Chilling psychological suspense about a boy's ever-closer relationship with man who may be a killer.
Roly's Yard is an aviary tacked on to the back of a squat in Central Manchester and Roland Barnes is a killer. Or is he Boy after boy has come to visit the finches he raises in his aviary, and two of them have disappeared. One of them has been found dead.
Detective Superindent Parker and psychological profiler Murray Hanson are closing in on Roly, but will it be in time to save Roly's latest visitor, Brogan Healey
Martin s second novel propels her forward in the ranks of British crime writers... It will definitely rank among the best crime books of the year - Yorkshire Post
A nail-biting thriller that builds tension - Val McDermid
Martin cleverly portrays the innocent obstinacy of vulnerable young boys, propelled towards a fate they can neither imagine nor believe - Sunday Telegraph
The writing has a nice, hairs-rising-on-the-back-of-the-neck tone to it, and I wouldn't recommend staying up into the small hours to finish this one. Better to peruse it in daylight, with a hatchet close to hand - IRISH TIMES
The Bird Yard is extremely well written and grips the reader with a very real fear - STIRLING OBSERVER
A chilling tale of psychological suspense - Metro