The Cuckoo Wood by M Sean Coleman ** Book Review & Giveaway**

 Today I am delighted to join in the Blog Blitz for The Cuckoo Wood by M. Sean Coleman, which is the first in the Alex Ripley Mystery Series. There is also a great Giveaway to enter- details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.

Samantha Jaynes took her life in the cold lake. Now Rosie Trimble has done the same. Both claimed they had seen an angel. And they're not the only ones.

A spate of teenage suicides rattles the rural community of Kirkdale, in England's Lake District. Before they died, each of the girls talked about seeing an angel. Is this collective hallucination, or is something more sinister leading these young girls to their deaths?

That’s a question for Dr Alex Ripley, the so-called Miracle Detective. Brought in to help the police, she finds a community rooted in fear and suspicion, bound by their strange faith, unwilling to help, unable to forgive.

Because the people of Kirkdale have buried their dark past once, and they’re not about to let Ripley dig it up again.

My Thoughts
 This is a superb opener to a new series and establishes the central figure of Alex Ripley as an intuitive and intelligent protagonist. She arrives at the village of Kirkdale as an outsider and through her eyes, you feel the closed community where fear and suspicion is rife. Bound together through a fervent religious dogma, the villagers seem to close ranks to stop any questioning. Turning on anyone who is tainted by what they regard as 'sin', they present a cold and cruel view of life.

    You have to admire Alex's dogged determination to look for alternative, logical solutions. The story is beautifully plotted and carries you through, page by page. The truth is slowly unpicked from the smoke and mirrors which have stopped it emerging. There is a creepy feel to parts of the story and a hint of the supernatural which keeps you guessing. I am looking forward to reviewing the second in the series, A Hollow Sky on November 28th.

In short: Can the truth emerge from the stranglehold of the past?


About the Author

Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.

He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back.
He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

You can follow the author here: Facebook   |  Twitter

Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US   |  Red Dog Press  

Thanks to Sean, Reddog Press and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the event.

                                                                Giveaway (International)

To win a paperback copy of The Cuckoo Wood, a cool tote bag with book quote from the publisher, a branded bookmark and some chocolates (Open INT), just follow the link below and good luck!
*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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