#BookReview of The Cuckoo Wood by M.Sean Coleman @mseancoleman @rararesources #giveaway

Posted November 9, 2018 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Giveaways, Reviews and Stuff / 1 Comment

#BookReview of The Cuckoo Wood by M.Sean Coleman @mseancoleman @rararesources #giveaway

The Cuckoo Wood by M.Sean Coleman
Series: Alex Ripley Mystery #1
Published by Red Dog on July 24 2018
Pages: 294
AmazonAmazon US
Also by this author: A Hollow Sky


Samantha Jaynes took her life in the cold lake. Now Rosie Trimble has done the same. Both claimed they had seen an angel. And 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 deaths?

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 dig it up again.

The Cuckoo Wood is the first Alex Ripley Mystery

This is going to be a mini-review, as I still have a few pages to go, but as the boy is leaving for 7 months I have not been able to finish and I wanted to make sure I got my review done for my spot.


So why this book? When I saw the cover and read the blurb I just had to pick this book up! A new series – yes! Paranormal – yes! A spine-chilling storyline- yes!

The cover just sends a chill down my spine, what is it with the women in the white? What is the Kirkdale Angel?

Dr Alex Ripley, the main character of this book, called in to help aid her friend in two local girls suspected suicide. Living in a rural town, where outsiders are not accepted in the fray, and well suicide is just shame, families disowned by the church, the dead girls refused a Christian burial, I mean WTF!

The town made me angry, I was suspicious of all of them, what was going on?! I appreciate they do not like outsiders “sticking their noses” into their business. But have they thought that maybe the outsiders might not appreciate them being so sinular. Ripley is there to help, but not everyone wants her to know their business, watching her every move, well it was chilling. Especially when you read the chapters from the person watching her! Chills going up and down my spine when they were so close watching her that she could almost touch them without realising! 

The problem with the town, something happened in the 70’s, with six girls dying in a supposed suicide pact, there was one survivor, who then is an outcast for being the survivor! As we delve more into the mystery, we learn so much more about the history of this single mind, religious town and the Angel! 

This Angel, to me, has not been sent down from heaven! This Angel is the harbinger of destruction and darkness, not light and life! Making the sightings and talk of it a constant threat to everyone. But is the Angel to blame?

Ripley is a character I could relate to, she too being a wife of a soldier, living the life I dread, a husband missing in action. The strength she has, to choose to live every day, being the “Miracle Detective” and plugging her third book, well I was just in awe of her, her strength shows no bounds, especially with the heartache she bares every day. 

I will admit when I started reading I was not sure what was going on in the book, but once I settled after the horrifying events in the first chapter I quickly fell into step with the writing and story, and have been taken on such an intense roller coaster, waiting to see which twist and turn I would definitely on next!

This book is definitely one of thrills and chills! Something is always going on from trying to discover who Daisy is? Who the Angel is? And basically what the hell is going on in the town! 

I signed up to read book two, and god I can not wait to get back with Ripley!!

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*Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and the author M. Sean Coleman for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*

About M.Sean Coleman

Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.

He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back. He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle.

He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

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