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The Bones of You por Debbie Howells
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The Bones of You (original 2015; edição 2015)

por Debbie Howells (Autor)

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I have a gardener's inherent belief in the natural order of things. Soft-petalled flowers that go to seed. The resolute passage of the seasons. Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer. Children who don't die before their parents. A community in shock When eighteen-year-old Rosie Anderson disappears, the idyllic village where she lived will never be the same again. Local gardener Kate is struck with guilt. She'd come to know Rosie well, and thought she understood her - perhaps better even than Rosie's own mother. A family torn apart Rosie was beautiful, kind and gentle. She came from a loving family and she had her whole life ahead of her. Who could possibly want to harm her? And why? A keeper of secrets Kate is convinced the police are missing something. She's certain that someone in the village knows more than they're letting on.… (mais)
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Título:The Bones of You
Autores:Debbie Howells (Autor)
Informação:Kensington (2015), 320 pages
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4.5 stars.

The Bones of You by Debbie Howells is an utterly heart wrenching mystery. Although not a typical police procedural, this suspenseful psychological thriller is an enthralling story about the murder of eighteen year old Rosie Anderson. Told from dual points of view, the Anderson family's secrets, lies and betrayals are revealed and the truth about this perfect family is as shocking as it is heartbreaking.

From the second she learns her friend Joanna's daughter is missing, Kate McKay is obsessed with learning the truth about Rosie's disappearance. Although they are not particularly close, Rosie is the same age as Kate's daughter, Grace and Kate immediately reaches out to Jo. Rosie and Grace were complete opposites with a different circle of friends, but Rosie spent time on the family farm helping Kate care for their horses. When Rosie's body is discovered a few weeks after she vanished, Kate is compelled to continue supporting her grieving friend while at the same time searching for answers about Rosie's murder.

Rumor and speculation about Rosie run rampant for several weeks, then life returns to normal for most residents of the small town. The same is true for Kate but she continues to check in on Jo and she grows increasingly alarmed at Jo's deteriorating condition. Although understandable given her horrific loss, Kate is nonetheless shocked when her behavior becomes even more erratic. Once Jo confides the truth about her marriage, Kate does not know what to believe since Neal is a charismatic journalist who also volunteers at an orphanage in war torn Afghanistan. Even after Jo presents irrefutable proof that Neal is not the man everyone believes him to be, Kate still has doubts that he is capable of killing his daughter especially since the police cannot completely rule out Rosie's secret boyfriend as a suspect.

While Kate remains unconvinced about Jo's claims, readers are presented with an up close look into the Anderson family through Rosie's eyes. Rosie's spirit lingers after her death and she relives her life right up until the moment of her horrific murder. She sees her life as a movie and the truth about her short life is unbearably sad and unreservedly tragic. Rosie's chapters are incredibly poignant and rather chilling but they provide valuable insight about her family and ultimately, her murder.

The Bones of You by Debbie Howells is a clever yet haunting novel. This shrewdly written mystery has plenty of unexpected twists and turns that cast reasonable doubt on the killer's identity until the story's stunning conclusion. An incredibly riveting psychological thriller that I highly recommend to fans of the genre. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
This book got me hooked and had me not wanting to put it down the further I read. It is a book about a family that is very concerned about keeping up external appearances while no one else knows what goes on. Everything takes place in what appears to be a fairly well off English suburb, where the Anderson family, Neal, Jo, Rosie and Della, live a life somewhat cut off from their neighbours, in wealthy splendour. Until the bottom falls out; until Rosie dies. This is no secret. It happens almost immediately. It is told from two main points of view, Rosie or Rosanna, an 18 year old girl who is murdered and Kate, the mother of a girl she goes to school with and friend of her mother Jo. There are a few chapters with Della speaking as well. Kate seems to be a together woman with a loving husband and daughter. She works with injured horses. While out riding Zappo, she has an accident. She is sure she sensed Rosie and so did the horse. Rosie love to work with Kate and the horses, can she communicate with Zappo. When Rosie talks, it is from the dead. She unveils the life she and her sister have lived under the tyrant who is her father. Her mother is a fragile woman who does what he wants. As Jo unravels after the death of her daughter, Kate gets more involved in her life. Who killed Rosie? What kind of life did they have? Why did Rosie get murdered? Is Della in danger as well? A great story.

Thanks Netgalley, Kensington books and Debbie Howells for providing me with a copy of this book to read for an honest review. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
A superb, sinister debut.

As I read through the night, in a desparate attempt to find out how has killed Rosie and why, I remember a tingling disturbing running through me.

For complete review click on the link below:

http://onerightword.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/the-bones-of-you-debbie-howells.html ( )
  ashkrishwrites | Aug 29, 2018 |
I saw an ad for this book on GoodReads and then happened upon it on the shelf at Walmart. This is one of the best novels I have read. It kept me hooked from page 1! This novel is definitely a must read!! ( )
  NikkiK94 | Mar 21, 2018 |
The Andersons seem like a perfect family - father Neal is a successful TV reporter, Joanna is a glamorous homemaker and they have two polite daughters Rosie and Delphine. However one summer Rosie disappears and when she is found murdered shock waves pass through the comfortable village they live in. Neighbour Kate who has a daughter the same age tries to support Jo through the aftermath but as she does layers are peeled away and eventually the facade of the perfect family starts to crumble.

This book is proving to be very popular and I'm sure thousands of readers can't be wrong but I have to honest and I really heartily disliked this book. It was reminiscent of 'The Lovely Bones' in structure with beyond the grave narration and abuse in the plot, and I didn't like 'The Lovely Bones'! About a third of the way into the book I started to become really frustrated as the storyline became repetitive and didn't seem to move anywhere. There is a certain degree of ability to come up with an interesting idea for a book but for me it just didn't work at all. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
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I have a gardener's inherent belief in the natural order of things. Soft-petalled flowers that go to seed. The resolute passage of the seasons. Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer. Children who don't die before their parents. A community in shock When eighteen-year-old Rosie Anderson disappears, the idyllic village where she lived will never be the same again. Local gardener Kate is struck with guilt. She'd come to know Rosie well, and thought she understood her - perhaps better even than Rosie's own mother. A family torn apart Rosie was beautiful, kind and gentle. She came from a loving family and she had her whole life ahead of her. Who could possibly want to harm her? And why? A keeper of secrets Kate is convinced the police are missing something. She's certain that someone in the village knows more than they're letting on.

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