Agora Books is so excited to share a sneak peek (and the beautiful cover) of our next debut, to be published September 13th. Marianne Holmes’ A Little Bird Told Me is a lyrical coming-of-age story with a dark and twisted mystery at its heart.
Like small town gossips, we can’t stop talking about this book. So, here it is, a little preview. As you’ll soon find out, you should never keep a secret, and we can bet this is one you’re going to want to share…
We’re all about secrets in this family.
In the scorching summer of 1976, Robyn spends her days swimming at the Lido and tagging after her brother. It’s the perfect holiday… except for the crying women her mum keeps bringing home.
As the heatwave boils on, tensions in the town begin to simmer. Everyone is gossiping about her mum, a strange man is following her around, and worst of all, no one will tell Robyn the truth. But this town isn’t good at keeping secrets.
Twelve years later, Robyn returns home, to a house that has stood empty for years and a town that hasn’t moved on, forced to confront the mystery that haunted her that summer.
And atone for the part she played in it.
They say I’ll never find her.
Kit says it doesn’t matter because we still have each other but not a day goes by when I don’t long for the truth.
I feel her absence aching and flowing through the gaps in our story where the pieces don’t mesh. I see her presence in the spatter of freckles on Kit’s nose and the straight curtain of hair I can’t keep out of my eyes.
They say no one knows where she is.
What they really mean is, they couldn’t find her. I know that’s true because I’ve read the news reports. But there is one person who knows where she is.
‘Family is blood and pain,’ he said, ‘and, one day, I will hunt you down and teach you the meaning of that.’
His breath was bitter with the smell of cigarettes, his eyes spilling sparks of fury and the scar on his cheek stretched and twisted as he spoke. Or it might have. I read about that too, long after Matthew took us far away from here.
‘I will hunt you down,’ he said, and I know he will.
If I’m ever going to find her, this is my last chance. But if I start looking, he’ll come looking for us. I can’t help that – there’s something I need to put right.
Besides, if you were one half evil, wouldn’t you want to know about the other half?
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