Hey everyone! Prepare for some flailing because I have found a new favourite. (Also, I read this book immediately after buying it and that never happens? Maybe I should do it more often hehe).
What the book is about…
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?
Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
What I thought of it…
Guys, this is how you write a book. This was absolutely perfect from start to finish. I was hooked from the opening line and by page 4, I had been completely transported to those Illinois corn fields. The scene-setting gave me the biggest heart eyes; it read like a fable and I was 1000% there for it. It reminded me a little bit of All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater but SO MUCH BETTER. Don’t get me wrong, I liked ATCS but I felt like there was something missing; not so here.
One of my favourite things about this book was the cast of characters. Every single one of them was bloody brilliant. They felt real and had so many layers, my precious little onions. Finn was so sweet and endearing, and I thought the extra *specialness* about him was a great unique addition to the story. Petey was this vulnerable salty girl and let me tell you, I shipped them SO HARD. Sean, Roza, Charlie Valentine, Mel – there wasn’t anyone who didn’t have a history, an emotional depth. Heck, even the animals in this book were fantastically written.
And also, I think I have a newfound love for bees? The scenes with the bees were so frickin’ beautifully written and they just enchanted me. Not to mention, they provided one of the best foody moments in any book ever. Get in my belly, honey-dipped smores.
This book was actually so gorgeous that I want to turn right round and read it all over again. The writing was stunning, with some beautiful metaphors. And the story just had so many levels?! Like there are so many different ways you could interpret things and I LOVE THAT. I loved the ambiguity and how twisty everything was.
I also really liked the way this book drew to its conclusion; the pacing was perfect and the ending had enough of a resolution to satisfy the reader while also leaving things slightly open and not tying it all up in a neat little bow. I know I’m going to be thinking about this one for a long time.
Bone Gap is a genre-bending masterpiece and a new-found favourite. I feel like it’s a very underrated book that isn’t really talked about anywhere but I’m going to be recommending it to EVERYONE from this day on. Please please read this one if you haven’t already!
Have any of you read this? Do you like your books on the magical side?