“Like I’m alone in a birdcage. The tiny little door is open and all I have to do is fly through it to get to freedom. To get to the rest of the world. But I’ve grown so used to living behind those bars…”
Isaac nodded. “The comfort of the birdcage.”
“The solitude of it.”
I don’t give books a full 5 stars very often, it takes something very special for me to be able to. It has to be a book that grips me, that I don’t want to put down. It’s got to have no obvious plot holes, or clichés. Most importantly, it cannot be predictable. There is nothing more disappointing than a book that you can guess the ending or big “plot twist” of. Solitude of a Birdcage did not disappoint.
Maxie and Savannah are best friends, room mates and essentially family. Savannah is the only family Maxie has left. Maxie has been sleeping with Savannah’s boyfriend, and they are going to tell her in the morning, when Isaac becomes hospitalised due to a bullet wound, leaving him with no recollection of the prior eighteen months, or either of the girls. As they both begin to nurse him back to health, Maxie opts to put her loyalty first, and not tell Isaac or Savannah about their relationship. But as cracks begin to appear in Isaac’s memory, secrets begin to reveal themselves. Not just about Isaac and Maxie’s past
The book is mainly from Maxie’s point of view, but also flicks to Isaac’s, combined with a ‘now’ and ‘then’ format between different time periods allowing the reader insight into the character’s thoughts and emotions. Each of the characters are well developed, pulling you into different directions as you feel for all of them, but you don’t know who to fully trust. Best of all, the book wasn’t predictable, certain elements came out of nowhere, and a wonderful cliffhanger ending, that will leave you still intrigued.
Anyone who is into a love story with a twist, will love Solitude of a Birdcage. I would highly recommend!