We reviewed The Bones of You - the latest crime mystery novel by Debbie Howells - for Mumsnet
We loved it because... it definitely grips you from the early stages. The novel is written from the point of view of three different characters, who each reveal different pieces of the story gradually, so you're always desperate to find out what's going to happen next! It's also pretty gritty, without being scary, so there's something to get your teeth into.
What's not so good... there were times when we felt it was a little bit cliché, or cheesy even. For example, the main character Kate is a gardener, and there were a few too many nature motifs which felt as though they had been slightly shoe-horned in. There's also quite a few similarities with The Lovely Bones (not only in the title!) so it did feel like the idea was a bit dated.
And another thing... it felt like there was some unnecessary characters involved. Perhaps they were meant to be red herrings, but the scenes with Laura, the journalist, and Rachel, the local mum, felt like they were going somewhere, but never did. And if we're nit-picking, we can't help thinking the police would have investigated a lot of the leads that the main character Kate kept stumbling apon.
But overall... a great read if you like crime novels, or thrillers, and something quick and easy to read while the baby's asleep!
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