“Some secrets need to be set free…”
Released on 28th April, The Birdcage by Eve Chase follows half-sisters Lauren, Kat and Flora who share a famous artist father – and a terrible secret. Over the years, they’ve grown into wildly different lives. But an invitation to Rock Point, the Cornish cliff house where they once sat for their father’s most celebrated painting, Girls and Birdcage, reunites them.
Rock Point is a beautiful, windswept place, thick with secrets, electrically charged with the events of the summer – twenty years before – that the family daren’t discuss. And there is someone in the shadows watching their every move. Someone who remembers the girls in the painting – and what they did.
Today is my stop on the book tour for this book. Thank you to the publishers for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
There’s nothing I love more than a thriller that verges on the edge of historical fiction and gothic mystery, and The Birdcage perfectly combines these genres.
A compelling and atmospheric mystery led by engaging characters, The Birdcage is a compelling and suspenseful read centred around the innocence of youth, the burden of family secrets, and the pressures of guilt and grief.
We have to begin with the stunning atmosphere of Rock Point. Located on a Cornish cliff, the imagery feels very vivid throughout as Chase paints the perfect picture with her beautiful descriptions. As a resident of Cornwall, I love reading stories that are set here. I instantly felt the harsh wind of the coast, tasted the salt in the air, and felt haunted by the memories that overwhelmed this ominous house.
It’s the perfect setting for this historical mystery, isolating these characters from their outside pressures to bring them together and broach a subject that they have buried for twenty years. The suspense of what happened during this previous summer builds throughout as you’re slowly dripped pieces of information to reveal a story that evokes many emotions.
Swiftly moving between two timelines, everything comes together with great detail and fluidity. By the end, I felt so attached to these characters that their story left me filled with such warmth, leaving me completely satisfied with its subtle twists and surprising revelations.
I loved every minute spent with these wonderfully developed characters, and I definitely want to read more by Chase soon!
The Birdcage by Eve Chase
Hardback Release Date: 28th April 2022
Print Length: 370 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publisher: Penguin Michael Joseph
Some secrets need to be set free . . .
Twenty years after their last visit, half-sisters Lauren, Kat and Flora are summoned to Rock Point: the beautiful and windswept cliff house where they sat for their father’s most famous painting, Girls and Birdcage.
But what should be a joyous return is darkened by memories of the catastrophic events of a summer twenty years before.
Because when the sisters arrive, it is clear that someone is determined not to let the past lie.
Someone who is watching their every move.
Who remembers the girls in the painting, and what they did . . .
Set on the rugged Cornish coast, The Birdcage is a twisty, spellbinding novel with unforgettable characters who must piece together their family’s darkest secrets.
About The Author:
I’m an author who writes rich suspenseful novels about families – dysfunctional, passionate – and the sort of explosive secrets that can rip them apart. I write stories that I’d love to read. Mysteries. Page-turners. Worlds you can lose yourself in. Reading time is so precious: I try to make my books worthy of that sweet spot.
My office is a garden studio/shed. There are roses outside. I live in Oxford with my three children, husband, and a ridiculously hairy golden retriever, Harry.