Why did it take me so long while reading When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey to realize it was the prequel to In the Heart of the Dark Wood? It could have prepared me for this crazy ride and the disappointing ending.
"What marks the boundary between a miracle of God and the imagination of a child?
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."
This book is a religious supernatural one, yet once again with Coffey's writing, I didn't not find the ending very religious. The spiritual being in this book doesn't seem very good at all.
With that said, this book was read all in one afternoon. Once I picked it up, I had to finish it. And then it takes a weird turn about three chapters from the end and comes to a disappointing end. Which then happens all over again in the sequel.
Which leaves me to question What is a great book? Is it one that you get completely immersed in? Is it only if you agree with how the book ends? I'm not sure. What I do know is that Coffey's books so far have pulled me in, and while I may be disappointed in the end destination, I did enjoy the ride.
This book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.