Book Review: Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

February 7, 2020

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Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

When a novel hits close to home, you know it’s a good one.

That’s what Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is to me, I’m not saying it’s my novel of the year but it’s certainly a strong candidate already for 2020!

Starling Days is about a couple called Mina and Oscar Umeda.

Mina tries to kill herself at the start of the novel and Oscar has to come to rescue his wife from the police and social services.

But this isn’t the first time Mina tried to commit suicide, the first time was on their wedding night.

Starling Days - Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

So Oscar takes Mina to London where his father has some flats so that she can have a change of scenery and also recuperate whilst they renovate the flats.

While catching up with an old friend of Oscar’s, Theo, we meet Phoebe who is Theo’s sister and a Blogger recovering from a messy divorce, who’s going to turn their lives upside down.


This book really struck a nerve with me as I was going through some challenging Mental Health episodes and I only finished it because the library wanted their book back!

I stayed up all night to finish it and my DH actually told me to stop reading books that cause me to stay up as the last one I read was Confessions of a Sociopath which I reviewed on Instagram.

I’d say it starts pretty interesting and then the layers upon layers of storytelling are unpeeled as you understand Oscar’s dynamic with his parents, with Mia and his identity based on the events of the book.

The ending was perfect as it left you with an ending but you’re unsure if history will repeat itself.

A lot of what Mina was going through, I was also going through so every time I read from her perspective it was really hard.

But I also think if you’re in a relationship with or support someone with Mental Health challenges this is a good book to help you get into their head.

I’d highly recommend Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan.


Mina and Oscar are a happily married young couple. But when Mina decides to take her own life, Oscar takes her to England to transform a block of flats his father owns, to try and help Mina recover but what happens next changes their relationship forever.


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