Wow it’s been a busy blog day today! I have one final post to share with you today, it’s my review of Bone Deep by Sandra Ireland.
Now, did I save the best for last?
Yes, yes I did!
And why do I think it’s the best? Well Sandra, you got me! You threw a curve ball that I was totally not expecting! So much so that I sat bolt right up on my sun lounger, with a beach full of people chanting Nooooooooo!
This book is not my usual read but you hooked me….. I even tweeted you while in my family holiday to tell you just how hooked I was.
So let’s get to it shall we……
What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person? The consequences threaten to be far-reaching and potentially deadly. Bone Deep is a contemporary novel of sibling rivalry, love, betrayal and murder. This is the story of two women: Mac, who is bent on keeping the secrets of the past from her only son, and the enigmatic Lucie, whose past is something of a closed book. Their story is underpinned by the creaking presence of an abandoned water mill, and haunted by the local legend of two long-dead sisters, themselves rivals in love, and ready to point an accusing finger from the pages of history.
Sandra Ireland was born in Yorkshire, lived for many
years in Limerick, and is now based in Scotland. She
began her writing career as a correspondent on a local
newspaper but quickly realised that fiction is much more
intriguing than fact. She returned to higher education
her 40s, to study for undergraduate and postgraduate
degrees at Dundee University. In 2016 she won Creative
Scotland funding for a residency at Barry Mill, a National
Trust for Scotland property. Her debut novel was Beneath
the Skin (Polygon, 2016).
Where do I start?
First off, I couldn’t work for Mac! So hats off to Lucie for putting up with this woman. These two had their moments with each other but I did enjoy their bond….. until…. well…. you’ll have to read!
Mac comes across as a crazy old bat thats slowly loosing her mind, one minute she’s in the here and now, the next she’s calling you by someone else’s name and rattling on about something you’ve ‘done or said’. Shes a woman that doesnt let a lot of people close to her and i get that now, shes lived a long and secret life and i really enjoyed getting to inravel the nitty gritty details!
As Lucie gets into the swing of her ‘new’ life and working for Mac things are discovered, lines have to be crossed and at points i thought Lucie was loosing the plot along with Mac….. oh how wrong I could have been!
This book kept me wanting more and more with each turn of the page. I loved seeing Lucie open up to people she had only just met and really felt for her when she visited home, what she did was wrong on so many levels but they way both parents treated her, my heart ached for her. I adored how she was with Mac’s son, Arthur. Never really admitting her feelings until everything came tumbling down.
Like I said this isn’t my usual read but there was something about the way Sandra wrote the story that had me coming back for just one more page! I wanted to know the secrets, what was real and what was part of Mac’s story books but never in a million years did I expect what was about to unfold!!
Sandra, i can honestly say you did an amazing job on this book. I can not wait to see what comes from you next!
For me this book is a 5 golden apples read and my copy will be making it’s way to my community run library, I will be recommending it to anyone who will listen…. and they’ll have to seen as I’ll be the one issuing their books 😂