Book Review: A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley

A Murder of MagpiesSynopsis:

Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.

Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vayda and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.

“Richly written, A MURDER OF MAGPIES isn’t a book to be read, but one to be devoured by the light of a dying fire. Sarah Bromley will pull readers in and have them glancing constantly over their shoulder, where the ghosts of the past await them.”
– New York Times bestselling author Heather Brewer

“A MURDER OF MAGPIES is one of those books I couldn’t put down… a little bit mystery, a little bit horror, a little bit love story–there’s something for everyone on these pages. Rich, well-written, and different in a genre desperate for something a little bit different…” — Hillary Monahan, author of MARY: THE SUMMONING
A deliciously, dark Gothic tale of lies, manipulation, and forbidden love. A MURDER OF MAGPIES will haunt you long after the last page is read. –Cole Gibsen, author of the KATANA trilogy and THE SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERIMENT.

About the Author: 

Sarah Bromley drinks too much coffee, likes her music loud and off-key, and has loved spooky things since she first saw “An American Werewolf in London” when she was five years old. She currently lives in the St. Louis area with her high-school-sweetheart-turned-heroic-husband, three children, and three dogs. You can find her on Twitter and at her blog. She also writes under the name Sarah Jude. She is represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

My Review:

A really interesting way to set out a book. Multiple POV, which to be honest I usually dislike, but because the heart of the book was a mystery, it worked really well and seamlessly came together at the end. It was also kind of hard to out down once you got into it, as every chapter brought you another piece of the puzzle.

From a writer’s perspective, my hat is off to the author. To keep the reader hooked like that and keep the story straight whilst maintaining different characters (who all had very different personalities) must have been a true excercise in organisation. The Silver Twins were interesting yet hauntingly tragic characters that, for me, were very easy to feel for – which is half the battle in any book. The only thing I would say is that the start of the book was quite jerky because of this POV method and so some readers may find it difficult to get into.

The front cover is beautiful – very gothic and eye-catching – Month9 really have some of the best cover designs around today!

Overall, I’d give a Murder of Magpies 4 out of 5 stars – I’d recommend starting the book when you have at least one consecutive hour to read – it will be worth it.

Oh and Happy Bonfire Night to all the UK followers!




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