The Cuckoo Wood

Author – M. Sean Coleman. 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 dramas, 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 way.

He is obsesses with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprisingly angle.  He writes his novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

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M.  Sean Coleman
Social Media Links –

Facebook –www.facebook.com/mseancoleman.author

Twitter – www.twitter/com/mseancoleman

Publisher – Red Dog Press

Pages – 283

The Blurb –


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.  The second book also out now is The Hollow Sky.

Today is my stop on The Cuckoo Wood blog tour.  Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to review.

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My thoughts – I loved this book.  The writing and the story are completely absorbing.

When two girls are found both drowned in the lake, months apart, it is assumed that they both committed suicide.  Dr Alex Ripley is called in by her friend Emma, who refuses to believe that this is the case.

The town is unwilling to cooperate and when Ripley discovers something similar happened forty years ago, the town actively seek to remove her and turn more devout.  Believing that religion is the only way to save their village from being damned.

Both girls are obsessed with angels and believe to have witnessed one shortly before their death. What part does the angel play in their deaths and how do their deaths connect to similar deaths in 1977.

The book is a brilliant creepy thriller as we follow Ripley discover the secrets that the locals thought they had well hidden.  The descriptions of the woods is so good that you can imagine every leaf underfoot and every breaking branch.

I can’t wait to read The Hollow Sky, the next in the Ripley series.

Purchase links –

Amazon UK –https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cuckoo-Wood-Alex-Ripley-Mystery/dp/1916426212

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Cuckoo-Wood-Alex-Ripley-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07FWGJDHR

Direct from Red Dog Press – https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/shop

And if the book itself wasn’t amazing, enter this giveaway to win these goodies.

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Giveaway to win paperback copy of The Cuckoo Wood, a cool tote bag with book quote from the publisher, a branded bookmark and some chocolates (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


This book counts towards my British Book Challenge

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