The Bones of You by Debbie Howells


Am I the only one getting sick of books being compared to ‘Gone Girl’. I don’t understand why books need to be compared constantly to another book. Well, ‘The Bones of You’ by Debbie Howells is another one that has the “If you like Gone Girl, you will love this!” blurb attached to it. Not only was it compared to ‘Gone Girl’ but it was also compared to ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold as well. Just so everyone knows, I did not choose to read this book because of the comparisons claimed. Also, the only reason I could see it being compared to ‘The Lovely Bones’ in anyway, is that they both are about a murder of a young girl in a small town, and both have perspectives told from the girls before and after death, but the rest of the two stories are completely different.

This review does not contain spoilers.

This book is set in the UK and involves two separate families. Kate receives a phone call that Rosie Anderson is missing which disturbs her immensely. Rosie is one of the daughters of the Anderson’s whom she has become acquaintances with through their daughters school. Rosie would sometimes stop by Kate’s to ride the horses that she owns and soon finds out that Rosie was murdered in the woods back behind her house. Kate soon finds herself intertwined with the Anderson’s due to becoming close friends with Jo, Rosie’s mother. Kate regularly goes to the Anderson’s house to help console and comfort Jo during their difficult time and mourning. This story revolves around the mystery of what happened to Rosie, who would want to kill such an innocent young girl in the small village in which they live?

I really enjoyed this book, it was extremely fast paced and kept you guessing the entire time, which is what I like when I go for this particular genre. (thriller, suspense) I find that  a lot of books from this genre today are very similar, and if you read too many of them at once they all seem to mold into one story. Luckily, this was completely different from what I was expecting. Not only do you get Kate’s point of view, but you also get Jo’s, Rosie’s sister Delphine, as well as Rosie herself before and after her death. I would recommend this book, and gave it a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.



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