Friday, July 5, 2013

When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey

  This is a very unique story.  Leah and her family have moved to the small town of Mattingly, where they hope for a fresh start.  Leah struggles with a stutter and is very shy, but she meets Allie and the Rainbow Man on the day of her 9th birthday party, the day she is given an easel.  At first people think the Rainbow Man is an imaginary friend, but when she starts painting amazing pictures that seem to come true, she claims he told her what to paint.  Her father, a psychologist, is torn between his failure to help his daughter and his need to save his patients.  One of the pastors in town can't see any good in this Rainbow Man, while an elderly man sees his salvation.  When her paintings become more foreboding, everyone will be faced with a choice that will mean life or death.

This was very interesting, but not what I thought it would be like.  It was a somewhat dark and serious read.  We get perspectives of several different people, which I liked.  Faith is talked about quite a bit, but more in reference to believing in the Rainbow Man and whether He is supposed to be God.  Some of the characters had mistaken ideas about God, but it was all left a bit vague.  I liked that it kept me guessing because I wasn't sure if the Rainbow Man was good or not or even real or not.  I enjoyed the writing and the characters.   I do plan to check out his other books, though I didn't love this one.

I received this book free from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.

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