Of Magpies and Men by Ode Ray | Book Review
Updated: Mar 20
Thank you to Ode Ray for providing me with a copy for an honest review.
Benedict struggles to come to terms with his homosexuality. Despite his mother’s approval of love in all forms, and the continued reassurance from those around him. He wants to have children and is conflicted by his attraction to men.
Marie is a single mother who struggles to make ends meet. Having come from a dysfunctional family, she’s done the best she can to provide for her son. She never seems to find the right man, and wants nothing more than a better home for her son.
Of Magpies and Men weaves together an intricate story of seemingly unrelatable plots. Ode Ray pulls together a combination of struggling characters and spins a tale of sophisticated mystery. The plot is nonlinear, flashing between present day and the past to slowly piece together the full picture. What readers first suspect is a murder mystery, becomes so much more.
I will admit that Marie and Benedict had a habit of over explaining jokes. But aside from some of the misplaced humor, Marie and Benedict shared compelling storylines. They both lead vastly different lives that gradually gravitated towards one another. And the journey to reach their joint story is filled with tension and anticipation. I couldn't wait to find out all the finer details that made these two characters somehow connect.
Readers who enjoy novels that take place internationally and family fiction will want to pick up Of Magpies and Men. The characters will win you over and take you on a journey throughout London, UK and Marseille, France. All the while keeping you guessing as to what will happen next.
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About the Author
After spending most of her working life as a Marketer, educating consumers about the wonders of anything from laundry detergents to honey, Ode finally decided to put pen to paper to write “stories” of a different kind. Between school pick-ups and whilst also looking after her adorable toddler (who has yet to find a bookshelf he wouldn’t climb), she eventually finished her first book, Of Magpies and Men.
Ode was born just outside of Marseille, France. She also lived in Paris, New-York and Brussels before basing herself with her family in leafy Oxfordshire, UK.