Evie Wyld’s fascinating, disturbing novel follows the troubled life of a young woman named Jake Whyte. The story is told in alternating chapters – present and past. The present is set on a sheep farm on rainy island off Great Britain, where Jake tries to discover who (or what) is attacking her sheep. The chapters located in the past move backward, so that the reader ends the novel in Jake’s childhood in Australia.
Because of the novel’s structure, Jake’s devastating history is told in layers, revealing more and more of the unfortunate events that brought her to the sheep farm. Teenage prostitution and violence are only some of the psychological scars that Jake bears, in addition to the physical scars that mar her back. Wyld’s Jake is unforgettable.
All the Birds, Singing, is terribly beautiful. A must read!
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Review Submitted by: Kaitlyn Grigsby
Rating: Must Read