Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the opportunity to review A Song For Bill Robinson by C. E, Atkins
Tensions are building on the notorious Holds End estate.The local community centre is fighting for survival and the murder of 15-year-old Lewis Matthews remains unsolved…Wannabe teenage singer, Bill Robinson, just got out of hospital after surviving a vicious attack. He thinks he knows who attacked him…and why. When a violent feud escalates between him and local thug Charlie McDonnal, Bill vows to find the killer and help save the community centre by taking part in the local singing contest.Can music bring a shattered community together? And can Bill keep his own demons at bay long enough to win the singing contest and find out who killed Lewis Matthews?
This is the first time I have read anything by C.E. Atkins so I wasn’t sure what to expect, this is also the first book in the Holds End series and what an opener it is. The blurb drew me in and while it did take me a while to get into it, I thoroughly enjoyed A Song for Bill Robinson. I really felt for the character, Bill, he had been through so much but had somehow managed to stay on the straight and narrow. He is an absolutely fantastic character. It’s true what they say, never judge a book by its cover. I look forward to reading book two.
C.E. Atkins was born and raised in Dorset, England and still resides there now with her husband, four children, and multiple pets. She is addicted to reading, writing, and music and writes for both the young adult and adult genres. Her fiction is described as gritty, edgy and compelling. Her debut Young Adult novel The Mess Of Me deals with eating disorders, self-harm, fractured families and first love. Her second novel, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side follows the musical journey of a young boy attempting to escape his brutal home life and has now been developed into a 6 book series. She is also the author of This Is Nowhere and award-winning dystopian, The Tree Of Rebels, plus a collection of short stories related to her novels called Bird People and Other Stories. The award-winning Elliot Pie’s Guide To Human Nature was released through Pict Publishing in October 2018. A Song For Bill Robinson is her latest release and is the first in YA trilogy.