PUBLISHER: Faber & Faber
DATE PUBLISHED: 29th December 2016
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?
Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
This was a novel that told its story in such a way that it has taken me a while to digest all the information presented. The slow weaving of the story through past and present events, linking the events to the main plot of the novel and what was happening to the main characters was a truly beautiful way of telling the story. The four main characters of Roza, Finn, Sean and Petey all had a story to tell and their stories interweaved to create a full picture of Bone Gap and their lives. Within the novel there was a commentary on beauty and whether it is in the eye of the beholder and the burden it can place on someone. Overall, this truly unique story had me hooked once the main plot point of the kidnapping occurred and I needed to know what had happened and how the event of this book and the characters will develop through the story.
Keep Calm and Read On,