March 5, 2021

The Last Cuckoo – Maria Frankland

Thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for having me on another of her fab blog tours!  This tour is for ‘The Last Cuckoo’ by Maria Frankland.  Thanks must also go to Maria for sending me an advance proof copy of her novel for review.


Do you listen to your mother? Even after she’s dead?

Anna Hardaker is following you …

This seemingly innocent Tweet fills Jamie Hardaker with confusion and fear. After all, his mother Anna has been dead for nearly three weeks.

What follows is an orchestrated Twitter campaign to lead those Anna loved, and didn’t love so much, to the truth behind her “accidental” death.

Released:  4th March 2020

Publisher:  Autonomy Press

Genre:  Domestic Thriller

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This story centres around Jamie, a 23 year old only child who still lives with his mother Anna.  Following Anna’s death and then mysterious tweets coming from her account Jamie tries to work out if the death of his mother was an accident, suicide or murder.

Throughout the book Jamie tells the story in the first person, almost like a diary.  He speaks of his love for his mum, how happy they were, his dislike for his soon to be step-father and his utter disdain for his almost step-sister.  The start of the story is quite heartbreaking as Maria has managed to capture Jamie’s grief in a completely raw manner.

The use of Twitter and Tweets in books is becoming quite the thing and I personally love it!  As we all know Twitter can be a strange place.  The tweets from Anna’s account and the responses to them are spot-on, as is the reaction of Jamie and his family to them.

I enjoyed this book.  Although books written in the first person aren’t usually my cup of tea, I don’t think this story could have been told any other way.  The ending also has a twist… and we all love a wee twist!

The Last Cuckoo is released TOMORROW!  Keep an eye on the rest of the accounts from this tour to see what everyone else thought.

Thanks Maria!

About Maria Frankland

Maria Frankland’s life began at 40 when she escaped an unhappy marriage and began making a living from her own writing and becoming a teacher of creative writing.

The rich tapestry of life with all its turbulent times has enabled her to pour experience, angst and lessons learned into the writing of her novels and poetry.

She recognises that the darkest places can exist within family relationships and this is reflected in the domestic thrillers she writes.

She is a ‘born ‘n’ bred’ Yorkshirewoman, a mother of two and has recently found her own ‘happy ever after’ after marrying again.

Still in her forties, she is now going to dedicate the rest of her working life to writing books and inspiring other writers to also achieve their dreams too!


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Twitter: @writermaria_f

3 thoughts on “The Last Cuckoo – Maria Frankland

  1. Thanks so much Jo for the time you’ve spent reading and reviewing ‘The Last Cuckoo.’ I really value your opinion and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    Telling the story in second person narrative (one character addressing another throughout) was a bit of an experiment to start with, but soon felt like the only way of doing it. Thanks again to you and to Ann Cater.

    1. Ah second/ first person I can never get it right 😂 I enjoyed it, you really feel like you’re getting into his head!

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