Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
She will change your life forever…
In the south-west of Ireland, rugged mountains meet bright blue lakes and thick forests. Deep in the woods, a young woman lives alone, forever secluded from the world, her life a well-kept secret. She possesses an extraordinary talent, the likes of which no-one has seen before: a gift that will earn her the nickname Lyrebird.
When Solomon stumbles into Laura’s solitary existence, her life is turned on its head. Pulled from her peaceful landscape to the cacophony of Dublin, she is confronted by a world desperate to understand her.
But while Solomon knows the world will embrace Laura, will it free her to spread her wings – or will it trap her in a gilded cage? Like all wild birds, she needs to fly free…
Lyrebird is a thoughtful, deeply moving love story; a story of the wild heart in us all and the quiet that lies underneath the world’s noise
I absolutely love Cecelia Ahern's writing, I have read all her novels and have loved most of them. Over the years her writing style has developed into more magical and fantasy, fantasy is not my genre to read, however Ahern's are the exception.
Personally I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot more than the second half. Bo, Solomon and others from a documentary crew head off to film a funeral to catch up with a family they had been following for one of their most successful pieces of work. A twin from the family had died 'Tom' and they were going back to the family house to film endings of the show. During their time back on the grounds of the family home Solomon stumbles across a young woman in the woods. Laura had been living here for 10 years, she seems to have a magical power/gift she can mimic sounds around her and has been shut off from the outside world.
Bo for me at the beginning of the novel was not likable at all, she came across greedy for a story and only interested in Laura for the fact she could make her a lot of money. She also seemed unprofessional, and that she was using her. Solomon is Bo's boyfriend and through reading the story I didn't feel Solomon was like Bo, he genuinely seemed to care for Laura, I also couldn't see how they were together, they seemed too different.
The story is beautifully written and I loved the description in the countryside, I wish there had been more of this part of the story, I would have happily had the whole story told in the countryside and personally I thought this was over too soon.
There are many parts of the story that I found difficult to get my head around. Laura had been alone for 10 years in the countryside and the outside world must have felt almost alien to her, however she was quick enough to jump in a car and go to the city with Solomon and Bo. She also didn't seem reluctant with the idea of going on a famous T.V show. I found it hard to believe that no one thought Laura's ability was odd and it was just accepted. These things I did think would be unbelievable.
I did enjoy this story, the writing style makes it such an easy read and one that you don't want to stop. You get sucked into Laura's world and feel like you become one of the characters following her on her journey, not knowing how it is going to end.
This was an enchanting tale, a fairy tale for adults. Cecelia Ahern has delivered again with a magical novel. If you are an Ahern fan I recommend you get yourself a copy of this.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly
fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels
worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created
several TV series. She and her books have won numerous awards, including the
Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You. She lives in Dublin
with her family.