Date Released: 01/03/2019
Date Read: 09/06/2021
The whispered voices and unsettling dreams were puzzling enough, but when the visions began, Sarah Richards’ confusion turned to fear. Though mundane, Sarah’s life is routine and well ordered. But one autumn morning she sees a figure waving to her, the figure of a man more ghostly than real. Several times during that same day he appears, but is the spectre harmless, or are his intentions malevolent?
Disturbed and confused, Sarah endeavours to understand the mystery, to identify her unknown stalker. But with each visitation, she becomes ever more bewildered, and as her orderly life begins to unravel, she questions the reality of all that she knows, and with mounting horror, even her own sanity.
Thanks to Rob who sent me a copy of this book as well as the two sequels to review.
I think the reason I never used to gel with thrillers is that I could see the twists and turns coming a mile off, and the payoff was never quite worth all the build up. However, in Song of the Robin, there are twists and turns on every other page and they each knocked me. I wasn’t expecting nay of them, and by the time my brain had settled and accepted what was happening, Rob changed it up again and I had to reevaluate what I was reading.
This book, and series (reviews for the sequels pending), follows Sarah. Stuck in an unhappy marriage and an unfulfilled job, Sarah gets through every day with order and routine. But one day, she sees a ghostly male figure waving to her. His appearances becoming more and more frequent, occasionally married with words, words in her ear no matter how far away he was. As well as these visitations, she starts to black out, forgetting where she’s been or what she’s done, and she begins to question her own sanity.
Sarah is an instantly loveable character, and we end up loving the other characters through her. They’re al so human with triumphs and failures, flaws and perfections, sadness and happiness, love and grief. By being so human, Sarah’s story is heart wrenching, and we are willing her on through every page.
What I don’t understand is why all of these fabulous authors are only being found via online book clubs, and aren’t being snapped up by pig publishers and promoted as the next “big thing”. I could easily see this as a new Sunday night drama on TV.
Rob has managed to write such a fabulous and unique take on the psychological thriller, that I can’t wait to get stuck in to the next installment where I can live with Sarah, Steve, Dave, John, Claire and Rachel for a little bit longer.