Book Reviews

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Summary from Goodreads. 2.5 stars

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.

**this review contains spoilers**

Ok so I some how didn’t realize that this was a magical realism book.

So I picked this book up on a whim. It seemed interesting from the description on Libby so I decided to listen to it. I was expecting a nice suspenseful mystery. But I was wrong.

Throughout the book there was nothing really wrong with it. At the beginning of the book we learn about the town of bone gap and the author tells us about our main character, Fin.

Eventually, though, they found out that there was a good reason for Finn’s odd expressions, his strange distraction, that annoying way he had of creeping up on a person. A good reason he never looked anyone in the eye.

The way the author puts it at the beginning of the book makes me think that Fin is troubled or that there is something wrong with him. Except, there really isnt. The only thing that I think could be explanation for this is the fact that it was discovered in this book that Fin had a condition that made it hard for him to see faces and to recognize other people by his face.

I felt like a lot of the story was just focused on Fin and his friends. Throughout the book we get to know a character called Petey, who later becomes his girlfriend. I didn’t sign up for a romance when I decided to read this book. I feel like there is so much in this book that wasn’t mentioned in the description. Like the fact that this is a magical realism book.

So I went through the whole book thinking that this was a completely normal story without any magical elements because the start of the book, and basically the whole book except the end doesn’t have any magic.

At the end something happens. But I honestly couldn’t tell you what that something is. I remember listening to it and my mind just going insane because all of these strange things where happening that I wasnt comprehending.

There were so many crazy things happening I just thought that Fin was having a panic attack. I have literally no idea of what happened at the end so I am rating this 2.5 stars. This was definitely not what I had expected for this book.

However, this book was told I’m multiple points of view and also in flashbacks. The book is told by Fin and Rosa (mainly). The audiobook narrator does a great job with the characters voices. They are all easily distinguishable from each other which I appreciate.

Sometimes the flashbacks or dreams that the characters were having would be confusing because in audio book it sounds the same while in the book the flashbacks might be italicized or centered in the middle of the page to give the reader a better understanding but for me, as an Audiobooks listener it was a little harder for me to tell if it was a flashback or a dream of whether a scene took place in the present.

As for the writing and overall plot of the story I feel like the story moved pretty slow. I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance in this book and there was a lot included in the book that didn’t bring the characters any closer to finding Rosa. I felt like the book moved pretty slow and that it wasn’t very suspenseful. I like nice fast moving well paced stories and it was not fast moving!

I didn’t feel like there was a lot of mystery solving either. I feel like that’s what’s missing from this book. Instead of planning out a well developed detailed story that makes total sense the author got halfway through the story and decided that Fin would find Rosa in the worst way possible. Using magic. And it wasn’t even good magic! I feel like the author just used the surprise! Magical element to make finding Rosa easier when I would have liked for the characters to have done more work instead of Fin spending time with his girlfriend for half the book and then finally deciding to speak with Charlie Valentine, who basically fed him the answers!!!

Anyways that’s just my opinion 😂😂😂


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