Blog Tour! Review of Cuckoo by Sophie Draper ~ #Cuckoo #ThePearDrum #BlogTour #BookReview

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m delighted to share my review of Cuckoo by Sophie Draper!








Sophie Draper



There’s a stranger in your house…

When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again.

But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her, about two little girls and the terrible thing they do.

As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much, and what she was hiding. But does she really want to uncover the truth?






My Review




Caro Crowther is a London-based children’s book illustrator who is struggling to make ends meet in the wake of a bad breakup with long-term partner Paul. When her mother, Elizabeth, passes away, Caro returns home to Derbyshire to attend the funeral. There she meets estranged sister, Steph, a high-flyer in New York. After several years without a single scrap of contact, Steph is keen to heal old wounds and reconnect, and soon announces that she wants to forgo her half of the inheritance. Larkstone Farm and everything inside will belong solely to Caro.



Relieved to have somewhere to go, Caro jumps at the chance to move in and settle some of her mother’s affairs. But it isn’t just the damp walls, dusty books and stray cat that Caro is taking on. Inside Larkstone Farm, the memories she has scrambled to escape her entire adult life still rattle away. Echoes of those long days she hid in her bedroom, out of the reach of her mother’s torment.




Elizabeth, always so cold and unloving, would weave the fairytale of The Pear Drum into Caro’s life, frightening her with the wicked story of two little girls. It has lingered in the back of her mind for years, and when she finds the real pear drum Elizabeth owned hidden away in the attic, the past is revived and all those lonely days she hid away come back to the fore.




Her memories are not the only problem Caro must face. When peculiar things begin happening inside the house, Caro at first puts it down to the vitriolic locals, who clearly wish she hadn’t returned, but soon she isn’t sure what to believe and who to turn to. I felt for Caro, she is very vulnerable, obviously scarred by her past. The story of the pear drum gave me the shivers. I loved how the author draws on this fairytale in Cuckoo, exploring its wicked theme and the profound hold it has on one character.



A gripping novel that examines the seam of malice stretching through the Crowther family and one woman’s desperate attempt to escape the past. Really enjoyed it!



Gripping. Dark. Twisty.





To purchase a copy of the book, you can follow the links below

Amazon UK

Book Depository


About Sophie Draper



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Sophie Draper is a Derbyshire based author. Cuckoo is her first book and won the Bath Novel Award 2017. She also won the York Festival of Writing Friday Night Live Award 2017. A second book is due to be published later in 2019.





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Huge thanks to Sabah and Avon Books for my review copy and blog tour invite!

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