- Publisher: Riverrun (2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1784297224
- ISBN-13: 978-1784297220
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,577,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Birdwatcher Hardcover – 2016
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"Well told [and] affecting. The writing is beautifully understated, and the characters are vividly drawn and likable in their imperfections. Shaw makes the stony landscape an important element in the work; it becomes, by the end of the story, a place to which readers will feel a curiously strong attachment."―Booklist (starred review)
"Award-winning author Shaw ("Breen and Tozer" series) delivers an outstanding stand-alone novel; its gritty protagonist, intricate plot, and atmospheric description of the English countryside will please readers of Tana French's 'Dublin Murder Squad' series."―Library Journal
"Engaging . . . A fine procedural . . . The action builds to a thrilling ending."―Publishers Weekly
"The Birdwatcher is Shaw's most accomplished book yet, and a demonstration of why so many of his fellow writers have lined up to praise him."―The Independent [UK]
"A brilliantly constructed thriller . . . Utterly compulsive, written in sharp, unsentimental style, and with a wonderfully atmospheric storm-battered setting."―Sunday Mirror [UK]
"William Shaw is, quite simply, an outstanding storyteller. The Birdwatcher is the most gripping book I've read in years."―Peter May, Barry Award-winning author of The Lewis Trilogy
"The Birdwatcher is an astoundingly good crime novel. The characters and setting are brilliantly drawn--the descriptions spare but always telling--and the plot builds to an unforgettable resolution."―Elly Griffiths, author of The Woman in Blue
"A fine, atmospheric, emotionally compelling thriller." Thriller of the Week.―Mail on Sunday [UK]
"A gripping plot, atmospheric setting, highly believable characters, and dialogue you can imagine real people saying, make this a contender for thriller of the year. "―The Sun [UK] --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
William Shaw is an award-winning pop culture journalist, who has written regularly for the UK's Observer and Independent, as well as the New York Times. His previous novels are She's Leaving Home, The Kings of London, and A Song for the Brokenhearted. Shaw lives in Sussex, England. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
This story has a certain slow tempo and style, South is not a man to be hurried and he approaches his job in the same meticulous manner is his bird watching. He forms a connection with Cupidi whose daughter Zoe it would appear is keen to learn the principles of bird watching and South is almost forced to allow her to accompany him on "twitcher" expeditions. There is a presumption by the reader that South and Cupidi have a mutual romantic interest in each other but the author fails to explore this and their feelings never develop beyond their working environment. The author uses South's troubled childhood to introduce an element of intrigue as past and present collide in a bloody conclusion.
I found the whole story to be somewhat boring and lacking in any real warmth towards the characters. It is told in a present and past time line and indeed William's childhood was the most exciting and dangerous part, in contrast to his laborious and humdrum Kent existence.
There is a wonderfully clever use of the past/present vibe as we come to learn what led South to murder in the first place and how that follows him through life – mixed in with the present day murder investigation and some beautifully placed scenes of his normal routines in life. The birdwatching aspects were fascinating enough to make me consider taking it up and the relationship South builds with both Cupidi and her daughter just had a beautiful depth which made you worry about where they would all end up. Especially considering the secrets being kept, all in all its quite the page turner.
The setting is realistic, you can see it right there and I adored the descriptive sense of feeling William Shaw brought to all of that, a true sense of place and it just added so much to the overall. The mystery is enticing and there are surprises along the way, I was very randomly upset by the ending in that “ohhhh” way (the best way) – I can only hope perhaps that these characters will be revisited in another novel. Yes that is a blatant questioning glare I’m giving there so if you read this Mr Shaw – Hmm.
Really really good. In fact as I said on twitter having just finished it – bloody good.
For me this book had just the right amount of suspense and the build up was great. I really enjoyed the nature aspects of the book too and the writing style which drew you in slowly. Its one of those books that runs the past and present stories in alternate chapters so its growing in two areas- and what was mentioned was highly realistic. This was the first book I have read by William Shaw and he's definitely one I'm adding to my favourite authors list - 5 stars for this book from me, I really enjoyed it
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