In a sleepy suburb of Sarasota, Florida, all the residents on Ridge Road seem to have something to hide. Meet a nosy nurse named Ashley, a bored stay-at-home mom named Patience, and an eccentric art teacher named Sally as they each play a role in uncovering a decades-old neighborhood mystery. A colorful macaw, a suspicious retired police officer, and a missing mother and daughter become the obsession of Ashley Jones… but someone doesn’t like her snooping around. Follow Ashley and her neighbors and friends as they piece together clues, and spark a few romances, in the name of truth and justice. Sometimes danger — and love — can bloom right in your own front yard.
The Bird in the Window is written well and has an attractive cover that would make me pick it up at once. It’s a collection of short stories that follow the same group of characters, and their stories are connected in some way or the other.
It’s a quick, entertaining book that you can comfortably finish in a single sitting. I was so fascinated that I couldn’t put it down.
The mystery develops well, even though the revelation at the end wasn’t as shocking as I thought it would be. The author also leaves a major question unanswered, but I don’t mind because it gives me much to think about.
There’s a menacing, dark feeling running through the stories that makes you wonder what’s going to happen and who’s going to get hurt.
I think this book underlines an interesting fact–that no one is as they seem. Not the ageing ex-cop, not the handsome neighbor, not the contented housewife, not even the sweet old lady next door.
I feel I would have enjoyed it much more as a novel, where there is space for proper character development. The Bird in the Window jumps from character to character too often, not dwelling long enough on each one to understand them properly.
Nevertheless, I think this is a good attempt at a dark story with an interesting narrative style.
(I received a review copy from Blackthorn Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.)
- Purchase link: https://www.scribd.com/book/462460290/The-Bird-in-the-Window
- Genre: Romantic suspense
- Print length: 77 pages
- Suitable for young adults? This is an adult book but suitable for 16+
- Trigger warnings: No
About the Author
Wendy Dalrymple gleans inspiration for her Southern Gothic stories of romance, history and horror from the great Sunshine State. When she’s not writing stories about haunted swamps, otherworldly beaches or Florida folklore, you can find her camping with her family, painting (bad) wall art and trying to grow as many pineapples as possible.
Social media links:
- Website: https://wendydalrymple.com/about/
- Twitter: @wendy_dalrymple