October is the perfect time of year for reading haunting mysteries and psychological thrillers. The Bones of It by Kelly Creighton, from Liberties Press, is a psychological crime thriller set in present day County Down, Northern Ireland. Keep reading to see what reviewers think and learn more about this book!
Book Review: The Bones of It
“The first person narrative adds an air of believability with snippets of actual events that took place in Northern Ireland peppered throughout the story giving it an extra layer of authenticity.”
“The dialogue between Scott and the other characters, as well as his own interior monologues, are all sharply observed and filled with occasional black humour.”
“Overall, The Bones of It is a gripping debut from Kelly Creighton, who is definitely a writer to keep an eye on.”
The Bones of It: Kelly Creighton
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“The Bones of It has not only grown on me, it has expanded within my mind in the four days since I finished reading it.”
“I would go on here to discuss many more aspects of The Bones of It that I truly admire: the dialogue, which is masterful; Creighton’s skill in the working of various set-piece scenes; how she is equally adept at handling moments of action just as well as times of silence and reflection; and Scott’s father Duke MacAuley who is one of the great villains … unless he’s not a villain at all.”
“I review books because I enjoy the task and I always hope to find the work of the Next Great Writer dropped through the letterbox slot in my door. If she keeps this up, Kelly Creighton can be that Next Great Writer. The Bones of It is not just a novel to read, it is a novel to experience.”
About the Book
Thrown out of university, green-tea-drinking, meditation-loving Scott McAuley has no place to go but home: County Down, Northern Ireland. The only problem is, his father is there now too.
Duke wasn’t around when Scott was growing up. He was in prison for stabbing two Catholic kids in an alley. But thanks to the Good Friday Agreement, big Duke is out now, reformed, a counselor.
Squeezed together into a small house, with too little work and too much time to think about what happened to Scott’s dead mother, the tension grows between these two men, who seem to have so little in common.
Penning diary entries from prison, Scott recalls what happened that year. He writes about Jasmine, his girlfriend at university. He writes about Klaudia, back home in County Down, who he and Duke both admired. He weaves a tale of lies, rage and paranoia.