Book of the Month: Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

With only 31 days in May we've really got our work cut out to fit in enough time to shout about just how wonderful Frances Hardinge's latest novel, Cuckoo Song, is. 

With themes covering the between-the-wars period of the 1920s as they begin to roar, The Great War and its aftermath, Freud and the uncanny, early cinema, industrialisation, feminism, flappers and jazz (phew!) to name but a few, MKB is delighted that Cuckoo Song is our Book of the Month for May.

In Cuckoo Song, Frances introduces us to Triss. Now Triss isn't having too great a time. When she wakes up after an accident, she knows that something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry; her sister seems scared of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. Soon Triss discovers that what has happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest find the truth she must travel into the terrifying Underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family - before it's too late . . .

Throughout May we'll be talking about all things Cuckoo Song, from Frances' writing tips to pictures of seriously creepy dolls. This is one Book of the Month that you'll want to completely devour (pun intended, but you'll have to read the book to find out what we mean!)