You could be forgiven for mistaking the narrator of this enjoyable page-turner for a terse gumshoe from a classic Chicago noir. Rainbirds even has a jazz soundtrack, not to mention a backdrop of rainy skies and night-time streets... This is a book in which the darkest depths — not least young Ren’s — are mostly skirted, rather than plumbed, and the quiet resolution will be too neat for some tastes. But the dialogue snaps, and I found the subtle creepiness very moreish.
The Book of Science and Antiquities
"It would be a crime to give away anything more, but the end of this beautiful novel made me cry. Jones writes with intelligence and a lively wit, but there’s more — a warmth that forces you to care about these people as if you had met them...."
— The Times
3 out of 5