The residents of a close knit, peaceful village in the serene countryside of Sussex, England, are shaken, stunned and in disbelief when the body of eighteen year old Rosie Anderson is found in the woods, the victim of a gruesome murder. It is incomprehensible to everyone why such a beautiful and wonderful girl, the perfect daughter of the elegant Joanna and her famous journalist husband Neal, would be brutalised in such a way.
Kate, whose daughter Grace was Rosie’s classmate, reaches out to the Anderson family in their time of need. As the friendship between these two women grows, cracks in the perfect armour of the Anderson family begin to show and Kate can’t help but become more involved and drawn into the drama unfolding before her. As the search for the murderer continues and accusing fingers are pointed, life at the Anderson house soon takes on an eerie and disturbing turn as long hidden and suppressed family secrets come to light.
Debbie Howells’ novel, The Bones of You, is a gripping and suspenseful psychological thriller. Told in alternating voices with slightly differing timelines, the story and characters are skillfully crafted and the plot twists are revealed unexpectedly and with great care, so that they create a delightful surprise and shock when the reader comes upon them. By far my favourite parts of The Bones of You were the chapters told in Rosie’s haunting voice. These sections were absolutely mesmerising, slowly unravelling and clarifying the events preceding her death, all the while revealing more and more secrets from the past.
My one small complaint, and definitely not enough to deter from my enjoyment of the story was that I found Kate to be a bit too gullible, and I found that many of her conversations with Rachel and Laura seemed to just serve as filler for the book, regurgitating facts and plot points that had already been fleshed sufficiently.
All in all The Bones of You is a nice, enjoyable and entertaining read from Debbie Howells. I look forward to reading her future works.
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.