Review: The Bones of You by Debbie Howells (Spoiler Free)

the bones of you

Title: The Bones of You

Author: Debbi Howells

Genre: Adult Thriller/Mystery

Number of Pages: 320

Publication Date: June 30, 2015

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review.

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.

I’ll be honest. I was really nervous going into this book. As most of you know, this book is WAAAAYYYY out of my genre comfort zone. I have a hard time getting as engrossed in adult fiction as I do Young Adult. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with this book!

This book is not fast paced by any means. In fact, the beginning is quite slow. That’s the main reason that I gave this title four stars instead of five. It seemed like nothing was happening at all, and it almost turned me off from the book itself. Don’t expect a high speed crime drama in this book, because that’s definitely not what you’ll get. There’s no crazy action sequences, nothing like that. The mystery in this book is subtle at first. It carefully weaves itself in to the every day lives of the people in the village, and you don’t even really know who to suspect until towards the end when everything falls into place. I will admit that I had the murderer figured out a little while before the reveal, but I certainly didn’t have the motive figured out. When things start falling into place, you’re able to look back in the story and see the subtle hints and go “OHHHHHHH, so THAT’S what was going on”.

Overall, I thought that, after you get past the very beginning, this title was very easy to read, even for someone who doesn’t read very much adult fiction. It was subtly suspenseful, and had me constantly suspecting different characters of all kinds of horrendous things. I give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars.



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