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History, Mystery and Romance,
This review is from: Bone River (Paperback)
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In the year 1875 Leonie Monroe Russell is living in Washington State, a remote part of the Pacific North-West, and working with her husband Junius an oysterman, and also collecting and studying Native Indian artifacts. Her passion for this had begun with her father who died twenty years before. He was an "ethnicologist" who was obssessed with studying the Native tribes.
Before dying he had ordered Leonie to marry Junius , a much older man, as she was only 17 and her wanted her to be taken care of. (!)
When a riverbank collapses and reveals a mummy to Leonie, she becomes totally focussed on trying to determine the origins of this dead Native woman before Junius can sell her on to make money.
There are some interesting characters alongside: including Lord Tom, a Native Indian who works alongside Leonie and is like a father to her. Also Daniel, Junius's long lost son turns up, but is his story true?
The story is atmospheric, lots of mystery, isolation and battling against the elements in a place that is cold, wet and muddy.
The last of the Native tribes are being studied " scientifically" in far away parts of the US, by people who want to see any relics, especially any bones, and of course the mummy.
I found the beginning intriguing and I found the ending good. The problem for me with this book was that the middle really dragged on and on.
There are lots of interesting details, but you have to be prepared for a very slow read.
I liked the ending, which reveals so much about the novel as a whole, so if you can stick with it and see what you think!