Little Bird by Sharon Dempsey Blog Tour
Some secrets are best kept quiet. Declan Wells, a forensic psychologist, has a lot on his plate. He has been struggling with the aftermath of a car bomb, which has left him in a wheelchair, his wife has been dutiful but Declan is certain she is having an affair, and his eldest daughter Lara’s new property developer husband, has dubious business practices.
Meanwhile, Anna Cole is running away from her mother’s death and a stale relationship. On secondment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland from Wales, Anna hopes that she can throw herself into work to distract herself from her guilt. Then the murders begin and the killer leaves behind some very strange messages. Can Anna and Declan work together to catch this deranged murderer?
Will either of them be able to get over their turbulent pasts?
Wicked and twisted with a touch of macabre, Little Bird was a fantastic thriller that I devoured in 24 hours. Dempsey writes a chilling tale as we go inside the mind of a serial killer who is attacking young women at public venues, mere feet from their friends and families. The killer is brazen, cunning and elusive leaving the police with little to go on as they try to maintain calm within the city while attempting to apprehend the mastermind behind the disturbing murders. As luck would have it, the first victim is none other than the young daughter of prominent forensic psychologist, Declan Wells. His relationship with the police department has been incredibly strained since he was the target of a car bomb that left him wheelchair bound. Declan has never been able to shake the feeling that the police were covering for the party responsible. The lead Detective on the case, Anna Cole, comes with plenty of baggage of her own and only time will tell if she and Declan can put their personal issues aside and bring the madman to justice.
Dempsey writes the story from the perspective of Anna as well as the serial killer and she did an excellent job of delving in to the mind of a true psychopath. The killer was creepy and downright evil and Dempsey’s portrayal of his difficult upbringing along with his evolution in to the warped individual he became was extremely well done. This book also delves into a great deal of police procedure and the politics of Northern Ireland. While that may sound like a lot to tackle within the pages of one book, Dempsey expertly incorporated it all in to a fast paced, gripping read. If you like your thrillers on the darker side, then this is one you will not want to miss! Many thanks to Sarah Hardy and her team at Bloodhound Books for providing me with an arc of this excellent 4 star read.
About the Author::
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.
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