Review–The Bones of You by Debbie Howells

In a quiet English town, the teenaged daughter of a well-known news reporter goes missing. Her name is Rosie and she is a quiet young lady, getting ready to go off to university. Kate, her neighbor, has a daughter around the same age as Rosie and knows Rosie as well as anyone can. When Rosie goes missing, Kate reaches out to her mother, Joanna, and slowly finds herself sucked into Joanna’s allure, sadness, and dysfunction.

Strongly reminiscent of Jodi Picoult and Alice Seebold’s style (without the emotional manipulation one expects in Picoult’s novels), this story is told from both Kate and Rosie’s perspectives. These alternating perspectives help us to know Rosie, Kate, and Joanna and to really shape the upheaval, strain, and hopelessness of Rosie’s home.

This is quite a good book. It is well-crafted and thought out with fairly interesting characters and motivations. I really liked Kate as a person and enjoyed seeing her grow from a somewhat naive individual into someone more complicated, who must struggle with being pulled into her neighbor’s tragedy (including her own desires to be more involved and present). Rosie’s story was quite heart-breaking and did reach the only natural conclusion in the end. Overall, a good book. I would recommend it.

I received this book for free at Net Galley