Book Review: Grave of Hummingbirds

Just finished Jennifer Skutelsky’s latest novel, Grave of Hummingbirds. This novel was initially selected by Kindle Press through their Kindle Scout program, then brought to the attention of Little A, Amazon’s literary fiction imprint, which ultimatley acquired the title. The novel was then released as part of Amazon’s Kindle First program, where Prime members can receive a book for free a month prior to its release.

It’s been exciting following Jennifer’s journey and seeing her much deserved success. Just as exciting to finally finish her book, as it’s a novel unlike I’ve read before.

GraveGrave of Hummingbirds is like entering a fever dream where you’re never sure if you’re fully awake or asleep, where one moment moves with fluidity to the next, where dreams and reality collide. Add to it Skutelsky’s haunting prose set amidst a small village in the Andes, with its unfamiliar settings, landscape, and heritage, and you have one immensely satisfying journey.

Exploring an ancient tradition that only takes place in the small mountain village of Colibri, a vacationing Sophie and her son Finn become caught up in much more than folklore and village rituals. Murder, mysteries, kidnappings and more set these two on a path that collides with the past and present.

What I enjoyed most about this novel was the way it was told. This could have been a very standard thriller, its twists and turns brought under the construct of a regimented blueprint we’ve all seen before. Instead, Skutelsky weaves a complex puzzle, ignoring genres and instead allowing the story to unfold with an ethereal poignancy. It’s an amazing accomplishment and I’m excited to see where the author takes her writing next.

Highly recommended for something that’s a far cry from your typical novel.

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