Saturday, 23 May 2015

Bone Deep by Kim O'Brien

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.
Bone Deep
Blurb (from Goodreads):
When Paige Patterson travels to Arizona to spend the summer with her archeologist father, she expects answers. Why did her parents divorce? Why did her father choose his career over family? She doesn’t expect to be reunited with her best friend Emily Linton, a girl she has always admired and secretly wanted to emulate, or to find herself falling for the project manager’s son, Jalen Yazzi.

But the summer takes a terrible turn when Emily vanishes. As the police struggle for answers, Paige sets out to find the truth.

The search takes Paige from the Cliffside ruins of prehistoric Native Americans to the Navajo Nation to the horrifying possibility that the answer is much closer to home. Emily, it turns out, was not the only one good at hiding things.

Her father has no alibi for the night Emily disappeared. An intern with the motive insists he’s innocent. And Jalen has some secrets of his own.

Old bones might not be the only things buried in the ruins. As Paige digs deeper into Emily’s disappearance, she realizes that uncovering the truth may cost her everything—even her life.

Bone Deep by Kim O'Brien

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bone Deep(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.)

“You will fall in love, but you won’t help her and she’s going to die.”

This was a really interesting YA murder-mystery story, with a bit of archaeology thrown in.

I liked Paige in this story, and it was sad that she had had such a difficult time during her parent’s divorce. For one of her oldest friends to then go missing the way she did was really awful for her, especially when she didn’t know if someone close to her was involved.

“Detective Rodriquez is building a case against Jeremy Brown because she believes he might have done something even worse to Emily than he did to me.”

The storyline in this followed Paige and Emily at the start of the story, and then Paige once Emily went missing. I did have an idea of who was behind Emily’s disappearance, but I wasn’t able to guess all of the details! The archaeology in the story was a nice touch though, and I definitely learned some things that I didn’t know before.

“I think the sneakers and the corn are symbolic. A lot of ancient tribal burial ceremonies involved placing moccasins and food along with the body of the loved one. The moccasins symbolised a swift journey to the next world, and the food was to provide nourishment along the way.”

There was a bit of romance, and there was a little bit of a love triangle at one point. I did like the way the romance played out though.

“He takes my face in his hands, carefully moved my hair, and then his lips close over mine.”

The ending to this was pretty good, and we definitely got a bit of action. We didn’t get a 100% happily-ever-after, but hey, this book featured a murder-mystery so what can you expect?
7.5 out of 10

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