Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Bones of You

The Bones of You - by Debbie Howells

The Bones of You is a psychological thriller set in a quiet village in which a teenage girl is murdered. A seemingly perfect family begins to fall apart at the seams as the story unfolds. Nothing is ever quite as it seems.......
The narrative comes mostly from a mum in the village - Kate, her connection with the girl and her need to know what happens, which at times make her get too close, and lose her perspective.
The strongest voice in the story though comes from Rosie, the murdered girl. As she dies the story of her life is played out in front of her, allowing her to see from another perspective things that happened as she grew up, and how they led to what happened to her. Her voice is regretful yet insightful.
Each chapter was short and left you wanting more, switching between the story of Kate and the voice of Rosie. Slowly more and more is revealed, secrets unfold and layers of deception are discovered.

I couldn't put it down, and read it until very late at night, and the next day when I really really had other things I should have been doing..........

The sign of a good book I always think, one that makes you resent the time away from it.

What do you look for in a book? What makes the perfect read?

reviewed for mumsnetter bloggers network, with thanks to Kensington for the book.

reviews by other mumsnetter bloggers

joining in with Circle of Pines a year in books. 


  1. This sounds exactly like the kind of book I like to read! I have to see if I can borrow it from the library.

  2. Sounds very intriguing. I always know I am really enjoying a book of it makes it's way into the kitchen, to be read as I stir pots and wait for the kettle to boil! X

  3. this sounds a good read - my measure of a good book at the moment is if it makes me look forward to my commute!

  4. Sounds like a super book - I've made a note of the title and will have a hunt next time I'm in the library. xx

  5. Oh yes, I love a book you just can't put down. And that you can't wait to get back to when you do have to put it down.

  6. it's been a long time since i read a book that made me give up other activities. i do miss that.

    i like the idea of getting to see your life through another perspective.

  7. Sounds amazing but as a bedtime reader perhaps a little too exciting to be read at that time of day......

  8. Sounds amazing, though you can fall asleep after that is beyond me. For me a good book is the quality of the writing first and foremost, a story that I can relate to, a protagonist that touches my heart.

  9. It was a good book, not without its faults but like you I ended up reading it way into the night! Just had to find out what had happened. My review is on the mumsnet linky now too :) x

  10. It sounds excellent! I tend to like contemporary books, with lots of dialogue and lots of descriptions of food. And crime fiction too. This book sounds right up my street, thanks for the recommendation. x

  11. I like all sorts of different books but find they need to be well written to completely hold me. I am almost at the end of a book that I just happened to pick up in Waterstones and which I have ripped through, finding it hard to put down mainly because of the twisty turny plot. It's called The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair and although sometimes the writing was a bit annoying the plot is really good. I think next I'm going for the Alan Cumming autobiography. Not something I would normally go for but I started that one in Waterstones as well. I've also just bought the new Harper Lee so I'm quite organised reading wise. Having said that I love a recommendation so I'll check this one out as well x

  12. Sounds like a good book.My problem is keeping my nose out of so many books. I do have a Kindle, but would rather hold the real thing in my hands. I am so faraway from a truly functioning library and do buy books online. I love the "poetry" of the words, the incredible writing..oh, sigh. Now reading The Bee Keeper's Apprentice and going back soon to G. K. Chesterton. Two books that truly had me were All The Light We Cannot See and Dead Wake. Do you ever hold a book close to your heart..and a book where you just have to put down and leave the room..pace around and come back to because it breaks your heart, or maybe just overwhelms you? Cry the Beloved Country as well.

  13. Not being able to put it down is definitely a good sign with me, but I do struggle with stories where someone young dies like that, I'm too much in need of feel good from my books!


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