The Bones of You by Debbie Howells

Release Date - July 30, 2015

Debbie Howells

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Many years ago, I sat down with a copy of book that was coming out later that summer and I fell completely in love. That book was Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones.  Having a murder mystery told from the deceased victim's POV was a new and refreshing take for me. Enter The Bones of You, a new book by British author Debbie Howells. This had that same poignancy.

The story begins with Rosie Anderson, a teen who vanishes, reflecting on her final moments. It then flips to a family friend, Kate, whose daughter is the same age as Rosie. Kate is shocked and becomes wrapped up in Rosie's disappearance and murder. The more Kate spends time with Rosie's mother, the more she becomes involved in solving this horrific crime.

Along the way, there are other characters and voices. Rosie's younger sister has a few chapters. There are also characters like Rosie's abusive father, the boy she'd fallen in love with, Rosie's mother, Kate's husband and daughter, and then Kate's childhood friend, a journalist who comes back to town to write a story on Rosie.

I hate to say it, but I pegged the killer pretty early on. I had the reasoning as to why she was killed wrong, but I did have the killer figured out. Normally, this becomes kind of a let down, but I was so absorbed in the story that I didn't care.

I won't say The Bones of You grabbed me as intensely as The Lovely Bones, but it was pretty close. I'm pretty sure this book will be getting a lot of buzz in the weeks and months to come.


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