Everyone should have a Bone Dragon to help them through whatever trauma they encounter in their lives. This is an astonishing book, written ostensibly for Young Adults but with the power to move older adults as well. It will speak to many who need to know they are understood and accepted.
The central character, Evie, seemingly broken by the darkness of her early world and her inability to "tell" finds healing and reclaims her own considerable power through the agency of the Dragon. It is left to the reader to decide whether this wise creature has any external existence or is a part of Evie`s brain to which she does not have conscious access.
The nature of the horrors Evie has been through are never spelled out but their consequences are. The reader is drawn to Evie and is always on her side. The writer skilfully reveals the black distress of a girl who thinks she has lost everything and will always be different from the other girls in her class. The healing which Evie eventually experiences extends to the good family who have adopted and cherished her.
The book can be read as a psychological thriller or as a morality story. It is totally original and does not follow the trend for vampires or dystopias. It is much more frightening. It shows the raw emotional power of a very angry young woman who is right to be angry with a world which has colluded in mistreating her. There is a spectacular and satisfying ending where the wild justice is done. The psychological depth of the book will intrigue adults; younger readers can revel in the fantasy of owning a Dragon.