Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Book Review: On Bone Bridge by Maria Hoey

"The sins of the past will not stay buried. But who are the innocent and who are the guilty?"

Kay Kelly has always envied pretty, privileged Violet-May Duff, but the two young girls come from very different worlds. Suddenly befriended by Violet-May, Kay finds herself welcomed into the grand Duff house, where, charmed by Violet-May's sister, the ethereal Rosemary-June, and intrigued by Mrs Duff, a woman with a past, she falls helplessly in love with Violet-May's brother Robbie. It all seems too good to be true. And it is.

One mild September afternoon the three young girls take Violet-May's baby brother for a walk in his pram. What happens on Bone Bridge that day will change all their lives forever.

Now in her thirties, Kay's path crosses once more with the Duff family and it doesn't take her long to realise that something is very wrong. With the life of a child clearly threatened, Kay is forced to accept that what happened all those years ago on Bone Bridge has come back to haunt her. Now, not only must she resurrect painful memories, but the time has come to finally face up to terrible truths, even if it means putting her own life in danger.

The synopsis for On Bone Bridge by Maria Hoey definitely intrigued me. Everything about it made me really want to read this book. When I won On Bone Bridge from a Goodreads giveaway, I was ecstatic! Luckily, this book didn't disappoint.

The pacing for On Bone Bridge starts off slowly for the first few chapters. However, it quickly picks up soon enough. Once the pacing picked up, I didn't want to put this book down. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next and to find out what Kay knew. I also couldn't wait to find out if Oliver would be alright.

The plot for On Bone Bridge is definitely an interesting one. I also don't believe it's been done too many times. When Violet-May's and Rosemary-June's infant brother, Alexander, falls off of a bridge and drowns, everyone thinks it was just a horrible accident. However, Kay has her suspicions that it wasn't. We read about this time in her life. Then we read a little about when she's a teen, followed by her twenties. It's when she's in her late 30's that she crosses paths with the Duff family. She is invited by Rosemary-June's and Violet-May's brother, Robbie, to come leave with them in their house to keep an eye on things. Rosemary-June now has two kids of her own. A 3 year old girl named Caroline and an 18 month old named Oliver. When strange things start happening to Oliver, Kay starts to wonder if they are by accident or if something more sinister is going on as well as wondering if this is all connected to that day on Bone Bridge when Alexander drowned. Anyway, the plot is written very well. There are a few plot twists including one which could be predictable. However, On Bone Bridge is still a fantastic read. All of my questions were answered, so it was nice to have closure.

I enjoyed the world building in On Bone Bridge. This book definitely had me feeling some emotions for sure! Anyway, most of the book takes place in Ireland at different time periods. I think the author, Maria Hoey, did an excellent job in making the reader feel as if they were right there whilst everything was happening. I loved how most of the story also takes place at the Duff family home. Kay was in awe of the house when she was little, so it was nice to read more about the place.

I felt the characters were fleshed out well enough especially the characters of Kay, Violet-May, and Robbie. I would have liked to know a bit more about Rosemary-June, but I still felt like she was written well enough. I loved Kay's inquisitive nature and how protective she was of Rosemary-June's kids. I loved reading about how much she loved those kids. I also loved how real she was and how she felt about Robbie. Even though Violet-May was spoiled, she was still an enjoyable character to read about. I felt like I have come across a few Violet-Mays in my time. I also loved Robbie and how far he was willing to go to protect his niece and nephew. Robbie came across as just a great guy. Rosemary-June was also an interesting character. I also felt like she was living in the shadow of her older sister, Violet-May. Rosemary-June was fun to read about too. It was interesting reading about all the characters as a child and then again as adults.

Trigger warnings include the death of a child and an animal, a spoiled child, swearing, violence (although not much and not very graphic), drinking, and cheating.

Overall, On Bone Bridge is a fantastic read. It's got a very interesting and strong plot as well as likable characters. The world building is written well too. I would definitely recommend On Bone Bridge by Maria Hoey to everyone aged 15+ who loves reading.

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