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Kinnara By Kevin Ansbro

Updated: Feb 6, 2022

I was gifted the paperback version by Kevin for an honest review.

After a few horror/suspense novels I’ve read recently, was looking forward to this light-hearted/funny/romantic and magical read. After reading “In the Shadow of Time” by the same author (which I truly love) I had high expectations about this one, and I wasn’t disappointed!

There are two stories, each couldn’t be more different, we start in Kaiserslautern, Germany, 2011 there is a killer loose, he has killed four women, but what’s strange about these murders is that they were pregnant. The newspapers called it “Der Mutter Mörder” The Mother Killer.

We travel back to Norwich, England 2005, we meet the gorgeous 15-year-old Hannah Cunningham, she’s a popular girl with innumerable friends at school, she’s eyeing Calum Armstrong an athletic good-looking boy playing football for their school, St John’s.

We also meet Sawat Leelapun from Thailand, he is a skinny boy with a kick-boxer’s physique. Four years ago, his father drowned during a violent storm whilst out at sea, and Sawat became the only breadwinner in the Leelapun household.

All these characters plus a celestial being called Kinnara, a part human part bird, who are musically paradigmatic lovers, in Hinduism and Buddhism religion all come entwined into one magical enchanting story. I was flabbergasted by the way Kevin combines the different stories together, truly amazing. At one point nearly the end I had to stop and actually smile and reflect on what I’d just read, it all comes together. From the start I knew I would truly love this book, and I was right, it’s just remarkable and truly an experience.

Highly recommended 5*

Kevin Ansbro was born of Irish parents, and has lived in Malaysia and Germany:

He was educated at Hamond's Grammar School in Swaffham, and at the Norfolk College of Arts and Technology, King's Lynn.

Kevin also has a background in karate and kickboxing and has travelled extensively - particularly in the Far East.

He is married to Julie, and currently lives in Norwich, England.

More stuff about me (as if anyone cares):

Likes: Art, travel, good manners, independent women, Sunday newspapers and dirty laughs; funk, punk, Bob Marley, Pulp, Foo Fighters, Marmite, winks, pouts, Masterchef Australia and Earl Grey tea.

Dislikes: Strawberries (I'm not alone with this one), drivers who don't indicate, men who devote their weekends to cleaning the family car (what's that all about?) English winters, 1970s-style armpit hair on women, skinflints, insufficiently-chilled white wine, homophobes, misogynists, xenophobes and ignorant jerks in general.

Right, enough about me: my books are way more interesting.

If you would like to buy it, go to the link on your left at no additional cost to you & I receive a percentage.

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