The Bones Of You - Debbie Howells

The Bones Of You - Debbie Howells


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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.


„The Bones Of You“ is a beautifully written , dark and haunting suspense thriller. I read it within two days, absolutely captured by the story.


In a small town in Sussex, England, eighteen year old Rosie goes missing. Kate, who lives there, knew her, Rosie came sometimes to help her with her horses. Kate has a daughter herself of that age and is absolutely shocked. She feels she has to do something and so she begins to care about Joanne, Rosie’s mother. They become friends in these horrible times. Joanne seems to have everything, a well known TV journalist as a husband, two lovely daughters, money, beauty, everything is perfect. And now Rosie is gone.


What is really haunting in this book is that Rosie is a narrator herself. She sees “the movie of her life”, she is somehow ghostlike, and she tells us about her life, her family which is not perfect at all. She had a horrible childhood, her father is cruel and her mother somehow weak. She reveals for us what was really going on in this family.


The story is character driven; slowly the hidden secrets come to the surface. Kate and Rosie alternating are telling us the story. Kate in the present, when she deals with her own life and gets more and more involved in Joanna’s misery. Rosie is above all, she reveals us her short and sad life. After a while I was pretty sure about the person who killed Rosie. But that did not spoil it for me, I was curious how it could come to that.


This novel was hard to put down. I loved the writing very much. I recommend it highly for lovers of dark suspense thrillers.