My Rating: 4 Stars
When the Owl Sings centres around Mason Rhimes, a journalist in the 21st century the US, whose dreams are linked to an ancient Maya civilisation. After having time-off his work, still recovering from the death of his fiance, Mason starts a journey of self-discovery and full of mysterious events that torture him nightly. His thrilling journey takes him to a small town that not everything or everyone is what it seems, learning that the curse he has been trying to hide might be the only way to have the country. There are three different perspectives in the book that complete this plot.
The reader is taken on a journey through a world that isn't always open to the things that aren't physical or logically explained. The tone of this book reflects the rocking path of discovering and accepting the darkest parts of yourself by going deep inside your heart and by reaching out to other people. The struggle of the main character throughout the narrative is deep and truly shows how people deal with the ups and downs of life differently.
The title has very well chosen for this narrative. It's an essential part of the understanding of the old Mayan civilisation and its beliefs but also a very creative way to show that what goes around, comes around.
The book is well written and the depth of the knowledge in criminal mind, the spiritual and the dream world, and the understanding of the human psychology is outstanding. I particularly appreciated the detailed description of the meaning of the dreams, which ties up perfectly with the rest of the events. I could definitely relate to the pain caused by death can bring a type of wisdom that allows people to change, appreciate life more knowing that time is limited and should be used wisely.
All in all, it's a clever and refreshing debut and I can't wait to see that comes next from Maloney.
Thank you NetGalley, the publisher Two Harbors Press, and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.
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