Hello and welcome back to another book review! I’m slowly catching up on my reviews that I owe you from while I was on holiday in Turkey. Today’s review is of Cecelia Ahern’s Lyrebird.
Having not read any of Cecelia Ahern’s books before, I saw Lyrebird in one of the buy one get one half price offers at the start of summer and thought I would give it a try. I know the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but I just couldn’t help myself! The gold and blue stood out amongst all the other covers, and I instinctively reached for it. Thank goodness I did!
Life is in two parts: who you were before you met her, and who you are after.
On the edge on Ireland’s west coast, rugged mountains meet wild sea and bright blue lakes. Deep in the forest, surrounded by farmland, a girl lives alone in a small stone cottage. Then, into her peaceful landscape comes a documentary crew.
Solomon’s skill is sound. He records, he listens, he hears. And when he meets the girl – Laura – he discovers that she has an extraordinary talent: an ability to mimic sounds. It’s a gift that earns her the nickname Lyrebird. A gift like nothing he’s ever experienced.
From that point, Laura’s life is turned on its head. When the documentary crew offers her a way forward, a bridge to another kind of life, she takes it.
But while Solomon knows the world will love 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, beautifully drawn and deeply moving story of secrets, the bonds of family, and of how we learn to be who we really are.
I have to say, I expected this to be a light-hearted quick read – the perfect holiday book! Yet, I was happily surprised by the thought-provoking depth to this novel.
What started off as a stereotypical love story in which the boy loves the girl but is with the wrong girl and doesn’t realise until it’s too late, gradually evolved into a story about the effect an individual can have on the world. What power we, as individual people, can have on the world around us and the people we meet throughout our lives.
There were times when I felt the plot kind of ran away from itself. Certain bits of the story felt unnecessary at the time, but they all tied up in the end so if you’re reading this book and feel that way, remember they will all connect eventually.
I loved the idea that a woman could imitate sounds so perfectly that she brought others back in time and through the ages, all by making noises. Much the way music can transport us to another time or place, and yet the noises Laura made were more magical because they are the little things in life that no one picks up on but they’re always around us.
To be honest, this book wowed me. I felt quite overwhelmed by it when I finished, and yet I can’t quite word why I felt this way. Should you read Lyrebird? Yes. Can I explain why? No. Other than to say this book will move you in ways that I can’t quite explain and that you wouldn’t expect from a love story such as Lyrebird.