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H.M Roberts
H.M Roberts Author Interview

Breaking Birds is a riveting crime thriller told completely in poetic verse. What inspired you to write a story in this style?

As a mum of three I sometimes find it hard to find the time to sit down and lose myself in a good book. I’ve read a few different ‘novels in verse’ and found them really easy to read as you can dip in and read a poem in a few minutes whenever you get chance. I’ve been wanting to write my own poetic novel for a while, I just didn’t know which genre until I started to write! I loved the idea of the juxtaposition between beautiful poetry and evil intent.

What were some sources that informed this stories development?

The whole process was completely organic. I had the idea to write the book from the viewpoint of a killer. The gender in my mind was originally a male lead but I realised about a third of the way through that it didn’t need to be. I then rewrite parts so that the character was deliberately ambiguous-I’ll let the reader make their own decision.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I wanted to explore the contradictions between having this poetic soul and yet the overriding madness that leads to murder. To look at how what could start as well intended affection could lead to obsession and cruelty.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I will be writing a prequel to Breaking Birds although there is no release date yet. At the moment I’m working on a historic retelling of Greek mythology, something in a much more comical style and a light relief from Breaking Birds.

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A chilling psychological thriller written entirely in poetic verse.
Just because you have the soul of a poet, doesn’t mean you can’t have the heart of a killer.

Breaking Birds

Breaking Birds: A psychological thriller written in poetic verse by [H.M Roberts]

Breaking Birds: A Psychological Thriller in Verse, by H.M. Roberts is a story of cruelty, obsession, captivity, and murder. I am finding this a unique book to summarize, as it is certainly unlike any thriller I have ever read before. It is not a whodunnit, so there are no clues to follow. There is no traditional setting. A funeral is mentioned, a park, and a house. There is no dialogue between characters. Each page is a poem, as if a chapter in a novel. Each poem belongs to one of four perspectives. This intriguing story brings readers directly into the mind of the killer. We watch the object of their obsession through the monster’s own eyes. The fascinating imagery will keep readers turning pages.

I was enthralled with the unique storytelling in this story. There are no character names. The only hints to different characters are the words “me,” “about her”,” the girl,” and “a child,” which are set on each page like watermarks. Author Roberts uses different fonts to help differentiate voices which I found to be helpful. I would not consider it is a spoiler to say that I think the voices behind “me” and “about her” are the same person. I could not find enough text evidence to determine if the character of “me” was male or female. I was convinced “me” was male and then the character of “a child” who seems female, also seemed to be a younger version of “me.” Although different fonts were used for “about her” and “the girl” they both seem to be referencing the same female. At the same time those passages marked “about her” and “the girl” seem to be the thoughts of the “me” character. All of this dragged me deep into the contemplative depths of this cerebral story.

Even though I was a little confused at times I liked this book and found the concept to be very interesting. Breaking Birds is a riveting psychological thriller that tells a gripping story in verse.

Pages: 173 | ASIN: B09C47RZPC

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