I’m excited to be kicking off the blog tour for New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti’s new novel, In Her Bones. I really enjoyed this novel, and it’s publishing tomorrow, 2ndOctober.
SHE HAS TO FIND THE TRUTH BEFORE THEY FIND HER…
Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction and media frenzy, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie is a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job, just trying to survive out of the spotlight.
Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to discover how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on, and whether they’ve fared better than her. She’s been careful to keep her distance, until the day one of them is found murdered and she quickly becomes the prime suspect. Edie remembers nothing of the night of the death, and must get to the truth before the police—or the real killer—find her.
In Her Bones is Moretti’s latest novel, and it’s a captivating one. Told mostly from Edie’s perspective, this first-person narrative brings you closer to the drama, you get to experience current events with Edie first-hand. This novel reminded me of the channel 4 reality tv show, Hunted, where contestants attempted to evade capture from a group of former police officers. Because that’s exactly what Edie must do, evade capture, and find the truth. I was caught up in the thick of it, where will she sleep, how will she get money, and I must say there were some real clever moments of survival. Had I not watched that reality TV show, I would have said events here regarding Edie’s survival were far-fetched, but they weren’t, they were believable and I was firmly on her side, hoping she evaded capture until she could prove her innocence.
Interspersed throughout this novel, you’ll find excerpts from ‘The Serrated Edge’ – a true crime book written about Edie’s mother, Lilith Wade. These little snippets always left me wanting more, I was so interested in Lilith as a mother, and the lasting impact her parenting would have on her children. Also, what the people who knew her had to say about her and her family. Moretti, can you please write ‘The Serrated Edge’ as a full-length novel, I’d happily purchase it! The added insight from Edie, separate from these excerpts, really built an interested picture of Lilth and how life was for Edie when she was growing up.
Moretti’s writing has this dark undertone to it, and it really draws me in. Her writing style is engaging, but it’s the darkness in the plot that really excites me. The premise for this novel is so interesting, I think it’d make such an interesting docudrama; it’s that morbid curiosity, to want to know how being the child of a serial killer shapes your life – living ‘guilty by association’.
What was really clever about this novel was how impactful it was, and how it spoke to my interest in reading about serial killers and their families, while keeping Lilith as a peripheral character. The plot centred nicely around Edie, and had me pleasantly surprised several times with the way things panned out!
Moretti’s previous novel, The Blackbird Season, was dark and suspenseful; now we have In Her Bones, equally dark and suspenseful. Moretti is skilled in her craft and is now firmly on my radar, I must read The Vanishing Year, while I await her next dark and suspenseful novel! In the meantime, I absolutely recommend In Her Bones to fans of crime fiction, particularly those with an interest in serial killers and their families.
*My thanks to Titan Books for providing me with a copy of this book and inviting me to participate in the blog tour*
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