Book review: Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

5 Nov

lyrebiShe will change your life forever…

In the south-west of Ireland, rugged mountains meet bright blue lakes and thick forests. Deep in the woods, a young woman lives alone, forever secluded from the world, her life a well-kept secret. She possesses an extraordinary talent, the likes of which no-one has seen before: a gift that will earn her the nickname Lyrebird.

When Solomon stumbles into Laura’s solitary existence, her life is turned on its head. Pulled from her peaceful landscape to the cacophony of Dublin, she is confronted by a world desperate to understand her.

But while Solomon knows the world will embrace Laura, will it free her to spread her wings – or will it trap her in a gilded cage? Like all wild birds, she needs to fly free…

Lyrebird is a thoughtful, deeply moving love story; a story of the wild heart in us all and the quiet that lies underneath the world’s noise.

In Lyrebird Cecelia tells a mesmerising story of love and secrets, shining a light on a world  obsessed with media and fame and asking the reader to consider what the world would be like without all the noise and trappings of our fast paced lives.

The Lyrebird of the title is a nickname given to lead character Laura, a 26 year old woman who has spent the last decade of her life living in a secluded cottage in a remote part of south-west Ireland. Discovered suddenly by a documentary film crew, Lyrebird is the story of Laura’s life as the modern world comes crashing in. She gains her nickname from her ability to mimic the sounds and people around her – just like the mysterious lyrebird.

I really liked the premise for this story and Cecelia sets the scene so well as the documentary crew of Rachel, Bo and Solomon return to Ireland to attend the funeral of one of their subjects.Award winning director Bo is looking for her next project and as she and her team stumble upon the mysterious girl in the cottage in the woods they know they’ve found it.

Bo is an intriguing character and I’ll admit that I didn’t like her very much from the start and for most of the story but I was fascinated by how her mind worked and the lengths that she’d go to to get her story.

Bo’s sound engineer Solomon is also her boyfriend but as he is the first to meet Laura, it’s immediately obvious that there is a connection between them and this sets up the romance angle to the story. I loved Solomon as a character and particularly enjoyed the scenes and banter he has with his big family.

Laura was my favourite character in this book and I loved seeing the world through her eyes and the different, thought provoking perspective that she gave me.  As Laura is swept up into a TV talent contest the contrast with her secluded life in the cottage couldn’t be more different and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen to her.

is Cecelia Ahern’s fourteenth novel and I think it is up there with the best of them. I love how Cecelia continues to find the magic and mystery in the every day and give us different perspectives on our lives.


Lyrebird is our now in hardback, audio and ebook formats from HarperCollins.

I’d like to thank the publisher for providing a review copy of this book.

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