I Am Lucky Bird
by Fleur Phillips
Pub Date 01 Oct 2011
When her mother mysteriously vanishes from the small town of Plains, Montana, 12-year-old Lucky Bird’s childhood comes to an abrupt end. Left to defend herself against her suddenly abusive grandmother, Marian, and forced to endure the twisted predatory games played out by Marian’s lover, Lucky soon finds herself trapped in a nightmare.
Even when she manages to escape, the outside world can’t take away the brutal images of her past. Still haunted by her mother’s disappearance and the trauma that followed, Lucky is easily led down a path of self-destruction—a path that only the intervention of a young stranger and his family can guide her away from. But first, Lucky will have to confront her demons, and the dark truths kept hidden.
Transport yourself to rural Montana…The story of Lucky Bird is highly suspenseful. It will keep you hooked until the last page. The descriptive and concise words will give you a vision of each scene. I could hear the wind in the trees and hear the crunch of gravel on the country roads. Faced with a legacy of dysfunction, Lucky has to find her own way in life. I found myself pulling for her to make it out of her nightmare into a happier place. Her fate is placed in the hands of strangers and only time will tell how her story will end.
Penniegram, April 2012
“I Am Lucky Bird" is one of the most stunning and visceral books I've read on child abuse this last decade. It is so brilliantly and beautifully written I found myself holding my breath through many of the passages. While the author takes on a difficult topic, the writing is so compelling the pages just slipped past me. I found myself caring for Lucky Bird and being reluctant to leave her. We may not have heard of Fleur Philips on a wide scale at the moment, but look out world! She is a force to be reckoned with in the writing fringes as she obviously is continuing to build her arsenal. This author will be one of the players on the big stage at some point, I have no doubt. Her grasp of plot, characterization, mood and storytelling are strong. She is an excellent writer. I can't wait to read her next book.
- The Bookish Dame, September 2012
Edge of your seat the whole time!! I bought this book because it was referred to me by a friend. Once I cracked open the first page I couldn't put it down! I read it while on vacation and found myself waking up in the middle of the night wanting to read more!! Ms Philips kept me on edge the whole time! I highly recommend it for anyone who likes suspense! Your heart will skip a beat or two!
- Kris Kelly, December 2011
A great book full of suspense and emotion. This was a great book with great characters and enough suspense that I couldn't put it down. I read it all in one sitting and enjoyed it immensely. A must read book!
- Shan Salois, December 2011
With 'Lucky', Philips has a heroine that is recognizable and real, and all too human. With deftness and deceptive simplicity, she takes Lucky on an almost unbearable journey, from the ruins of one life to the joyous redemption that love and the kindness of strangers can bring.
- Jennifer Heward, October 2011