Unfortunately for Lucky Bird, her name doesn’t match up with her life. She grows up without her mother – AnnMarie, who vanishes mysteriously and suddenly. Lucky is then raised by her grandmother, Marian, and forced to endure the abuses heaped on her by Tom, Marian’s boyfriend.
It’s very hard to go into the rest of plot without giving up key points, so I’ll leave things kind of general: Marian and Tom do despicable things, Lucky is “rescued” by a kind young man and his family, and after a tragic string of events, a horrible family secret is unveiled.
I Am Lucky Bird by Fleur Philips unfolds quickly, and the plot moves along at a rapid pace. There are a ton of small details that put you right into each scene and, since the story is told from the point of view of Lucky herself, you get a first-hand look at how she’s feeling. However, the only downfall of this point of view is the fact that you truly don’t find out what really happens to AnnMarie and Marian until the end — which is bad if you’re impatient like I am — although the ending is completely worth waiting for.
A ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year award finalist, I Am Lucky Bird is author Fleur Philips debut novel. For more information, or to order the book, go to her website here.
(Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. For more information, please read my disclosure policy.)