Welcome to Dark Reads stop on another Random Things Tour for Stone The Dead Crows. With thanks to Anne and to Carrie for inviting me to take part and providing me with an advanced review copy of the book.
About The Book
From the No.1 bestselling author of When He’s Not Here comes a tense and twisting new heartstopper.
Three sisters. Two strangers. One secret.
Maggie has an impossible choice. Stay and protect her family from the hooded stalker in the woods? Or
return to Rose and help her fight the doctors who want to remove life support from their sister, Daisy?
There’s a man at Daisy’s bedside. He says Rose can trust him. But he’s telling her disturbing things
about her devoted new husband that can’t possibly be true.
Two strangers start the clock. It’s ticking for three devoted sisters. And when time runs out, they won’t
just be fighting for each other’s survival. They’ll be fighting for their own.
Three. Two. One.
The countdown has begun.
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1913692086
- ISBN-13 : 978-1913692087
- Publisher : Little Robin Press
You can grab yourself a copy of the book and audio book here.
Dark Reads Review
Well, what a ride Stone The Dead Crows is! Not going to lie, I loved it!
It is one of those books where you won’t want me to tell you too much more about the plot than is in the blurb. You really need to discover it for yourself, I don’t want to drop any spoilers.
This is a psychological thriller and is sure to have you page turning, I know I was.
The book is told from the point of view of three sisters, each chapter alternates between characters so you are getting steady character development from each. The story is so beautifully written there is no confusion between the chapters, the characters personalities are so different and well told that there is no mistaking which sister’s chapter you are reading.
I was so captivated by Rose’s story especially, she is flawed in a naive type of way but her growth through the book is amazing.
As well as the characterisation being top notch the scene setting and imagery is perfectly portrayed. It was one of those reads where you kind of feel like you are watching it rather than reading it.
I also wanted to mention that Stone The Dead Crows touches on some really important subject matters; Domestic abuse/violence, Psychopathy, mental heath issues and coma. Every single angle was really well researched and informative.
What I will say about the plot, this is a story full of twists and turns, there were questions in my mind the whole way through, I knew there was going to be a twist behind one part of the story but I just couldn’t predict it! When the twist came I was nowhere near, it was awesome and made me think back to all that I had read and things just fell into place. This is a beautifully written, well researched psychological thriller that will pull you in and leave you thinking about it long after you have finished. I can’t remember reading a thriller I have enjoyed this much in a long time, Stone the Dead Crows comes highly recommended from Dark Reads.
I also Loved this so much I got the Audible Audio book so I could listen while I was driving or doing housework or any time I couldn’t be sat with the book in my hand. The Audiobook is also beautifully done and I really loved the fact there were 2 narrators.
About The Author
AUTHOR BIO (the official one)
Carrie Magillen spent fifteen years as a computer engineer working for IBM and Sun Microsystems, all the while with a yellowing copy of Plot by Ansen Dibell on her bookshelf.
She left IT in 2006 and studied creative writing at Webster University in the Netherlands, Wollongong University in Australia, and Winchester University in England.
She lives in Hampshire with her husband and two American cocker spaniels.
Her debut novel, When He’s Not Here, was a No.1 bestseller in 2020. Stone the Dead Crows is her second novel.
Carrie loves hearing from readers and you can reach her via her website
AUTHOR BIO (the less boring one)
Carrie Magillen is the bestselling author of When He’s Not Here.
She was born in Cambridge and
worked as a computer engineer for fifteen years, all the while with a yellowing copy of Plot by Ansen Dibell on her bookshelf and her soul dying a little every time she asked if you’d switched it off and back on again.
When her husband said, ‘Never let a little thing like money stand in the way of your dreams,’ she studied creative writing at Webster (NL), Wollongong (AU) and Winchester (UK)… not because of a fanaticism with Ws.
She now lives in a quaint Hampshire village with her husband and two very hairy children American Cocker Spaniels.
Despite growing everything from carrots to cucamelons, fermenting
vegetables and clabbering milk, she’s actually pretty normal.
Be sure to check out the prior and upcoming reviews on the Tour!