Pleased to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Little Bird by Sharon Dempsey on this first day of August. Many thanks to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for the opportunity and the advanced copy!
Author : Sharon Dempsey
Title : Little Bird
Pages : 340
Publisher : Bloodhound Books
Publication date : July 31, 2017
Forensic psychologist, Declan Wells, is dealing with the aftermath of a car bomb during the Troubles in Belfast, which has left him in a wheelchair. But that is only the start of his problems.
Welsh Detective, Anna Cole is running away from a dead-end relationship and the guilt of her mother’s death. She hopes secondment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland will provide a distraction.
There is a killer on the streets targeting young women and leaving behind macabre mementoes to taunt the police.
Can Declan and Anna work together to catch the deranged killer before he strikes again?
And is it ever possible to leave the past behind you?
Sometimes you have to go back to the beginning to know where the ending will take you.
Anna Cole is taking advantage of an offer for a secondment in Belfast to run away from a dead-end relationship in Cardiff, under the guise of trying to find out more about her birth parents.
In Belfast, forensic psychologist Declan Wells is dealing with the aftermath of a car bombing which has left him in a wheelchair. But his life is about to get even worse.
Amidst the turbulence in Belfast, a serial killer is targeting young girls. How are these girls connected?
First let me get this out of my system and issue a fair warning. I can read about the most gruesome details of a murder without batting an eyelid. But when it comes to animals, the urge to leave a book unfinished becomes increasingly overwhelming. Nobody warned me but I think it’s only right I do warn you. There is animal cruelty and there is quite a bit of taxidermy and I have no shame in admitting that I skipped those parts of the story as I preferred keeping my lunch down. 😄
The streets of Belfast are still not quite the place to be for an English cop or detective. I think the author really managed to bring that state of affairs to the fore without it being too dominant. For a city that has had its share of violence throughout the year, how does a generation adapt to the unknown mindset of peace? And in the middle of all of that, a killer is on the loose. Do his ghoulish acts have anything to do with the past? Or is there more at play?
While I found the storyline somewhat repetitive at times, the case the team is working on was an interesting one. You know, except for the icky bits. Little Bird is very well written and has a solid plot with a gripping investigation. I can’t say I particularly warmed to any of the characters but considering their circumstances, I’m not quite sure I was meant to. I mean, lets face it, it’s not like they’re having the best of times. Overall, it does what it says on the tin, or in this case the cover : an enjoyable serial killer thriller.
Many thanks to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for my advanced copy!
Little Bird is available now!
Sharon Dempsey is a Belfast based writer of fiction and non-fiction books, with four health books published. She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre.
Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University and went on to City University, London to do a postgraduate diploma in journalism. She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times.
Through the Arts Council NI’s Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP), Sharon was awarded funding, which she used to acquire mentoring from, bestselling Irish crime writer, Louise Phillips. Louise was a great support while Sharon was writing Little Bird, her first crime novel.