Thursday 20 January 2022

THE CUCKOO'S CRY by Caroline Overington


The Cuckoo's CryThe Cuckoo's Cry by Caroline Overington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Late last year, hubby found a bunch of bargains on Amazon and we ended up picking up a nice selection of books. This was one of them.

Covid-19 has reached Sydney, and in Bondi, 69-year-old Don Barlow is getting on with the routine of his lonely life. But when a young woman comes to his door claiming to be his granddaughter, he opens his heart and home to a stranger. A stranger his daughter suspects isn't who she claims to be...

I REALLY enjoyed this psychological thriller with a difference. I was intrigued from the very beginning. I also felt that the atmosphere of danger was portrayed perfectly as soon as Don's story started.

The characters in this story were all interesting for different reasons. Don is a lovely, kind old man who has been living with guilt his whole life and is now very much alone. Danielle is a concerned daughter leading a busy life while raising a family too far from her father. Morgan is obviously keeping many secrets but remains a wildcard throughout. Pam, Don's dead wife, also fills the pages with her presence even though she passed away a while ago.

Another aspect that worked very well was how the pandemic hit our shores. I remember everything unfolding exactly how it's mentioned, but it remains very much in the background. The main story is about Don, Morgan, Danielle and her husband, Jackson. It's a bit thriller, definitely has a hidden mystery, and even reveals a few unexpected twists.

I enjoyed this a lot and pretty much read it in a few sittings. It's not long but covers a lot of story that kept me hooked until the very end!

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