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Thursday, August 3, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Little Bird by Sharon Dempsey @bloodhoundbook @svjdempz

Today's stop for Little Bird BLOG TOUR!  What a fantastic thriller that will keep you guessing til the very end!  Follow along with the other blogs above! Continue down for the book description, about the author and my review.

Book Description:

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? 

My Review:

There's a serial killer on the rampage in Belfast.  His calling card?  Birds.  Eyeless, stuffed in mouths, macabre and taunting.  Anna Cole is lead detective on the case and not only has to deal with proving herself, but also with maneuvering between crossed lines as she ingratiates herself with her partner (who lovingly calls her Tonto) and Declan, the father of the first victim.  Declan is a force as well - while bound to a wheelchair, his past as a forensic psychologist leads him deep into this case and the only one who will listen to him and allow him to bring his capabilities to the table is Anna.  But how far will Anna actually let him in considering all the baggage she brings herself.  Lines will be crossed....

Alternating between Anna's POV and the serial killer's POV, we get a deep dark look into both minds.  The author does an outstanding job of putting you right into the killer's mind, how he came to be the sadistic person he is and how he plots his murders of these young women.  She also throws you right into the procedures of Ireland's police force and how they work together to try and solve this case.  She's very detailed but not so much that your eyes glaze over.  With all the things thrown at you in this book, you never feel lost and it's easy to fly through each of the pages.

Anyone looking for a great police procedural thriller will LOVE this debut crime novel from Sharon Dempsey.  Like her characters, she's a force to be reckoned with and I look forward to more of her work.

Author Bio:

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.


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