The Songbird Girls

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 20 Dec 2018

Member Reviews

This is the first book that I’ve read by Richard Parker and it was right up my street.
It is the second in the series but I read it without any issues of past history etc..
Interesting, fast paced and I didn’t guess the twist.
Was this review helpful?
The Songbird Girls by Richard Parker this was the 2nd Tom Fabian book and I am looking forward to seeing what is going to happen next! Fast paced mystery that I was immersed in! Thank you Netgalley and the Publishers Bookouture for this book and leaving my review.
Was this review helpful?
Tom Fabian is the central character is this book. I found out at the end that this is actually the second book to feature him and the first novel deals with the case that forms the basis for the plot in this book. It didn’t spoil this book at all not to have read the previous one.
Christopher Wisher is in prison for murder. He summons Fabian to visit him and hands him a diary. Fabian dismisses the diary as irrelevant but then Wisher commits suicide and bodies start to appear. Is there a copycat killer? Has Wisher manipulated someone into continuing his work?
Meanwhile, Fabian’s daughter is in danger too…
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and the characters are appealing and pleasant. The sense of danger that Tilly Fabian is in is a great narrative strand, giving an emotional side to contrast with the police procedure. There is also a personal side to Fabian and his police colleagues which I’m sure will be developed in later books.
I admit to feeling a little disappointed at the ending as it all wrapped up very quickly. However, the final chapter which hints at the future novels was a great hook to make me want to read more!
Was this review helpful?
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and the author, Richard Parker, for the opportunity to read a digital copy of The Songbird Girls in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.
It is not often that I read a thriller and cannot pick whodunit. This book, I did not see it coming! 
I thought the storyline was well thought out and written with incredible characters. Certainly left me wanting more.
Well worth a read.
Was this review helpful?
I didn’t want to put this book down. It’s my first book by this author but won’t be my last. 
Getting inside the mind of a serial killer was interesting. Loved the ending as I didn’t predict it at all
Was this review helpful?
Wow! A well written thriller which you will not put down, a scary thrill ride of a book!  I was hooked trying to work out who had 'done it'
Was this review helpful?
Tom Fabian receives a request from convicted serial killer, Christopher Wisher., to visit him in jail....reluctantly he visits and Wisher gives him a diary. It doesn’t seem to make much sense....but then a body is found with a dead songbird left next to the this a copy cat ? 

Wisher is then found dead in his cell and Fabian feels Wisher is still playing mind games, and the diary is more than the ramblings of a damaged mind. More bodies are found and Fabian is left a dead songbird at his home....who is playing games?

This is so cleverly written, with unbelievable tension and the glimpses into the mind of a serial killer are just unnerving. I was turning the pages as fast as my heart was beating, a credit to Robert Parker’s excellent writing. I can’t say much more as I wouldn’t want to spoil any moment......The final chapters were just so fraught with tension and fear and I loved every minute. 

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. (I also have a paperback copy purchased by me
Was this review helpful?
This was one of the few books that gave me the shivers. And rightly so, given that it is a psychological thriller. And the ending! Without giving away too much, absolutely worth the read, if you like this genre.
Was this review helpful?
Although this is book two in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.

Tom Fabian finds himself in a strange situation. The main suspect in a recent killing could not possibly have committed it due to being in prison at the time. Everything points to it being similar to murders this man, Wisher, carried out. Tom is summoned to meet Wisher in prison and there he receives a diary which very quickly becomes far more to him than simply words on a page.

During the course of his investigations, the case becomes extremely personal to Tom as someone very close to him becomes involved. He has quite a fight on his hands to get everything resolved satisfactorily.

The ending suggests that things aren’t going to get any easier for Tom and his colleagues, and I look forward to seeing what they come up against next.

Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing a copy.
Was this review helpful?
Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for allowing me to read this arc. 
As always Richard Parker keeps us on the edge of our seats. Once I started I couldn't put it down. Full if twists and turns throughout. A real cutting edge read. I would highly recommend it.
Was this review helpful?
This is the second book in the Tom Fabian series, but can easily be read as a standalone. However, if you are going to read the first one, Never Say Goodbye too, and you should because it's great, I suggest you read the two in order. 

Fabian is called to a murder scene, and a dead bird has been left next to the body. It is reminiscent of the crimes of Christopher Wisher, who Tom helped put in jail several years earlier, but not before he has murdered nine people. But the songbird detail of his crimes was never released to the public, so how can the new perpetrator know about the birds?

Wisher calls Fabian to the prison and passes him a cryptic diary, with entries for future dates. Can Tom make sense of it? A few days later, Wisher takes his own life. And whilst all this is going on, Tom's daughter Tilly has a new boyfriend she really likes...

Phew! There is lots going on in this story! It's one of those where I can't say too much without giving spoilers. As Tom and his team investigate the murders and Wisher's death, they come across a big cast of characters, many of whom have secrets of their own to hide, and are led up one or two blind alleys.

Tom Fabian is beautifully written. He's an ordinary man, doing an extraordinary job. He's principled, loyal and determined to find the truth. But he's not without his flaws, which just make him easier to identify with. Wisher, although not featured much himself, is a huge part of the story, and I found him fascinating and intriguing, in a creepy way.

The pace is fabulous, the suspense ramps up to a great finale and maybe a wee hint of more to come? I sure hope so. I read this almost in one sitting as I was so keen to find out what happened next. It's another winner from Richard Parker.
Was this review helpful?
Three years ago DI Tom Fabian arrested Christoper Wishart for murdering nine women.  Wishart has asked Fabian to visit him in prison and gives him a diary which appears to contain only strange ramblings.  Wishart dies in prison  and Fabian and his tea, are called to a body - a woman killed with the same MO as Wishart.  The hunt is on for the copycat and Tom finds those closest to him are put in harms way.  Great read - had me gripped from the first page and I finished it in a day.  

Thanks to Netgalley, Bookouture and Richard Parker for the ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
Was this review helpful?
The author wrote a thriller that started with a bang and just kept going!  The twists kept coming, so I couldn't put it down.  I cannot wait to read more from this author!
Was this review helpful?
Well after the ending of book one I was itching to get my hands on the next Tom Fabian book. Now I do think this book can be read as a standalone to some degree however there is a big part of book one that continues into this story so it may help to get that all important background. Plus you will be missing out on a great book so if you do get chance it would be great to start with Never Say Goodbye.

In The Songbird Girls the chapters are pretty short and snappy which easily kept my attention along with me saying just one more chapter and then no more. Well when do I ever listen to myself 😉 so of course I ended up reading and reading, you get the idea! It really is the type of book where once you pick it up you will feel the need to finish it in one go. Just not so great if you have work the next day!

I’m trying to be pretty vague in regards to the plot but what I can say is that there is a brilliant building of tension throughout as you realise along with Fabian that there is much more to the Wisher case. I was trying to figure it all out but was kept in the dark as much as Fabian which I loved. However there was another side to the story that the reader is fully aware of and I was completely gripped seeing it all play out.

There are plenty of frustrating issues relating to this case which really helps to create a more intense read. As Tom struggles to figure it all out but will he be too late? Manipulation is a running theme which creates an entertaining and gripping story. 

All I can finish with is that I can’t wait for the next book, eek!
Was this review helpful?
A crime story that just did not connect with me. A serial killer meets one last time with the detective who was responsible for his incarceration. A type of journal is given and then the book goes on to relate the killer’s former crimes and foreshadows new crimes that are replicas . Book is full of characters who are somehow connected to the now dead killer and the recent acts of murder. Events and characters did not resonate with me as I felt detached for some reason.
Was this review helpful?
I love this author’s books so was delighted to see he had a new release out and I devoured it the day it landed on my Kindle!

