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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Book Review - Death of a Cuckoo by Wendy Percival

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Review by Anniek

Gina returns to her family home after the death of her mother. She already lost her father and now that her mother is gone as well Gina is left all alone. She's an only child, which means she unfortunately has no other siblings to help her through these difficult times. When Gina is going through the mail she opens a letter that has been sent by a former friend of her mother. This letter holds the most devastating news, that makes Gina question everything about her past. Gina was adopted and is now determined to find out more about her birthparents. She hires Esme Quentin to help her uncover the truth. Now that Gina and Esme are digging for clues not everybody is happy with what they may find. What will happen when the truth is about to be unraveled?

Gina had a happy childhood and she's heartbroken when she finds out that she has been lied to. She loves her parents so much and wished that they would've told her the truth. Gina is determined to find out what happened and will not back down before she has the answers she so desperately needs. Gina is such a strong person. She's grief stricken about losing her parents, but she keeps going. Gina also has to find it in her heart to forgive them for the choices they made. I was hoping for her to find out the truth about her birthparents, so that she'd have the peace she needs and couldn't wait to find out what it was. 

Death of a Cuckoo is a heart wrenching story about finding out where your roots lie. I always find it fascinating to read about family dynamics, about why people make certain choices and how they go through life. They are topics I love to learn more about. I liked Wendy Percival's creative descriptions and writing style a lot and highly recommend her book. I really loved this emotional rollercoaster.

Death of a Cuckoo is perfect for readers who love a good mystery that will keep them guessing until the very end.

About Wendy Percival

Wendy Percival was born in the West Midlands and brought up in the Worcestershire countryside. After training as a primary school teacher she moved to North Devon in 1980 to take up her first teaching post and remained in teaching for 20 years.

An impulse buy of Writing Magazine inspired her to start writing seriously. She won Writing Magazine’s Summer Ghost Story competition in 2002 and had a short story published in The People’s Friend before focusing on full length fiction.

The time honoured ‘box of old documents in the attic’ stirred her interest in genealogy and became the inspiration for the Esme Quentin mystery novels Blood-Tied and The Indelible Stain. She is currently working on the third in the series, where the clandestine past of the Second World War provides the secret world into which Esme must delve to uncover the truth.

When she’s not writing fiction, Wendy conducts her own family history research, sharing her finds on her blog,

Wendy lives in a Devon thatched cottage beside a 13th century church with her husband and a particularly talkative cat.

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  1. I don't usually read mysteries but this one sounds really enticing! I'm curious as to what the MC finds out about her "real" parents!

  2. It sounds intriguing and has a really good story line.

  3. I love a good mystery. And when everything supposed to be based on a lie, it intruiques me even more.

  4. I liked the review, sounds like a good read.

  5. Thanks for your enthusiastic review, Anniek. Glad you enjoyed meeting Esme. ;-)

  6. Looks very engaging!


  7. Every family has it's secrets but it certainly sounds like Gina's going to need friendship and strength to get to the bottom of this mystery.

  8. I like books about families and their secrets. Thanks for the rec.

  9. Death of a Cuckoo sounds like a great read. I can't imagine how heartbreaking it would be to find out at such a late date after so much trauma that one was adopted. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out. Thanks for the review!

  10. Oooo this sounds very emotional and mysterious! I hope she ends up better for having found out the truth!