The Cuckoo Wood – M. Sean Coleman


Samantha Jaynes took her life in the cold lake. Now Rosie Trimble has done the same. Both claimed they had seen an angel. And they’re not the only ones.

A spate of teenage suicides rattles the rural community of Kirkdale, in England’s Lake District. Before they died, each of the girls talked about seeing an angel. Is this collective hallucination, or is something more sinister leading these young girls to their deaths?

That’s a question for Dr Alex Ripley, the so-called Miracle Detective. Brought in to help the police, she finds a community rooted in fear and suspicion, bound by their strange faith, unwilling to help, unable to forgive.

Because the people of Kirkdale have buried their dark past once, and they’re not about to let Ripley dig it up again.

The Cuckoo Wood is the first Alex Ripley Mystery



My review

Is it wise to bring the past back …

The first thing that attracted me was the cover. I had something very inviting and mysterious and I was really intrigued. So this already ticked a box for me.

The first few pages were a bit confusing, but very soon it became clear what it was about. Throughout the whole book you have a constant feeling of creepiness and suspense. It is not fast paced, but the story slowly builds up towards the final revelations.

I like stories about mysteries happening in a small village, where everybody closes up and you don’t know who to turn to in order to find out the truth.

It is the first part in a new series and even though we don’t know a lot about Dr Ripley yet, I liked the character.

The only thing that disturbed me a bit was that everybody was called by his first name except for Alex. It felt distant to me and I wonder if there was a reason for it. 4 stars.

Thank you, M. Sean Coleman and RachelsRandomResources.


About the author

Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series. He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back. He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

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