I really enjoyed the plot, it was well crafted with some brilliantly developed characters and had me completely hooked!

The pace in the story was spot on and I loved the flow the author had. His writing style was addictive and so well suited to the story – he is definitely one of my favourite authors. I really enjoyed the darker nature of his books.

Five stars from me, I really enjoyed it, very highly recommended!!
Was this review helpful?
A really good read with plenty of action. I had not realosed this was book 2 of a series when I read it, but it read well as a standalone.
Was this review helpful?
I have been a fan of Richard’s for a little while now.  I find that his books are simply unputdownable, page turners.  When I finish reading the current book, I immediately look forward to his next.  ‘The Songbird Girls’ is Richard’s latest book and I flipping loved it but more about that in a bit.
I couldn’t help but take to the character of Detective Inspector Tom Fabian from the first moment I met him.  He’s a career policeman with a bit of a complicated personal life.  He tries not to allow his work to take over his personal life but at times he can’t help it.  This book sees him being summoned to the local prison to talk to Christopher Wisher, who is the serial killer Fabian caught three years previously.  Fabian and Wisher seem to be drawn to each other even though they don’t want to be.  Not long after his visit, Fabian discovers a dead bird on his doormat and Fabian knows that there’s a link between what is happening and Wisher but he can’t fathom out the who or why.  Fabian seems to be one of those team managers that you would love to work for.  He is a leader, who will do his fair share of the workload and who also supports those who work for him.  Will Fabian discover who is leaving him littles messages and why?  Well I am not going to tell you so you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out.
Oh my flipping goodness, ‘The Songbird Girls’ is one of those books that does exactly what it says on the tin.  ‘The Songbird Girls’ is being billed as being an absolutely gripping crime thriller and I couldn’t have described it better myself.  From the moment I read the synopsis, I knew that I had to clear the reading decks and put the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door because I wouldn’t be able to tear myself away from the book.  So it proved to be.  As soon as I started reading, I felt as though I had reunited with an old friend in DI Tom Fabian.  The author’s writing style is so realistic and convincing that I really did feel as though I was another member of Fabian’s team.  I became totally caught up in the investigation and I even began to interact with the book.  Yes, yes I know it’s fiction but I find that if I am enjoying reading a book, I tend to ‘live’ the story as it were as if it was real.  I desperately tried to ration how much I read in one sitting because I wanted to prolong the enjoyment of the book if that makes sense?  In other words I didn’t want the book to finish too soon.  Reading this book is much like being on an unpredictable and scary rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns that you would find in a game of Twister.  I thought that I had worked out who was doing what and why but I was completely wrong.
In short I loved, no make that bloody adored reading ‘The Songbird Girls’ and I wholeheartedly recommend this author and his books to other readers.  I thought that the first book in the DI Fabian series was good but ‘The Songbird Girls’ raises the bar and is actually better.  I have high hopes for the next book in the series, which I can’t wait to read.  Here’s hoping we don’t have too long to wait- hint hint.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.
Was this review helpful?
One of the best books I have read in a while.
Richard Parker is a great writer and even though this is number 2 in a series it is easy to read as a standalone..
Tom Fabian is a character who is easy to connect with and the story for me was really strong
I found that once I started reading it was hard to put it down.
The pace kept me reading and I loved the characters.
I loved it
Was this review helpful?
I didn't actually realise this was the 2nd book in a series (but it could be read as a standalone). 

Detective Tom Fabian is summoned by the serial killer he put away. Christopher Wisher asks to see him and Tom goes to the prison. He gifts Tom a diary and the very next day commits suicide. Tom thinks he's now got closure but things are just heating up. Someone out there is working on Wisher's behalf as they are leaving his trademark at each murder site. Tom and the Team look more closely at the diary and kind of wish they hadn't....

Then something happens which is meant to hurt (and infuriate) Tom as well as leave him feeling helpless. It's a fast paced read which I enjoyed and that "twist" at the end. Just WOW.
Was this review helpful?