my Kindle through Amazon
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08T6L6D24
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (April 28, 2022
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 370 pages

Synopsis (Amazon)

When half-sisters Lauren, Flora, and Kat are unexpectedly summoned to the Cornish house where they spent their childhood summers, it's the first time they've dared return.

Because the wild cliffs and windswept beaches hide a twenty-year-old secret.

The truth about what they did.

Someone who remembers them lurks in the shadows, watching their every move.

And there are other secrets, even darker than their own, waiting to be unearthed . . .

My Take

This was a fascinating read, absolutely enthralling. Three half sisters are summoned by their father to the house in Cornwall where they used to meet every summer. He has things he wants to tell them.

They have recently met at the funeral of one of their mothers, but relationships are not easy.

Readers become aware that something occurred twenty years before that affected the family dramatically and we spend most of the book piecing that together. The author does a very good job of preventing us from learning the full truth too quickly, at the same time as giving us a picture of how things are now.  A mystery in the true sense of the word.

Highly recommended.

My rating: 4.8

I've also read 4.8, THE WILDLING SISTERS

About the author
Eve Chase is an internationally bestselling British novelist who writes rich, layered and suspenseful novels, thick with secrets, unforgettable characters and settings. Her latest novel, The Midnight Hour - 'Her best yet...I loved every word' - Claire Douglas - publishes June '24, in the UK. Other novels include, The Birdcage, The Glass House (The Daughters of Foxcote Manor, US) a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and Richard and Judy Book Club pick, The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde (The Wildling Sisters, US) which was longlisted for the HWA Gold Crown Award, and Black Rabbit Hall, winner of Paris' Saint-Maur en Poche prize for Best Foreign Fiction. She works in the Writer's Shed at the bottom of her garden, usually with Harry, her golden retriever.  

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