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Book Review: The Bones of You by Debbie Howells

The Bones of You by Debbie Howells

18-year-old Rosie Anderson is murdered, and Kate, the mother of a daughter the same age, feels compelled to reach out to her mother Jo, to support her, and later, to discover what happened. The police investigation uncovers several leads, but Kate is convinced they are missing something.

The narrative of this novel moves between Rosie recounting her life, and Kate’s encounters with her parents, and her younger sister. Rosie’s father, Neal, is an award-winning news reporter who made his name with insightful accounts from Afghanistan. Jo is the perfect looking wife, and they live in an expensive home. But beneath the glamorous façade is secrets and a dysfunctional family living on a knife’s edge. And then there is the mysterious boyfriend of Rosie’s that no one knows too much about…

Through Rosie’s and Kate’s accounts, a picture builds of this family that is increasingly shocking – and when the murderer is finally revealed, all of the pieces of the mystery are finally revealed. This book is compelling but disturbing. I would definitely recommend.


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