THE BONES OF YOU | Debbie Howells

The Bones of You


Publication Date: July 30, 2015

Published By: Kensington Books

Genre: Mystery/Thrillers

My Rating: 3.5 rounded to 4/5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

I can’t remember what really caught my attention about this book on NetGalley but I have a vague recollection of it being compared to the works of Gillian Flynn. I really loved Gone Girl and the rest of Flynn’s books so I had to give this book a try. And I’m glad I did. The Bones of You is a wonderful read by itself, with or without the Gillian Flynn references.

For someone like me who loves psychological thrillers, The Bones of You did not disappoint. It is crime fiction tinged with something gothic reminiscent of Alice Sebold’s Lovely Bones.  The story is told in the alternating POVs of Rosie, whose narrative consists mainly of flashbacks, and of Kate, a neighbor of Rosie’s. It is not always that I get to read a crime story told through the POV of someone other than the investigator, the suspect, or the victim. The investigative/police aspects of crime detecting is very minimal and although crime investigation is one aspect of crime fiction that interest me, I give credit to this book for going the unpopular route. Instead, the story dwells more on the emotional side of a disturbing crime and of how a tragic death reveals the truth about appearances and how people aren’t exactly who and what we think them to be.

I wasn’t really invested too much on the characters, especially Kate, even though the story is supposed to have been told through her eyes. She comes across as a nosy, paranoid neighbor such that it’s not difficult to consider her as one of my “suspects” for the killer’s identity. There were a lot of red herrings along the way, which is always the case with stories like this, and the revelation at the end did not really stump me. Nevertheless, I had a good time piecing together the puzzle pieces, as I always do with stories like this.

The Bones of You is not a totally exceptional book, I would say, but I would still recommend this to those who love a good mystery minus the police jargon.

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