The Bones of You

The Bones of You

eBook - 2015
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"An intriguing dark psychological thriller--truly brilliant!" --Lisa Jackson

A stunning, wonderfully assured psychological thriller that evokes Gillian Flynn and Alice Sebold, 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.

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.

"In British author Howells's suspenseful and poignant debut...the increasingly tense storytelling and astute observations on mother-daughter relationships will keep readers turning the pages." -Publishers Weekly

Publisher: New York : Kensington, 2015.
ISBN: 9781617737671
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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wyenotgo
Dec 05, 2016

Not really my cup of tea. The most notable theme that lingers is the fact that there's little to prevent parents from doing the most hideous things to their children, whether physically or psychologically.
I usually have little patience for "poor me" victim accounts but I immediately felt resentful at the treatment to which Rosie's image-conscious self-centered parents subject her. Apart from that, I found it difficult to relate to any of the characters.

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trincm
Nov 17, 2015

A different kind of book, captures you for the scary ride. Storyline is dark but believable. Kept you interested and engaged right till the end.

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athena14
Nov 04, 2015

I found the italicized sections of the book very tiring to read.

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epelto12
Oct 30, 2015

"The Bones of You" is a slow-burn thriller that takes place in a quiet, seemingly peaceful suburb. When the eldest daughter of a famous reporter goes missing, the whole neighborhood is caught off-guard. Kate used to let Rosie help her with the horses, but there was always something off about the girl. Nightmares come to life when Rosie is found brutally murdered in the woods nearby.

Jo, Rosie's mother, is utterly lost and devastated. Luckily, she has found a friend in Kate, who drops by to check on her every few days. As the family's secrets slowly unfold, Kate begins to see that even the most pristine-seeming lives have their problems. Months after the murder, Kate begins to receive mysterious and frightening riddles shoved through her mail slot. "The Bones of You" is a story filled with lies, abuse, murder, and seduction, all set in a quaint neighborhood that just might house a murderer.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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winykittygirl
Sep 13, 2015

I also read it in one day...excellent book!! Hope the author writes more

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seaworld
Jul 12, 2015

well worth the wait, read it in one day.

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