Debbie Howells



The Bones of You by Debbie Howells

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A stunning, wonderfully assured psychological thriller that evokes Gillian Flynn and Alice Sebold, The Bones of You revolves around a young girl’s murder and one woman’s obsession with uncovering the secrets in an idyllic English village.

I have a gardener’s inherent belief in the natural order of things.  Soft‑petalled flowers that go to seed.  The resolute passage of the seasons.  Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer.

Children who don’t die before their parents.

When Kate receives a phone call with news that Rosie Anderson is missing, she’s stunned and disturbed. Rosie is eighteen, the same age as Kate’s daughter, and a beautiful, quiet, and kind young woman. Though the locals are optimistic — girls like Rosie don’t get into real trouble — Kate’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when Rosie is found fatally beaten and stabbed.

Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwines herself with the Andersons — graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine — the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie’s life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.

Weaving flashbacks from Rosie’s perspective into a tautly plotted narrative, The Bones of You is a gripping, haunting novel of sacrifices and lies, desperation and love.

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The Bones of You was published in July 2015 by Pan Macmillan in the UK. The US publisher is Kensington Books. The rights are also sold in Germany (Goldmann), the Netherlands (House of Books), Brazil (Intrinseca), Greece (Patakis) and Japan (Hayakawa).

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Reviews of The Bones of You

“I couldn’t stop reading this from the moment I picked it up. An intelligent thriller which looks behind the perfect facade of village life to reveal the dark secrets within. Written with heart and real depth, and with some real hand-over-mouth moments – I was gasping in surprise in a cafe! This is going to be a huge hit, and deservedly so.”

Rachael Lucas

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