Book Review | Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

*I was given a free ARC by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Summary: Down a narrow alley in the small coastal town of Mallow Island, South Carolina, lies a stunning cobblestone building comprised of five apartments. It’s called The Dellawisp and it’s named after the tiny turquoise birds who, alongside its human tenants, inhabit an air of magical secrecy. When Zoey Hennessey comes to claim her deceased mother’s apartment at The Dellawisp, she meets her quirky, enigmatic neighbors including a girl on the run, a grieving chef whose comfort food does not comfort him, two estranged middle-aged sisters, and three ghosts. Each with their own story. Each with their own longings. Each whose ending isn’t yet written. When one of her new neighbors dies under odd circumstances the night Zoey arrives, she’s thrust into the mystery of The Dellawisp, which involves missing pages from a legendary writer whose work might be hidden there. She soon discovers that many unfinished stories permeate the place, and the people around her are in as much need of healing from wrongs of the past as she is. To find their way they have to learn how to trust each other, confront their deepest fears, and let go of what haunts them.


My Thoughts: I really liked all of the characters in this book. Especially Zoey. Her personality is something I strive for. So giving and selfless. Her journey was incredible to read.

I enjoy the aspect of the neighbors all becoming friends. I kept imagining what it would be like to hang out with them in their courtyard with all the birds.

While this was a really good book, it felt unfinished to me. We never found out why certain people can see/hear/feel ghosts, but others can’t. Why wasn’t Lucy’s secret revealed to everyone? It seemed to be such an important part of the story, but it just kind of went away.

Overall, a decent read.

Release date: 8/30/2022

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