Monday, July 6, 2015

Book Review: The Bones of You by Debbie Howells

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Kensington Books via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

THE LOVELY BONES meets BROADCHURCH in this stunning, wonderfully assured psychological thriller that revolves around a young girl's murder and one woman's obsession with uncovering the secrets in an idyllic English village.

The Bones of You  cover


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.

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. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie's life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.
Weaving flashbacks from Rosie's perspective into a tautly plotted narrative, The Bones of You is a gripping, haunting novel of sacrifices and lies, desperation and love.

Read the First Chapter:

Just head on over to Howell's website


This is NOT  a book to read quickly! It is full of little nuances of family life, interpersonal communication between characters, and even the setting is not as it seems. It is a book to be read slowly and relished, to be thought about as it is being read. You will change your mind many times as to who Rosie's killer is, and then after learning the truth, you may want to go back and read chapters for those nuances you may have missed, or that led your thinking a different direction. In the end human behavior is never an easy thing to understand, and this book shows how we never know the truth behind the facade that people present to us, and the rest of the world. What is the truth and what is the facade? Sometimes even they don't know. Howells takes on the thriller genre with a vengeance! If you want to read one of  THE books of the Summer, be sure to pick this one up!

About the Author:

Debbie self-published three commercial women's fiction novels before writing this book, her first psychological thriller. She now writes full time from her home, in a small West Sussex village where she lives with her family. Check out her website for more info!

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