In the south-west of Ireland, rugged mountains meet bright blue lakes and thick forests. Deep in the woods, a young woman lives alone, forever secluded from the world, her life a well-kept secret. She possesses an extraordinary talent, the likes of which no-one has seen before: a gift that will earn her the nickname Lyrebird.
When Soloman stumbles into Laura’s solitary existence, her life is turned on its head. Pulled from her peaceful landscape to the cacophony of Dublin, she is confronted by a world desperate to understand her.
But while Soloman knows the world will embrace Laura, will it free her to spread her wings – or will it trap her in a gilded cage? Like all wild birds, she needs to fly free…
Author of Flawed, How to Fall in Love, and A Place Called Here, Ahern has a way of subtly bringing our attention to real, current events. Her newest book, Lyrebird, presents us with the issue of being too consumed by the latest story, and the realisation sinks in that we need to take a step back from ourselves.
26 years of being hidden away from society, Laura enjoys the simplistic things in life and takes time to listen to the sounds that encompass her. Captivating comes to mind where I imagine her mimicking a bird’s chirp, a dog’s bark, the wind rustling the trees; all things we have become used to and no longer pay attention to. So often we are attached to our technological devices that we forget about our surroundings, and what is so beautiful about the world. I think that is what makes this books so enchanting. “She’d no phone to check, no watch on her wrist. She was simply there, present in the now”.
Although we are introduced to many characters, and we see the story from Laura’s, Soloman’s and Bo’s point of view, we are mostly enchanted by Laura’s charm and beauty. When Laura’s father dies, she finds herself lost, with no reason to stay in her cottage away from humanity. She’s suddenly revealed to the world, and now all she wants to do is turn back time, to return to the place she felt most at home.
Like any book we are taken through a narrative that produces meaning, but Ahern has the ability to create a story that we can recognise and reflect onto our own surroundings. This book will leave you with the feeling of acceptance and love, not just for the characters, but for yourself as well.
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