Winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Award
Who or what is watching Jake Whyte from the woods?
Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It's just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep - every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags. It could be anything.
There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake's unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colour and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back.
Set between Australia and a remote English island, All the Birds, Singing is the story of how one woman's present comes from a terrible past.
©2013 Evie Wyld. Due acknowledgement to Jonathan Cape as first publisher of the Work. The Author has asserted her right to be identified as author of the Work. (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Wyld [is] shaping up into a name to watch…her second novel is unsettling, dark and extraordinarily fresh... if you’ve been waiting for a cross between Nicola Barker and Christos Tsiolkas, this is it. Although, better than that, it’s an inimitable, original new voice. Can’t wait to read more." (The Times)"A strange, disturbing and admirably original story… there are tantalising hints of menace." (Evening Standard)
I couldn't get past the first chapter. Listening to an audiobook makes the imagery a little too realistic and I found that I could get past the first 30 minutes. I have no motivation to go back to it. Perhaps it would be a better story in written form and I would enjoy it but I do not recommend this book based on the small amount I have listened to.
The synopsis sounded intriguing but I was so disappointed. The story had the makings of a good book but I felt the back and forth from past to distant past to present ( which I usually like) was in this case very confusing and overall left so many threads hanging. It was as if the book was rushed to the finish line leaving out crucial pieces of the puzzle. Caroline Lee is one of my favourite narrators and one of the reasons I chose this book but won't go for a second by this author.
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