The Bird Singers

Eve Wersocki Morris

The birds were watching them. The girl could sense their small, bright eyes tracking their every step…

This was a deliciously dark, utterly gripping debut brimming with folklore, a thrilling mystery and dash of horror. The Bird Singers is perfect for fans of recently released Fledgling and Aveline Jones – there’s creepy cottages, flickering lights and things that go bump in the night aplenty!

Although utterly beautiful creatures, there is something mysterious about birds and many species are linked to magic and sorcery. In folklore, supernatural entities take the form of Owls, Blackbirds, Ravens and Crows to assist malevolent forces. The Bird Singers harnesses these dark forces alongside scenes with hints of Alfred Hitchcock-esque, bird-related horror that will make the hairs on the back of your neck prickle!

The whistling had started on their first night. At first, Layah thought it was bird song – a high thin sound which became a melody, rising and falling. And each night, it returned.’

Layah and her younger sister, Izzie have been dragged to a rain-soaked cottage miles from anywhere in the Lake District when strange and terrifying things begin to happen.

First, a peculiar whistling at night and then Layah begins to have visions of a woman with huge yellow eyes and long white hair – could this be linked to murmurings in the village of a shadowed woman that the locals call ‘The Lowesdale Stranger?’

The girls see a poor dead bird in the hedgerow and then one appears on their doorstep, thrown there by a mysterious visitor. And when the girls’ mother starts behaving oddly, Layah is determined to unravel the mysterious events.

Layah is mourning the loss of her dear grandmother in Poland – and can almost hear her Babcia’s voice telling her old myths and fairy tales. And as the holiday takes on a dark twist, Layah begins to wonder if the myths might just be real.

I love a creepy read and this was right up my street!

The Bird Singers will be published by Hodder Children’s Books on 3rd February. With thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for approving me to read an advance copy of the book.

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