THE EARTHQUAKE BIRD, by
Mysterious Press/Time Warner - September 2001
ISBN: 0892967240 - Hardcover
Suspense / Contemporary in Japan with memories of England
Mild Violence / Explicit love scenes
Reviewed by Jo Rogers,
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THE EARTHQUAKE BIRD marks the sparkling debut of Susanna Jones. She brings us a chilling psychological suspense story, taking us into the mind of a killer.
Lucy Fly never meant to be
a killer. But, beginning with her brother,
Noah, she had been responsible, directly or indirectly, for the deaths of several people. Her parents hadn't wanted her, as she was the youngest of eight children, and the only girl. Having a daughter had been a disappointment to George and Miriam Fly. The death of Noah had further alienated her from her family. Thus, the entire family seemed relieved when Lucy went to Tokyo and found work as a translator.
She had been there for ten years, and had found Teiji, her photographer lover. She had all but forgotten Yorkshire until Lily Bridges, a pretty nurse from Hull, came to Tokyo. At first, she was friends with Lucy. But then she came between Lucy and Teiji. So, when her neighbor saw Lucy speaking angrily to Lily, and then Lily's dismembered body washed up on the beach, the police immediately began to question Lucy.
THE EARTHQUAKE BIRD is a journey into the delicate psyche of a woman starved for love from birth that suddenly finds herself charged with the murder of her rival. The haunting ending leaves a number of unanswered questions, untold stories. Fortunately, this book is a quick read, and you won't have to put it down. You won't be able to do so, even when you finish.
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