Bone Gap

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

3/5 Stars

Well this was a very strange little book. I’m not really sure how to characterize it..or even describe it for that matter. It read much like a fairy tale or myth and lent itself very well to listening to it on audio book. It takes place in the small town of Bone Gap where a woman  has gone missing or just ran away. The only witness to the crime can only describe how the kidnapper moved, not his face, so no one quite believes him.

We follow this story through different points of view, of the missing woman, and those she left behind. The way the story is told there are very strange events that occur, and it is hard to tell whether these events are actually happening as described, or if it is almost being made into a mythical telling by the participants to try to make sense of the situations (…read very heavy on the magical realism). It reminded me a bit of the movie Big Fish, where the stories could be true and magical, or mundane and often cruel. It explores how our characters find the strength to be themselves and find where they fit into the world they have created.

This book is unique and is most certainly not for everyone. If you don’t enjoy magical realism then I might give this one a pass. It was an enjoyable read but I don’t think it will leave much of a lasting impression on me.

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