The Birdcage Library

The Birdcage Library

Hardback Published on: 22/06/2023
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The Birdcage Library
Addictive, gothic, beguiling.
To the reader with a most inquisitive mind and a fearless disposition, you are invited to embark on a quest, a treasure hunt, if you will, down a path only... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
The Birdcage Library
A rich and darkly atmospheric
A brilliant literary thriller from beginning to end. Rich in detail and darkly atmospheric. This book has gothic undertones and haunting characters. It... READ MORE
The Birdcage Library
A great gothic read.
Botanist and well travelled plant hunter Emily Blackwood is employed to hunt for treasure in a Scottish castle, however her hunt reveals a hidden story fro... READ MORE
Jo Morpeth


'Dear Reader, the man I love is trying to kill me...' 1932. Emily Blackwood, adventuress and plant hunter, travels north for a curious new commission. A gentleman has written to request she catalogue his vast collection of taxidermied creatures before sale. On arrival, Emily finds a ruined castle, its owner haunted by a woman who vanished five decades before. And when she discovers the ripped pages of a diary, crammed into the walls, she realises dark secrets lie here, waiting to entrap her too... The Birdcage Library will hold you in its spell until the final page.

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781472276353
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 620g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 40 mm

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The Birdcage Library
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy. Having loved Freya's first book The Dictator's Wife which was featured on Between The Covers there ... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Birdcage Library
Wonderful atmospheric read
This is a fairly dark historical gothic style read set largely in a remote Scottish castle in 1932 and 50 years earlier in Manhattan. Told from two POV’s;... READ MORE
Lynda Checkley
The Birdcage Library
A great mystery
This is a great mystery read. Emily has been requested to work at an old castle, documenting a collection of stuffed creatures. All sounds okay, but she s... READ MORE
Lucy Williams
The Birdcage Library
f you are into the mysteries, of the Scottish landscape, and wish to have a glimpse into adventurers’ lives – this book is for you
The Birdcage Library tells a story about people who lost themselves in one way or another, for different reasons. Told through two timelines, the mystery r... READ MORE
The Birdcage Library
Dear birdcage library…
…I have to apologise. I’ve been a rotten reader. Putting you down and picking you up so many times - you deserved better. The fault is entirely mine. This ... READ MORE
A McCormick
The Birdcage Library
did not finish
I DNF this one, unfortunately., which saddens me since I love historical fiction. There is nothing wrong with the writing style, is actually really good an... READ MORE
The Birdcage Library
Lovely Book
Emily Blackwood is intrepid, she travels to the remotest corners of the world to find the plants unique to their previously undiscovered locations. Her adv... READ MORE
The Birdcage Library
Gripping and Atmospheric - A Must read!
The Birdcage Library by Freya Berry This is a historical novel that takes place in Scotland and tells the story of Emily Blackwood, an adventuress and pla... READ MORE
Keely Robertson
The Birdcage Library
Good old-fashioned treasure hunt
"The Birdcage Library" by Freya Berry is an unashamedly good old-fashioned treasure hunt. What's not to like? Hidden diaries with clues to the whereabouts... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius
The Birdcage Library
The birdcage library
The Birdcage Library is a historical novel with two separate perspectives told about fifty years apart. We meet Emmy, our protagonist as she is given a com... READ MORE
Jennifer Charlton
The Birdcage Library
It's about friendships and family, truths and lies, passions and obsessions, love, lust and hatred.
I was worried I would dislike this. Whenever a book is raved about and impossible to ignore, I normally find myself underwhelmed and disappointed. But I ne... READ MORE
Victoria Bucknell
The Birdcage Library
an enjoyable read
I thoroughly enjoyed this and could not put it down. Complex plot lines, a number of mysteries to solve with some unexpected plot twists thrown in what mor... READ MORE
Beverley Cole
The Birdcage Library
I tried to pace myself reading this, determined to savour it, but it didn't take long before I was racing through it, devouring it.
I was worried I would dislike this. Whenever a book is raved about and impossible to ignore, I normally find myself underwhelmed and disappointed. But I ne... READ MORE
Victoria Bucknell
The Birdcage Library
A gorgeous gothic mystery
“Welcome, dear reader. You have found me, and I you. The diary you hold in your hands is a treasure map. It will lead you to what you ought to seek. Like a... READ MORE
Emma Alvey