Review: The Bones of You by Debbie Howells
Title: The Bones of You
Author: Debbie Howells
Published: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Murder mystery
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
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.
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
This was a very good mystery book. I mean you have this young lady named Rosie who has been murdered, no one knows who has done it but we start getting a glimpse into how her life was and it wasn't pretty. Towards the end when we were getting information on the killer it finally clicked and I didn't even think that person would have done it. We go back and forth between the P.O.V. of Rosie the victim and of Kate who is the mother of Grace. Now Grace is friends with Rosie so that is how Kate comes into play. Kate tries to comfort Jo who is Rosie's mother but Jo is just going down hill and fast to the point it is like she forgets she has another daughter who needs her attention. As the story progresses and Kate starts getting notes to help her figure out who truly killed Rosie she ends up learning a lot and with the help of Delphine and the reporter we uncover the truth.
With The Bones of You you learn that not everything in a household is fine sometimes there are secrets that people hide so well it makes everything look okay. I enjoyed how the author used Rosie's death to reveal the past that is within the Anderson household.
This was a good psychological thriller that kept me guessing on who-dun-it.
Debbie self-published three commercial women's fiction novels before writing The Bones of You, her first psychological thriller.
She now writes full time from her home, in a small West Sussex village where she lives with her family.