Louise Henderson, the investigator at
the heart of this novel, is a detective with secrets. She keeps some from her
partner, DS Shipley. Soon, the detectives take up the case of a woman who
escaped a deadly attack in the nearby woods—and who believes it was the work of
the title character, a local legend who may be a murderer, a supernatural creature,
or just an urban myth.
The woods are searched and it gives up
other human remains indicating the Bone Keeper has been at work for a
while. What we get in the backstory too
is the bone Keeper has some intrinsic connection with Henderson herself who is
difficult to like and is a bit of a loner, married to her job
How these seemingly disparate elements
connect—sometimes linearly, sometimes via well-made twists—leads the novel to
its conclusion. Veste’s slow-burning approach works well, sustaining the sense
of general wrongness that gives the narrative so much atmosphere.
Bone Keeper, Veste has taken a step towards horror, staying within thriller
territory and generating a fast moving, gripping story which steadily unfolds
and keeps you guessing all the way through to the end. It’s also chilling,
spooky and engaging. In fact, the background narrative of is so compelling it
feels like the urban myth is based on actual events.
The other excellent feature of The Bone Keeper is the underbelly of
Liverpool. Luca Veste is well known for his ‘Scouse noir’ and this novel adds
to that reputation.
Submitted by Paula
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