Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me onto this Blog Tour for LITTLE BIRD by Sharon Dempsey
Some secrets are best kept quiet.
Declan Wells, a forensic psychologist, has a lot on his plate. He has been struggling with the aftermath of a car bomb, which has left him in a wheelchair, his wife has been dutiful but Declan is certain she is having an affair, and his eldest daughter Lara’s new property developer husband, has dubious business practices.
Meanwhile, Anna Cole is running away from her mother’s death and a stale relationship. On secondment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland from Wales, Anna hopes that she can throw herself into work to distract herself from her guilt.
Then the murders begin and the killer leaves behind some very strange messages.
Can Anna and Declan work together to catch this deranged murderer?
Will either of them be able to get over their turbulent pasts?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I love when an author takes a chance and pushes just that little bit further in a story as it makes it so much more authentic for me. Sharon Dempsey does just that as there are quite a number of what many would class taboo subjects touched on. One is being the troubles in the past and at times in present day of Northern Ireland and the second being the inclusion of animals, how they are treated and the descriptions of the procedure of taxidermy. Personally I found the story fascinating and one that I shall definitely remember for a long time to come.
There is a very daring killer on the streets of Belfast, one that takes women while in sight of safety, snatching them from public places, killing them quickly and leaving the most bizarre ‘calling card’ that makes them unmistakably killed by the same person.
The story is told through Anna Cole, lead detective, that has taken the opportunity to escape to Belfast, work this case and delve into her own Irish ancestry as a means to get away from a life she no longer wants to be a part of back in Cardiff.
The other side of the story is told through the serial killer as you go inside this almost regimentally organised mind. What an incredibly dark and disturbing place this is to find yourself in. Each time the story switched to the killer I felt like I was locked inside their head, hiding in there because it felt so darn dangerous, but dare I say brilliantly so in a very macabre way.
Declan Wells is closely working the case with Anna, he was a victim of a bomb blast through the troubles in Belfast and is permanently in a wheelchair. He also has a very personal invested interest in this case.
I found this book extremely hard to put down as there is so much going on in it but mostly it felt real. This has to be one of my favourite serial killers so far this year. There is a perfect balance between the characters personal lives and the case. A super entertaining book.
I wish to thank the publisher Bloodhound Books for providing me with an ARC of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Crime writer, Little Bird released July 17 with Bloodhound Books.
Sharon Dempsey is a Belfast based writer of fiction and non-fiction books, with four health books published. She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre.
Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University and went on to City University, London to do a postgraduate diploma in journalism. She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times
Through the Arts Council NI’s Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP), Sharon was awarded funding, which she used to acquire mentoring from, bestselling Irish crime writer, Louise Phillips. Louise was a great support while Sharon was writing Little Bird, her first crime novel.