Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on 4/15/2014
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Alone on a dreary, secluded British island, Jake Whyte wakes to find that something, or someone, has killed some of the sheep she is responsible for tending. Jake grows increasingly paranoid as she begins to hear scratching and voices in the night, shaken by both her solitude and the haunting fears of the life she left behind.
Told in a series of flashbacks intersected by present day, readers journey backward through Jake’s life, as All the Birds, Singing pieces together the horrific events that led her to seek life alone on a quiet island. Through this style, Wyld builds not only the tension of her beautiful novel, but the depth of its increasingly complex protagonist.
“I can feel my strong arms floating from my shoulders, as weak as feathers. I want to do something to make him understand that it is important that this doesn’t happen. I am sorry for my bad behaviour, I want to tell him, I want to say I won’t do it again, I promise. I will take the beating with a brush, but not this. But all I can make is the word ‘Please.'”
The atmosphere of All the Birds, Singing is full of weight and rain, soaking every page of the novel in a ceaseless dampening that readers can practically smell. Wyld’s writing makes it nearly impossible not to feel Jake’s isolation, strength and tension.