Billy Coffey’s newest novel, When Mockingbirds Sing, kept me guessing to the end. It’s kind of a bizarre story, but gives a worthwhile message at the end. A few questions are left unanswered, but I suspect that was intentional. Coffey’s next book, which comes out in March 2014, will be set in the same town. I’m already curious to see what will happen next in Mattingly.
When Mockingbirds Sing is the story of a little girl named Leah and her invisible friend, the Rainbow Man. Leah and her family are new to the town. Because Leah is quite shy and tends to stutter—a lot—her parents throw her a birthday party and invite the whole town. There Leah meets Allie who chooses her as her new best friend. Barney, the town’s toy maker, brings an easel as Leah’s birthday gift. This is where the troubles begin.
Leah’s mysterious paintings seem to predict the future and quickly divide the town. Is she gifted or cursed? And is the Rainbow Man real? Each person, including Leah’s parents, Allie, Barney, and the town’s minister, must choose what to believe and how to respond to this young girl.
I received a complimentary copy of When Mockingbirds Sing from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for this honest review. I was thankful for the opportunity to read this intriguing book.