In Her Bones by Kate Moretti
Atria Books: 9/4/18
eBook review copy; 320 pages
In Her Bones by Kate Moretti is a highly recommended mystery/suspense novel about a woman on the run trying to uncover the truth.
Edie Beckett, 30, is just trying to live her life out of the spotlight.
Fifteen years ago, her mother, Lilith Wade, was convicted of murdering
six women, and sentenced to death row. The media frenzy continued after
the release of the unauthorized biography by an unknown author. Edie is a
recovering alcoholic who keeps to herself, has a co-dependent
relationship with her brother, and an unhealthy obsession with the
surviving family members of Lilith's victims. She keeps notebooks on
their personal information, stalks them online (and in person if
Edie's current obsession is
Peter Lipsky, whose wife was fatally stabbed by Lilith. She's stalking
him online, through a survivor's message board, and collecting
information about him and his late wife, Colleen. Colleen's murder is
the one that doesn't fit the profile of Lilith's other victims. When
Edie meets Peter during one of her reconnaissance missions, she ends up
drinking too much and and goes home with him. She leaves before he wakes
up, but is later found murdered that morning. She doesn't remember much
of the night and now she is the prime suspect for his murder. Edie goes
on the run while trying to uncover what really happened and who killed
Edie is a sympathetic, fleshed-out character and the main narrator in
the book, although there are also excerpts from the biography of Lilith
included and a few from Gil Brandt, the detective who caught Lilith, but
also helped Edie. As the novel unfolds, Edie reminisces about her
troubled childhood with Lilith while dealing with her current situation.
Edie is also clearly a damaged character, and much of this began in her
childhood with Lilith.
While on the run rather than talking to detectives, she does make some
questionable/interesting choices along the way and has a few stumbles.
In her own way, she is a resourceful, smart, and street savvy character.
She is clever enough to evade being caught while trying to ferret out
the truth about Peter's murder, which also requires her to look back at
his wife's murder. Was Lilith responsible for it or is there another
killer running loose out there and could Edie now be a target?
I found this to be a well-written, compelling mystery (rather than
thriller). The pace is even, rather than fast, until the end, but the
steps Edie takes and her reasoning is interesting enough to keep your
attention. In Her Bones held my attention throughout. Although I
had all manner of guesses and suspects, I didn't have a clue about the
ending until just before it happened. Nicely played Moretti!
My review copy was courtesy of Atria Books