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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Good Ol' Who-Done-It?

Bone by Bone
By Carol O'Connell
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult (December 30, 2008)
Rated 5 stars of 5 possible

Two brothers take a walk in the woods; only one comes home. Then the father sends Orrin, his only remaining child away to finish school in a place where there are no woods in which to get lost.  For twenty years, the case is treated as a missing persons case, and no progress is made. Then bone, by bone, Josh, the younger brother starts coming home. A few weeks after the father starts finding the bones on his porch, Orrin returns.  He is now a veteran of the United States Army, Central Intelligence division, with many years of criminal investigation under his belt... and, after yet another of his brother's bones is found on the porch, he's suspcious...

When a child dies, the police take a hard look at the parents first.  Did the old man kill Josh? As we eagerly turn the pages to discover what happened to the young teen all those years ago, we discover that the brothers argued with each other on that walk before they parted. Has Orrin returned to the scene of his crime, or did someone else commit the murder?

As the story progresses, nearly everyone in town had reason to dislike Josh and his ever-present camera; anyone could be the murderer...  Carol O'Connell has created a host of interesting characters and written a compelling novel about them, a page-turner that mystery fans and enthusiasts of criminal fiction alike will not easily be able to put aside. I like the way this book was written because the characters are allowed to tell their story their own way. The point of view makes sense in relationship to the character's actions. The transitions make sense and facts don't seem out of place as with some books I've read lately.

Highly recommended.  This review is published simultaneously on Amazon.com, Dragonviews and LibraryThing.

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