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Bluebird at my Window by H. Noah comes out on the 15th of Feb! This is their debut novel, and pretty good for a debut!
When faced with trauma, how would you react?
Would you survive, succumb, or lose yourself to your own meaning of justice?
Ann was only seventeen when she died. She tried to be a dutiful daughter, to pray, to repent. But it wasn’t enough. Her mother, Diane, didn’t mean to kill her but when she found Ann consorting with devils, she had no choice. She believed the angels—that in the end, the water would save them both.
But every choice holds weight.
One death, and Arthur is thrown back into the work he wanted to leave. One death, and Richard must face the reality of his choices. One death, and Maddie and Marie are confronted with the hardest parts of love.
If only good intentions were enough to keep them from the carnage of their own decisions . . .
A dark contemporary fiction drenched in blood, this debut novel from H. Noah has an intricate true crime feeling with psychological depth.
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The following book centers around processing trauma. Please be aware that it will touch upon such topics as violence, sexual assault (not overly descriptive), racism, microaggressions, misogyny, incest, and homophobia. This book also focuses on mental health and will cover depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideation, hearing voices, religious fixations, delusions, self-harm, and drug abuse.
This book is dark due to the topics covered. This is not a horror or thriller meant to scare you. Please be kind to yourself and put the book back if you are not in a good place to read any of the things mentioned above.
I liked the plot. The woman is clearly really mentally unwell and we see the impact of that combined with her extreme religious beliefs in her child. Mental health is rarely talked about, rarely treated, and despite how much revulsion you have for what she’s done, you also feel pity for her. I didn’t like how the chapters from her POV were executed, but I can’t really think of an alternative either. However, she was the highlight of the book for me.
I didn’t like Art, and Marie and Maddie just seemed okay. They weren’t characters I really felt a lot towards. I was invested in the case though, and I did like Richard as a character. I just didn’t understand why Art reacted so strongly to this case, and I feel like what happened to Marie was unnecessary and didn’t push the plot along!
While bluebird at my window wasn’t one of my favourite reads of the year, I like the plot and I wouldn’t say no to reading another book by the author. This isn’t a genre I really read, so giving it a solid three stars is good for me because with something like this I’m normally either at 5 stars or 1 stars.