• Publication date: 29 Nov 2018
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07D469M5Z
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I’m trialling ‘Quick Reviews’. No-one has time to read lengthy reviews this time of year. These will all be books I’ve really enjoyed reading and I’m a firm believer that it’s possible to express book love using quick reviews, rather than going on and on…

My Review

Imagine you’ve inherited an old farmhouse in rural Derbyshire. Your stepmother, from whom you are estranged, died recently in a mysterious accident in the house.

You are an artist/book illustrater without a house of your own. Although you had a very unhappy childhood living in the house, you move in. Right from the start there are a series of inexplicable frightening events. Your work illustrating a new book about fairy stories you’ve been commissioned to illustrate starts to take on a sinister air and triggered partly by the the scary recent events but also by your unhappy childhood. Your drawn illustrations become very dark. You feel you are losing your mind.

Your sister, who lives in the US , has an equal share in the inheritance that includes the house has waived her rights to the property as she is wealthy in her own right. Although your relationship with her hasn’t always been good, she’s very supportive and regularly Skype’s from the US.

Meanwhile your next door neighbour, now a tenant of yours becomes an important part of your life and you eventually become lovers.

Unfortunately, you’re a CUCKOO in the nest – hence the book title. Someone wants you out and the scary events become more and more sinister.

Who is trying to get you out of the house? What would you do?

I found this book to be a a great read with lots of unsettling revelations, mysterious visitors and a plot that kept me enthralled until the very end which took me totally by surprise.

A darned good read.

About the Author

Sophie Draper won the Bath Novel Award 2017 with this novel. She has also won the Friday Night Live competition at the York Festival of Writing 2017. She lives in Derbyshire, where the book is set, and under the name Sophie Snell she works as a traditional oral storyteller.

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