Today’s team review is from Georgia. She blogs here https://www.georgiarosebooks.com
Georgia has been reading Birds Don’t Cry by Sandy Day
I have read one of Sandy Day’s novels before and jumped at the chance to do so again. They are quite leisurely paced but the settings are so atmospheric I get absorbed in them and find the story telling compelling.
Kaffy Sullivan is an older woman who lived with her grandmother and ran her inn with her until she died, and continued to do so afterwards. She has a rather creepy brother, Red, who is married to Sylvia, and it is Sylvia that Kaffy relies on so heavily for the day to day running of the inn.
When Sylvia goes missing it is Kaffy who reports it, not Red. Something Kaffy finds suspicious and, because of a spur of the moment decision she makes, disturbing memories from her childhood resurface. Hovering in the background there is another sister, Maxine, who only turns up when there is something in it for her, and in this story that is the upcoming reading of the grandmother’s will.
This is a well written family drama that explores the relationships between siblings and has, as its main character, someone who I feel it would be difficult to get close to but is easy to empathise with, and ultimately, is the one you root for.
Highly recommended for all those who enjoy well-written story telling.
Sometimes sisters and brothers don’t get along – even when they’re middle aged.
Kaffy Sullivan lives and works in the business her grandparents began in the 20th century. Reclusive and offbeat, Kaffy hopes to inherit the inn and, with the help of her sister-in-law, operate it for the rest of her life.
When an important publication makes a reservation, Kaffy is under pressure to get Sullivan House spruced up in time for the review. But Sylvia, who Kaffy depends on, has disappeared. She hasn’t shown up for work, and Kaffy’s bad-tempered brother doesn’t seem to care that his wife is missing.
Cracking under the pressure to get the inn ready, and more urgently, find Sylvia, Kaffy struggles through a harrowing nest of repressed memories and traumatic family rivalries.
For readers of women’s fiction and domestic thrillers, Birds Don’t Cry is a page turner that drops you directly into one family’s conflict and search for survivors.