Monday, 12 February 2018

Pigeon Street by Mark Fieldsend


Pigeon Street by Mark Fieldsend
Published in the UK by FeedaReed.com in November 2017.

P for my 2018 Alphabet Soup Challenge

Mark is donating 50% of the Pigeon Street author royalties to SharingLife Trust, a charity which provides support networks, including a food bank, for people in need in the area around Thame, Oxfordshire, which is where he grew up and now lives with his young family.

Where to buy this book:


The Book Depository : from £7.99 (PB)
Wordery : from £7.99 (PB)
Waterstones : from £7.99 (PB)
Amazon : from $3.25 / £0.01 (used PB)
Prices and availability may have changed since this post was written

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the author

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Suffering at the hands of a violent intruder, Joseph is forced to confront the unimaginable. His will to survive is tested in the starkest of circumstances, and he learns that every action has consequences, some of which he may not be able to stomach.

Waking up fully clothed is an unnerving recent addition to Allan's regimented daily routine. Further derailed by his desperate search for female companionship, the boundary between habit and derangement becomes increasingly blurred. 

Struggling estate agent Francis has his own share of problems. Dependent on letting out one particular property, his job isn't made any easier by the unsettling behaviour of the occupants in the neighbouring house.

Trying to make sense of post-university life is Leila. As she struggles to maintain her ambition, while trying to find the one thing that will make her happy, events from the past are destined to have their say.

Beginning with an unseen, panic-inducing discovery at a London restaurant, Pigeon Street disturbingly interweaves the stories of its contributors as their lives touch each other in ways that will change everything.

Pigeon Street is unusual for a novel in the way it presents its narrative from four different points of view. The book felt like linked short stories and I thought this helped to increase the suspense because, as well as trying to work out what was happening in the main storyline, I also had to consider how the current character would connect. Fieldsend's evocation of London is great, especially scenes that illustrate Londoners famous aloofness and self-imposed isolation. Moments of humour contrast well with the very dark themes and I appreciated this lightening which prevents Pigeon Street from being a depressing read.

Some characters worked better than others for me. I felt very sorry for Joseph and I liked Leila's self-depreciating honesty. Francis wasn't someone I could strongly empathise with, although I did recognise elements of people I have known in this character. For me, Allan was the most difficult to understand because I felt I needed to know more about his motivation. I didn't know why he made certain choices and this meant I couldn't have a similar degree of emotional investment in his character.

Pigeon Street is a psychological thriller that is almost horror at times. I wouldn't recommend it to overly sensitive readers, but if you like your books to veer towards the darker side of life, you will probably enjoy this.


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