Of Magpies and Men by Ode Ray


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Of Magpies and Men
Ode Ray
This story starts with two dead bodies found off the coast of Italy investigated by Detective Giandomenico. This beginning was kind of inauspicious then became more pronounced as the story unfolds and you wonder if you know them the more details come out. There are a few characters that we meet and follow their journeys until they meet eachother. I love these kind of stories that weave through eachother.

Benedict Grant is a posh Englishman navigating his life fighting his sexuality because of his upbringing.

Marie Boulanger has had a rough life in Marseille with parents that love eachother more than her. Her father, wow he is an example of the saying “you cannot reason with unreasonable people.” She is raising her son Romain alone.

As this story weaves through these lives you get to see how they connect. I thought Ode did such a seamless job of connecting these stories together. I was on the edge of my seat and there was so much humanity that I felt for all the vulnerabilities, mistakes and pain felt by all of them. But not Fatos he is horrible and does not deserve pity. I love Yukinobu, the private investigator. In the end all these people that felt outcast and unloved had become a family.

The cover means so much more once you have met all the characters and timelines in this story. It’s very unique.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

Thank you @authoroderay for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review. This was an amazing debut novel. (Sorry for reading and posting so late) release date Feb 2, 2021

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Can any good come of longings that a person can never satisfy? If so, good for whom?

Two corpses wash ashore in a picturesque Italian village, the violence that put them there is bound to a long-held secret and two strangers living worlds apart with seemingly nothing in common.

Benedict Grant a wealthy Londoner, leading a lonely life.

Marie Boulanger a nurse and single mum, struggling to make ends meet in Marseille.

However, a mother’s illicit revelation will set in motion a chain of events that will reshape their identities, stir poignant family affairs and delve into the by-products of lawless decisions.

With this domestic thriller, discover a captivating and moving story of impossible yearnings, weaving mystery and drama peppered with humour. A tale that will stay with you long after its final page and a twist you won’t see coming.


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