Book Review : Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

November 16, 2016 Book review 11 ★★★★½

Can you imagine living your life in total isolation? And then being thrust in the craziness of a reality show? No! Me, neither but that is the intriguing premise of Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern.

Book Review : Lyrebird by Cecelia AhernLyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
Published by HarperCollins on October 24th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Publisher
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Life is in two parts: who you were before you met her, and who you are after.

A documentary crew discover a mysterious young women living alone in the mountains of West Cork. Strikingly beautiful she has an extraordinary talent for mimicry, like the famous Australian Lyrebird. The crew, fascinated, make her the subject of her story, and bestow the nickname upon her.

When they leave, they take Lyrebird with them back to the city. But as she leaves behind her peaceful life to learn about a new world, is she also leaving behind a part of herself? For her new friend Solomon the answer isn’t clear. When you find a rare and precious thing, should you share it – or protect it…

ARC REVIEW Refreshing Romance smart & funny

First Line of Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

“He moves away from the others, their constant chat blending into a tedious monotonous sound in his head.”

My Thoughts on Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Laura (aka Lyrebird) is such a unique character. Twenty six year-old Laura has been sheltered from the world and lives all alone in a cabin in an isolated park of the Cork countryside. Laura mimics sounds in a natural, effortless way, mostly she doesn’t even know she is doing it. Her squawks, and cries, and all her sounds fill the book with a whimsical energy.

I loved Laura. When she is discovered by the film crew, she makes a thoughtful, informed decision on how to change her life. Maybe influenced a little by her instant attraction to soundman Solomon. And damnit, I can’t resist the pun but he really is a sound man. Just perfect for Laura.

Lyrebird is a book with a warm feel, lots of witty conversations and an inevitable romance. Sometimes when reading a book, I love to see the character grow but here I was happy just to see Laura as she was. She had things to learn about the harsh realities of life, and she needed people to love, but I didn’t feel she needed to grow. She was already wise just from knowing herself so well.

The reality show backdrop angered me, provoked me and raised lots of interesting issues to ponder over. I won’t lie, I enjoy some reality shows but I do worry about how they can exploit vulnerable people. And this book put words around the thoughts that I already had in my mind.

Overall all this is an enchanting story with a haunting theme and likeable characters. The ending was predictable but I had such fun along the way that I didn’t overly mind. When you want to silence the noise of your everyday life, this is a perfect book to do just that with.


Rating Report
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Overall: four-stars


Who should read Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern?

I’d highly recommend this book to you if you like contemporary Irish settings, whimsical storylines and characters to root for. Fans of authors such as Carmel Harrington, Sheila O’Flanagan and Aimee Alexander should also enjoy.

Thanks to Harper Collins Ireland for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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11 Responses to “Book Review : Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern”

  1. Kathryn

    I have as yet to read Cecilia Ahern, I think I have one of her books on my TBR paperback shelf though. However I think when I sample her after reading your review I think this is where I am going to start. Really love how you describe Laura.
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  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I think I would have similar issues to you with the reality show. While many are fun I have to feel like every participant is willing and aware or it makes me uncomfortable and it seems impossible that Laura given her unique situation could be fully both of those. It does sound like a beautiful book and Laura sounds like a wonderful and unique character. Definitely a story I would enjoy.
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  3. Heidi

    Sounds like a unique and different book. For some reason it is reminding me of a movie I saw years ago with Jodie Foster. She mimicked bird sounds. I will have to look this up becasue I am curious.

  4. Lola

    That’s an intriguing premise! I can’t imagine going from one such an extreme to another.
    I like seeing characters change or grow in a book, but like you said sometimes there is no need for that and it’s fun to read about how they are without that needing to change. Laura sounds like an intriguing main characters. I have read some books about reality shows and they often make me feel those emotions as well, they can be fun to read about sometimes. Great review!
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