The cuckoo Wood – An Alex Ripley Mystery – #BookReview by @mseancoleman #amreading #readingcommunity

Title: The Cuckoo Wood
Author: M.Sean Coleman
Pages: 302
Publisher: Red Dog Press
Publication Date: 25.7.18

Samantha Jaynes took her life in the cold lake.

Rosie Trimble did the same.

Both claimed they had seen an angel.

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 death?

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 dog it up again.

WOW!! What a book, this story was incredible, a breath of fresh air kind of thriller. This is not like anything I have read before!! Filled with anticipation, religion and crime… I mean come on, what is not to love?

The girls stood there on the pebbled shore, watching her drown. The first line, that was all it took to hook me into the story, i was enthralled straight away and instantly could not put the book down, so much so, I read it in two sittings, only putting it down to sleep.

The descriptions described by the author in this book where beautifully written and made me feel like I was right there, stood amongst the characters. Another thing I loved was the authors writing style. The long chapters, a new chapter only starting at the beginning of a new day. This was different, and although I usually favour short and snappy chapters I thoroughly enjoyed this style of writing.

I loved the characters in this book, they were all incredibly well written and you had the good… Emma, Ripley and Cotter, oh and Alan. I can’t forget Alan, I had quite a soft spot for him, along with Cotter they seemed to be the only 2 from the village with an open mind. The bad… Ethan, I didn’t like him from the get-go and as the story progressed my feelings of dislike grew stronger. And that leaves the ugly… Sarge, a horrible guy from the offset, I have never been able to trust a person who didn’t take kindly to strangers being in THEIR town.

This book left me feeling a rollercoaster of emotions within these pages and I can not wait to start the next in the series.


I would definitely recommend this book to any lover of thrilling and mysterious reads.

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