The Bones of You – A Suspenseful Psychological Thriller
Review, Giveaway, and Author Q&A
“The Bones of You revolves around a young girl’s murder and one woman’s obsession with uncovering the secrets in an idyllic English village.”
About the Book
by Debbie Howells
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: June 30, 2015
Format: Hardcover | 320 pages
When Kate receives a phone call with news that Rosie Anderson is missing, she’s stunned and disturbed. Rosie is eighteen, the same age as Kate’s daughter, and a beautiful, quiet, and kind young woman. Though the locals are optimistic—girls like Rosie don’t get into real trouble—Kate’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when Rosie is found fatally beaten and stabbed.
Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwines herself with the Andersons—graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine—the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems.
The Bones of You is a suspenseful mystery told from alternating perspectives: Kate, who has a daughter the same age as Rosie and feels compelled to find out what happened, and Rosie, who tells her story from beyond the grave.
As Kate spends more time with Rosie’s family, she realizes that things aren’t as they seem on the surface. Why is Kate so interested in solving this mystery? She is only casual friends with Rosie’s mom, and while Rosie would stop by the stables to visit Kate’s horses, she was not good friends with Kate’s daughter, Grace.
Perhaps this quote from Kate gives us a clue…
I have a gardener’s inherent belief in the natural order of things. Soft‑petalled flowers that go to seed. The resolute passage of the seasons. Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer. Children who don’t die before their parents.
Rosie’s point of view is in contrast to Kate’s. She is, in a way, a ghost and sees what other characters cannot. In flashbacks she reveals bits and pieces of her life and secrets about her family. While they appear to be happy to the outside world, theirs is a dysfunctional home that goes back several generations.
Answers are revealed slowly and as secrets are brought to light, the pieces fall into place. This is not a fast-paced thriller; the story has a slow, subtle, suspenseful build, but once I became engaged in the story, it was difficult to put this book down.
While some seasoned mystery readers will have the murderer figured out before the reveal, there are enough angles in the story to keep most of us guessing. And while I was pretty sure I knew who did it, I didn’t figure out ‘why’ until the end.
Author Q&A- Debbie Howells
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