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Book Review: The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste

Boring book info:

Title & Author: “The Bone Keeper” by Luca Veste
IBSN
: 9871471141416
Published: March 2018
Book Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

 

Synopsis:

“Now Jordan Henderson… What can England do here from this counter attack? He finds Trippier on the wing, who passes it back to Ashley Young… England are looking PROMISING as Young runs down the flank… Looking for the cross to Harry Kane, who controls it… shoots towards GOAL… OH MY WORD! WHAT AN UNBELIEVABLE SAVE BY THE BONE KEEPER!”

“Absolutely! It’s an unbelievable save! Ashley Young crosses it into the box to Kane, who’s got LOADS OF SPACE – where are the defenders? They should be rushing forward… NOW. But instead they sit back, and Kane gets the opportunity to hit the sweet spot, but HOW THE BONE KEEPER got his hands to the ball, I DON’T KNOW!”

Okay, I’m joking. This book isn’t about a skeleton who rises from the dead and becomes the world’s greatest goalkeeper and stops England from winning the World Cup. (Besides, as if England will ever reach the World Cup final).

However, I would rather have a skeleton in goal than this abomination:

And yes, being an England fan, I feel that I should be obliged to use this train of thought to remind you that the ball was CLEARLY OVER THE LINE (and completely changed the dynamic of the game. You know, if that goal ACTUALLY counted, it would have brought the game back to 2-2 and the outcome of the match would have been different. You never know, England *might* have gone on to win the match or lose on penalties. But because the goal wasn’t given, the players’ mentality was affected, and Germany went on to win 4-1. AND NO, IM STILL NOT BITTER ABOUT IT. NOT ONE BIT. IT’S FINE. DON’T CARE, MATE. IT’S IN THE PAST. Besides, who cares who wins? Football’s the real winner.)

Anyway… shall we actually get to the *proper* synopsis?

 

The “Actual” Synopsis/Blurb:

The Bone Keeper’s coming.
The Bone Keeper’s real.
He doesn’t stop.
He doesn’t feel.
He’ll snatch you up.
And make you weep.
He’ll slice your flesh.
Your bones he’ll keep.

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As a child, Louise Henderson knew this song.
Then, she knew not to play in the woods.
Then, the Bone Keeper was never seen
but everyone feared the name.

x

As a police officer, Louise’s job is to catch criminals.
Now, bodies are being unearthed in local woodland.
Now, she has no choice but to go into the woods.
A childhood memory is about to become a terrifying reality.

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So this book starts off with four kids, about twenty years prior, doing what any kid would do if there was a “suspected sighting” of an urban myth – “The Bone Killer” – in the woods. Go and try to find it. Even though that you’re between the ages of eleven-to-fifteen, and there’s a chance that if this myth is, in fact, real, you could DIE, but…

Sorry, maybe I’m being too harsh; I mean, that is what a kid is about, I suppose. Exploring. Finding things. Proving you’re “not scared” to do something, yet deep inside, you’re actually shitting bricks. I’ve been there.

But I’ve read enough books now to know that it’s a terrible idea, and something bad is going to happen. And sure enough, four people enter the tunnel, three people leave, and one disappeared, never to be seen again.

Then, we go forward in time to present day, where DC Louise Henderson is having a panic attack and an almost post-traumatic flashback with fire, before being called by her Sergent to deal with a crime, where a woman had been assaulted in the woods, before singing “The Bone Killer” song, according to an eye-witness report.

So… is “The Bone Killer” real? Is it a fan, a copycat, someone using the myth’s name to scaremonger the local community? Find out more… by reading… this… book (Ha! Thought I was going to tell you the ending? Sike!)

 

The Bone Keeper is the second book that I’ve read from Luca Veste so far – the first being “Then She Was Gone”, which I could have almost sworn that I’ve reviewed before on this blog; however, I think I might have accidentally deleted it – which is a shame, because I enjoyed the book :/

Nonetheless, I honestly prefer Then She Was Gone compared to this book. Don’t get me wrong, the idea surrounding this standalone novel is interesting – I mean, although I’m not sure if any exist in my hometown (and hope not), but the concept surrounding local, urban myths was something that immediately brought my attention to the book. The tension built up towards the start and end of the book, and the book itself was so fast-paced that it’s such a quick read, even when things were starting to prolong.

However, the main issue I found with this book was that it was so confusing. Like, towards the end, I got to a point where I was like “well, I have no idea what the fuck’s going on anymore, but there’s a lot of things happening all at once, and things are really interesting, so I can’t put it down”.

I think this was meant to be confusing – once you find out the ending, it makes more sense. However, there are so many POV changes that it’s almost impossible to keep track of all of the characters and plot points at times. Which I think lets it down a little bit.

Maybe it was also the fact that this was a standalone novel, so characters didn’t feel as fully developed as they did in the Murphy & Rossi series.

But it’s difficult to explain because… whilst this is a good thriller, there’s just that *little* something that is preventing it from me saying that it’s a “great” thriller, you know? And the annoying thing is… I can’t quite put my finger on it. Is it the characters? The length of the book? The writing?

I just don’t know

 

Overall rating: 6.5/10

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