Bone by Bone

Bone by Bone

Book - 2008
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A stunning stand-alone novel from the national-bestselling author who “has raised the standard for psychological thrillers” (Chicago Tribune). Carol O’Connell’s most recent Mallory novel, Find Me, was one of the most highly praised suspense novels of the year. “A terrific find: a tightly wrapped, expert combination of suspense, mystery and show-stopping character” (Janet Maslin of The New York Times); “yet another example of the spot-on talents of one of America’s finest writers of mysteries” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). In Bone by Bone, however, she may have written her most unforgettable novel yet. In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until twenty years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact. And it is not the first such object, his father tells him. Other remains have been left there as well. Josh is coming home . . . bone by bone. Using all his investigative skills, Oren sets out to solve the mystery of his brother’s murder, but Coventry is a town full of secrets and secret-keepers: the housekeeper with the fugitive past, the deputy with the old grudge, the reclusive ex-cop from L.A., the woman with the title of town monster, and, not least of all, Oren himself. But the greatest secret of all belonged to his brother, and it is only by unraveling it that Oren can begin to discover the truth that has haunted them all for twenty years. Written with the rich prose, resonant characters, and knife-edge suspense that have won the author so many fans, Bone by Boneis further proof that “O’Connell is one of the most poetic yet tough-minded writers of the genre” (San Francisco Chronicle).
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780399155147
Branch Call Number: OCO
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 25 cm

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finn75
Nov 19, 2016

An engaging murder mystery in a small and eccentric town. There are plenty of suspects of who killed the young boy who liked to take photos of peoples secrets but I did not guess who!

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msandlier
Jun 23, 2013

This is the first book I've read by this author. The first part of the book was very enjoyable, however the end was very disappointing.

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bridge1
Jun 27, 2012

Good premise to the story with interesting characters.

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VRMurphy
Sep 26, 2011

A terrific, well-paced read that disappointingly speeded up and fizzled out in the last 50 pages. I'll try another by this author in hope that this isn't a pattern.

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B_Mammen
Mar 01, 2011

Bone by Bone - In the small town of Coventry in northern California, two teenage brothers go into the woods, but only one comes back.

No one ever found out what happened to young Josh, until 20 years later, when older brother, Oren, a former investigator for the Army CID returns home. Now Oren must solve this mystery.

Excellent psychological suspense thriller.

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Daphne57
Mar 28, 2009

A well constructed, complex mystery; wonderfully written.

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