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Reviewed by Vered Ehsani for Readers' Favorite
When Marcella’s mom first proposed paying for a family holiday to a 5 star resort in the Adirondack Mountains dedicated to bird lovers, Marcella was thrilled. Her husband and she hadn’t had a real vacation in years, and since he won’t travel anywhere without his beloved parakeet, it seems like the perfect plan. That is before they get lost, the car breaks down, two thugs in a white van almost run them over, and the bird and Mother get electrocuted in the hotel swimming pool. And all that was on the first day. With Mother in hospital and the parakeet sounding eerily human, Marcella doesn’t have the energy to wonder why she keeps seeing the same white van lurking around the hotel. But then her mom gets kidnapped and the hotel room is ransacked, and all bets are off for a relaxing holiday.
One word: FUN! This is a fun read. Described as a ‘cosy mystery’, this light read covers a wide range of genres – romance, mystery, humor and gentle thriller – without losing the plot. While it is a mystery and thriller, it is not an intense one, which makes it a great story to read in the evening (you won’t get too wound up to sleep but there is enough there to keep you hooked). It is in need of some editing, but there was nothing too distracting to stop an enjoyable read. I’d recommend this for anyone (but especially women) who is looking for a light, fun book to curl up with at the beach or in the evening.