Review: In Her Bones by Kate Moretti

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

 

What It’s About:

Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction, media frenzy, and the release of an unauthorized biography, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie Beckett is just trying to survive out of the spotlight. She’s a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job and an unhealthy codependent relationship with her brother.

Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to see how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on. While her escalating fixation is a problem, she’s careful to keep her distance. That is, until she crosses a line and a man is found murdered.

Edie quickly becomes the prime suspect—and while she can’t remember everything that happened the night of the murder, she’d surely remember killing someone. With the detective who arrested her mother hot on her trail, Edie goes into hiding. She’s must get to the truth of what happened that night before the police—or the real killer—find her.

Unless, of course, she has more in common with her mother than she’s willing to admit.

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My Thoughts:

In Her Bones is a tale of the aftermath of murder.  There are no grisly scenes, just the weight the survivors carry in their hearts and how their lives are forever impacted by their loss. Ms. Moretti’s main character, Edie Beckett–the daughter of a serial killer, has spent her life feeling a bit guilty and remorseful for her mother’s misdeeds.  Edie finds herself on a treacherous journey for survival that ultimately shows her that she is also a victim of Lilith Wade.

In Her Bones is told primarily from Edie’s perspective; interspersed in the story are a few chapters of narration from Gil Brandt, the investigator who brought in Lilith Wade, as well as excerpts of an anonymously authored “tell-all” book about the Lilith Wade killing spree.  Brandt and Edie are interesting characters.  Through Edie’s narration, readers see her obsession with the victims’ families and the impact her unstable childhood has had via her poor decisions and inability to move on.  The dynamic between Edie, her brother and her sister-in-law is odd in a perverse way.  Brandt’s perspective made me question his intent toward Edie.  At times he seems fatherly as he helps her find a sober path to adulthood after her mother is incarcerated.  However, there are times when he seems a bit lecherous, which made me question his motives. As the story tension mounts while Edie is uncovering discrepancies in the original case, I found myself questioning Brandt’s work ethic and motives even more.

When Edie’s (somewhat) chance meeting of one of the survivors leads to her being the prime suspect in his murder, she is on the run and on the clock to find the real killer. Was she the intended victim?  Is she being framed?  Is there anyone she can trust?  After a bit of a slow but necessary story and character set up, this story twist ramps up the intrigue and action.  I really enjoyed Edie’s intelligent sleuthing and her dogged determination. I loved that I was torn between believing that Brandt wanted to help her or just use her as an easy way to close a murder case.

Ms. Moretti respectfully addresses abuse and mental illness as Lilith Wade’s life is revealed through the book excerpts and Edie’s investigations.  All the while, readers are treated to a thrilling mystery featuring an intelligent and street-smart woman. The time pressure Edie feels became a loudly ticking clock in my head as I read the shocking twists along the way to a surprising culmination.  I loved where Edie’s journey took her—a new beginning filled with hope and plans for a future as if a cancerous tumor had been cut out of her leaving her free from her past.

 

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