- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (8 Mar. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471141411
- ISBN-13: 978-1471141416
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Bone Keeper: An unputdownable thriller; you'll need to sleep with the lights on (Dc Louise Henderson 1) Paperback – 8 Mar 2018
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About the Author
Luca Veste is a writer of Italian and Scouse heritage, married with two young daughters. He studied psychology and criminology at University in Liverpool.
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I haven't picked up a book by Luca Veste before. In fact, I had never really heard of his books until I saw the cover for The Bone Keeper posted on twitter. That image, together with the compelling blurb, made me want to pick it up and dive on in. And, I'm so glad I did.
Everything you need to know about The Bone Keeper you can grasp from the book description. I don't want to say any more as there are so many twists and turns which are delightful to read. What I will say, is that the female protagonist, DC Louise Henderson, is fascinating. As the lead investigating officer, she is in charge and finds herself trying to convince her team that the Bone Keeper is real. Here is a woman who is both strong and professional, yet vulnerable and who has to face her many demons while investigating this case. The book worked for me because of her, and my belief in her character.
The book is a fast read, with beautiful writing and imagery that conjures up the spookiness of the woods and those urban myths that we all heard as children. There is something intrinsically haunting about this book. It's frightening because what happens could happen, and often does happen in real life. The disappearance of a child that is never solved. It's something that forever lurks in the back of your mind. Something that you wish will never happen to your family. That is the real bones of this book.
The Bone Keeper is a chiller thriller read. It's a quick, let's turn the pages and find out what happens next, kind of a read. It's also incredibly unique within the crime genre. I've never read anything quite like it. So, if you love your crime fiction that is a little different and which will truly give you the creeps, you can't go far wrong with The Bone Keeper. I loved it.
Chapter after chapter of angst and panic attacks of the leading female detective, supported by cardboard cut- out characters, all coming together in an absurd and totally unbelievable tale.
To make matters worse, if that were possible, it's not even remotely scary, simply irritating.
Other readers may find something to enjoy in this novel, I'm afraid I didn't.
I would love to find a redeeming quality in this, but I simply hated it.
Apologies to the author. I never like slating a book, but I can't find anything good to say about it.
This is neither of those books. However, it IS a very, very good book. The Bone Keeper is my first Luca Veste read. It certainly won't be my last. The book has a moto perpetuo. It flows quite beautifully. It pulls or gently coaxes you forward and dares you to peak around that corner that you approach warily. Luca Veste has an unerring sense of what you want to do and where you want to go next. And he takes you there. The dark menace that runs through the book kept me gripped throughout. The woodland scenes are beautifully observed, Dark tunnels (✔), twigs snapping just within earshot (✔), Unusual and unidentifiable smells (✔). There's almost a touch of the Stephen King about it in parts (and, for me, that is as high as praise gets!) A constant, almost mantric, theme of the book is breathing. Veste enjoins "Just breathe. You’re okay. Just remember to breathe slowly. In, out. In, out." This is a clever device as I found myself holding my breath regularly. Anyway, a gripping, dark, captivating read which I would thoroughly recommend. Thank you, Mr Veste for letting me into your imagination.
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