- File Size: 2041 KB
- Print Length: 342 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1988042038
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 21, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076NPYFB6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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No. Strike that. What I love the most about this book is the slow building suspense over time, the dark crimes that intertwine their lives, with discovery a day away.
Nope. Not that either. What I love the most about this book is Finnegan the grown man, how he begins again at every setback, and his growing obsession.
Nope. Wrong again. I love the ending the most. That final word. I highly recommend that you read this great book all the way to the end. Then you'll know what I love the most about this book. It's one of the best.
When an accidental tragedy occurs and Finny buries the evidence in his mother’s beloved garden, he uncovers human skeletal remains. This discovery fuels a new obsession — a morbid fascination with bones and collecting them. It also triggers a newfound fascination for his mother, one that morphs from adoration to desire.
She wasn’t a conventional mother. Not a cookie-baking, craft-making, costume-sewing, nurturing type of mother.”
When I saw the cover for Pocketful of Bones floating around social media, I was immediately intrigued by not only the eye-catching design, but the title too. Being familiar with Julie Frayn’s writing style — her almost fantasy-like world building, dark humor, and edge-of-your-seat psychological suspense — I knew I would enjoy her latest, and once again, I was not disappointed!
The opening pages threw me into sensory overload, in the best of ways. Through Frayn’s descriptive writing, I imagined the garden setting and the comfort young Finnegan felt surrounded by his mother’s loving-tended-for garden. Being a garden enthusiast myself, I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the perennials, annuals, shrubs, and trees. This visual will stay with me, among my favorite reading memories. It’s scenes like these that fuel my love for reading.
I loved Finnegan and enjoyed experiencing the story through his perspective. It isn’t often that I can “get into” the POV from a male, nevertheless a child, and yet I loved living through his character. Of course, Finnegan ages throughout the book, and he isn’t a child for long, but still!
Pocketful of Bones is also told from the perspective of Finnegan’s mother. Tibba is a prostitute who finds comfort in gardening, cigarettes, and alcohol. Just as her life turns around for the better, it all comes crashing down on her. While she is flawed and not exactly mother-of-the-year, she is still lovable and her ups and downs made her all the more interesting.
The story is dark, suspenseful, at times funny, and even heart-breaking. The ending made me gasp out loud. To sum up my thoughts in one word: WOW.
Highly recommended! 5/5 Stars
The ending is a slam in the gut. Or in this case, the head. (I'm rethinking the cake I was going to take to the new neighbors).
What can I say, very scary and a brilliant horror novel.