Flight of the Kingfisher

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Alex Kelburn doesn’t just believe in the afterlife, he knows it to be real. A charismatic psychic medium, he bridges the divide between the bereaved and their loved ones on the other side … until his own world is brought crashing down by an unimaginable tragedy. Devastated, he chooses to withdraw and shut down his precious gift in the hope of winning back the woman he loves and finding happiness again. But how can he walk away from what he was born to do?

Hear me read Chapter 1:


  • This story is so believable and beautifully written. The characters are everyday people with all the doubts and insecurities we all have. Alex came across as a compassionate, caring psychic medium, and the author really had me feeling the pain and despair of Lily. If there is an afterlife I hope it is like the one portrayed. A great read and I hope that we can have another story about Alex. Loved it!!
  • I couldn’t put this book down once I’d started to read it. The plot took me on a roller coaster of emotions where I felt the joy, frustrations and pain of each character! There was a good mix of intrigue and suspense, coupled with a sensitive handling and understanding of human emotions by the Author. I really didn’t want the story to end…I hope we hear more of Alex Kelburn!
  • I have just finished this book and absolutely loved it and feel very emotional having lost my dad recently. The story was beautifully and sensitively written and I felt touched by each character’s storyline. I was an utter sceptic regarding the afterlife but having read such an in-depth and obviously well researched book I feel my scepticism has been utterly challenged. This is a book I will think about for a long while – it has truly touched me.
  • From the first few pages of Flight of the Kingfisher, I was hooked. It is skilfully written, real and accessible, giving a credible and much-needed positive view of the world of the medium. If you already believe that those who have passed over can return and contact us, you will love this book. If you are a sceptic – well, be prepared to have all your assumptions well and truly challenged. A great story, superbly told by an author who knows her art and her subject intimately.
  • What a wonderful book. This author writes with such sensitivity to her characters – they come alive and become real people as you read. The central character Alex is one of those you really want to hear more from. The story is a deeply touching and emotional tale that covers loss and grief so intimately – the author clearly knows of what she writes – and yet you come away uplifted at the same time. I look forward to more great story telling from J Merrill Forrest!
  • This is undoubtedly one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Having lost someone very, very important to me in the past year I got great comfort from the book. It even inspired me to consider speaking with a medium, which I did with huge success. The book is not just a really good story, written excellently, but the characters grip you. You can relate to them. For anyone who has lost someone in their lives, this book will be more than just a ‘good read’ it will be a comfort. The ending left me with a tear in my eye and cold and tingly all over. I have already highly recommended this book to all my friends and family.
  • I was gifted this book, so I knew it would have an impact on me – and I was right – it was a ‘read until I finish’ type of book despite a 3000 word assignment due in on the same week! I haven’t reviewed a fictional book on this site as yet, so this is a first but I was compelled to share it, particularly as the topic is one Alex and I have been exploring recently on the site, and we both believe in synchronicity. Flight of the Kingfisher is a fictional book about a psychic medium, Alex. Alex’s story is utterly compelling as the book guides us through his experiences as a psychic medium as various unexpected life events unfold around him. I was drawn in to Alex’s world, and found myself closely empathising with the main characters and their individual responses to loss and the concept of mediumship. J Merrill Forrest writes sensitively and insightfully on the experience of death, dying and bereavement through the various main characters and explores the path of a psychic medium when they too are faced with death and adversity. I was drawn to investigate the author further and noted that there may be a sequel. I imagine this will be welcome news to old and new appreciators of her writing style, I personally will look forward to reading it.

ISBN: 9780956795410

Publication Date: Autumn 2020

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