Review: A Funeral for an Owl by Jane Davis

Posted: February 6, 2014 in New Adult, Reviews
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Author:  Jane Davis

Paperback, 402 pages

Published in 2012 by CreateSpace

Genres:  New Adult, Fictional Literature

Synopsis:  A rule-keeper, Ayisha Emmanuelle believes the best way to avoid trouble is by walking away. But, arriving on the scene of what appears to be a playground fight, that isn’t an option. To her horror she finds her colleague Jim Stevens has been stabbed. In the messy aftermath, when Shamayal discloses that he and Jim are friends, Ayisha’s first duty is to report her colleague. But, not knowing if he will pull through, something makes her hesitate. Now, all she can do is wait to see if her instinct was justified.

My Review:  Jane Davis develops well rounded characters along with an intricately woven tale of loss in A Funeral for an Owl. The story flows smoothly while flashing back and forth between the present and the past.  The British slang took some getting used to, but was fairly easy to figure out.

I especially liked the relationship between Jim and Shamayal.  Jim is risking his job to befriend a student in need.  Throughout the book we learn his motivation for doing so and are lead to feel very deeply for both characters and what they have been through.

On the flip side, I really didn’t care for Ayisha.  She is rigid and unfeeling at first.  Although she lightens up a bit I couldn’t bring myself to like her.  It may or may not have been the author’s intent, but either way I wasn’t able to cozy up to her.

My only difficulty (if you can call it that) is that there is nothing happy in this book.  It is a tragic story from beginning to end.  The saving grace comes in the form of a new life for Shamayal (who desperately needs it).  Other than that, this is a great read.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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Comments
  1. Great review Deanna, I had a bit of a problem with Ayisha too…. 🙂

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