Book Review: The Cuckoo Woods by M. Sean Coleman

It’s November and the nights are drawing in, making it ideal to curl up and read. The Cuckoo Wood by M. Sean Coleman is the first book in the Alex Ripley series and thank you @rararesources and @mseancoleman for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and read this novel.

Book Review: The Cuckoo Wood by M. Sean Coleman


The Cuckoo Wood

The Cuckoo Wood by M.Sean Coleman

Title: The Cuckoo Wood

Author: M. Sean Coleman

Publisher: Red Dog

Genre: Mystery and suspense

Release Date: 24th July 2018



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 series

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My thoughts

My first thought reading this was wishing I had read it over Halloween; it has a spooky, eerie feeling perfect to that time of year. It has everything you would associate with a classic ghost story – creepy woods, malevolent atmosphere, an isolated village closing ranks against an outsider and a mystery spanning decades.

The premise of someone investigating crimes linked to the paranormal grabbed my attention and it did not falter until the last page. This novel kept me guessing whether the suicides were caused by human activity or mystical. The village is full of personalities with secrets it was hard to know who to trust as they are strongly controlled by the small devout church. This suspicion and the unnerving world M. Sean Coleman has created made me turn the pages longer after bedtime.

The Miracle Detective , Dr Alex Ripley is a strong, realistic protagonist and I am pleased this is part of a series not a standalone,  I want to read more about her past and discover other cases.

Would I recommend?

Yes, I can’t wait to read more so am pleased I have another of the series on my TBR pile – watch this space. This is an author I am looking forward to follow.

Author Biography

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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 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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I am pleased to share a 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)

Thanks again to @rararesources

Why not catch up with other reviews and chat about The Cuckoo Wood on blogs also in the tour.

Good luck and happy reading!

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