Originally published 2016-05-25: Skeletal What would you want the world to know if your bones had just been found? Skeletal by Katherine Hayton
Check out this book cover. Isn’t it stunning?
When you see a book cover like that, you know you’re in for a great ride. Skeletal by Katherine Hayton does not disappoint.
Three months before she died, Daina Harrow faced a bully at school.
Six weeks before she died, Daina Harrow suffered an assault in the park.
One week before she died, Daina Harrow stole a secret people had killed to hide.
That was ten years ago. Ten long years.
Now, her bones have been found on a building site. A coroner’s inquest has been reopened. A parade of witnesses is about to start.
And Daina’s here. Watching every day as her mother cries in the courtroom.
Watching every day as her friends, and her enemies, and her killers lie about her on the stand.
Watching, and making sure that no matter what the coroner hears, you know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
So help you God.
This book reminded me in some ways of The Lovely Bones, but I can honestly say that the comparison stops there. If you’re worried about reading the same book over again, you can breathe easy. This is NOT the same book by any means.
Daina Harrow is one of those kids almost anyone can feel sorry for – and identify with. She’s smart, but not smart enough to escape the traps of adolescence; she’s brave, but she’s still a kid; and she’s flawed, but she’s surrounded by people who all have their own demons and depravity kicking around in their skulls.
What makes this such a great book is the way it weaves in reality with the supernatural so seamlessly that one often cannot tell the difference. Filtered through the eyes and understanding of a young girl, sometimes its hard to tell what Daina thinks she knows, and what she actually does.
I give Skeletal by Katherine Hayton four of five stars because it hurt in a good way and left my head spinning. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in stories of the justice system, teenage troubles, and supernatural crime thrillers.
I liked it so much, I can’t wait to get started on her next book, and since I’ve already got several of them waiting on my Kindle, you’re all sure to see more reviews of her books soon. I also interviewed Katherine Hayton, so be sure to check that out.
This is book #12 on my quest to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.
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