Review: The Bones of You by Debbie Howells

The Bones Of You - Debbie Howells

Published by: Kensington Books (June 30th 2015)


ISBN: 9781617737664


Source: Netgalley


Rating: 4*



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.


When Kate receives a phone call with news that Rosie Anderson is missing, she's stunned and disturbed. Rosie is eighteen, the same age as Kate's daughter, and a beautiful, quiet, and kind young woman. Though the locals are optimistic—girls like Rosie don't get into real trouble—Kate's sense of foreboding is confirmed when Rosie is found fatally beaten and stabbed.


Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwines herself with the Andersons—graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine—the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie's life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.


Weaving flashbacks from Rosie's perspective into a tautly plotted narrative, The Bones of You is a gripping, haunting novel of sacrifices and lies, desperation and love.



This book brought to mind The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. The haunting way in which Rosie tells the story of her murder makes for gripping reading. Also told via the perspectives of Kate, Jo and Delphine, The Bones of You is a gripping read that weaves each of these character's accounts together to reveal the truth.


This is a compelling read and there are twists galore - as each character revealed more, it got increasingly difficult to put the book down. I guessed the identity of the killer, but then i do read an awful lot of crime!