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Book Review | Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror


Title: Cuckoo Song
Author: Frances Hardinge
Publication Date: 19th April 2016 (first published May 8th 2014)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Pages: 432

My Rating(s) : 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Cuckoo Song is about a girl named Triss who involved in a mysterious accident and she’s been delirious every night, doing something weird, always hungry and strange things happened to her afterward. Everything actually, wasn’t a dream. Her sister hates her, her parent seems to hide something about her brother’s death and she learned Triss is not Triss. She change into something else. As she wanted to find the truth, the situation became complicated.


It’s such a creative spine-chilling horror story. Full of psychics & mysteries, a well-combined elements to make the story spook with horrors. Not going to lie, it’s a bit confused & slow at the beginning, but the missing puzzles are put back in pieces from time to time. However, pass half of the chapter, the horror has partially vanished and I think more fantasy-like plot took over and the suspense almost gone. It’s a bit of a disappointment but, I’d praised the counter back to make it back in sense.⠀

I adore by the characters. They played different personalities but something meaningful between the characters. For intense, Pen hates her sister because Pen thought Triss always faking her illness to get their parent’s attention but Pen learned to love Triss when she know the truth. I think there’s a message that we can learn from it. It’s also about family, loyalty and trust. I love how the author concluded the ending. It’s beautiful.

Overall, I truly enjoyed myself reading this book and it’s a perfect Halloween read since the setting was in mid-autumn. If you are looking for a spine-chilling Halloween read, I’d 𝐑𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐃 this book.⠀

Thank you so much for reading my review. Till next time.