Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Bones of You-Debbie Howells

The Bones of You-Debbie Howells

the facts
satisfaction: side/down
pages: 320
gender: F
nationality: UK
year: 2015
novel

The daughter of a friend disappears and is found dead. This is the story of Kate's determination to be a good friend and to know.


A bit derivative to be honest with far too much reliance on stereotypical tropes. The idyllic town where you learn that you don't truly know what is happening behind the neighbor's doors and the disembodied voice of the dead teenager interspersed with real events are tropes that have become overdone and therefore too obvious. Syrupy prose with an astonishingly naive narrator, it was a bit too heavy handed with the foreshadowing. I don't know, I could see what was coming from like a mile off and so much of the journey was like a soap opera with such over dramatics. Yet, I found it charming in its own way anyway. Maybe it was the horses, though idealized, they provided a steady antidote to the over dramatics of the rest of the novel.

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