Friday, July 25, 2014

ARC review: When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):
What marks the boundary between a miracle of God and the imagination of a child?
Nine-year-old Leah’s invisible friend seems harmless enough until he aids her in upsetting the tranquility of her new town, a place where her parents desperately hoped she’d finally be able to make friends and fit in. Hidden within a picture she paints for a failed toymaker are numbers that win the toymaker millions. Suddenly, townspeople are divided between those who see Leah as a prophet and those who are afraid of the danger she represents. Caught in the middle is Leah’s agnostic father, who clashes with a powerful town pastor over Leah’s prophecies and what to do about them.
When the imaginary friend’s predictions take an ominous turn and Leah announces that a grave danger looms, doubts arise over the truthfulness of her claims. As a violent storm emerges on the day of the annual carnival, Leah’s family and the town of Mattingly must make a final choice to cling to all they know or embrace the things she believes in that cannot be seen.
****Many thanks to Net Galley and Thomas Nelson-Fiction for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***
This insomniac's opinion:
Highly engrossing and readable novel. The mystery of what was happening to Leah and who her imaginary friend unraveled as slowly as a hot summer's day, which was appropriate for the setting of the novel.
I have to say that I am a Christian, but feel that the novel could have been a little less Christian themed and would've packed more of a punch. The ending fell flat for me as I suddenly felt that I was inside of a mediocre Sunday school lesson.
Overall, an interesting read but could've been better.
Rating: 3 stars
Worth staying up all night to read?
The beginning was stay-up-all-night reading, but I lost interest as I read.

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