Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

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.

I received this book for free from edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When this book was first released I saw so many amazing reviews for it. I got pretty excited! I loved the cover, the synopsis sounded interesting, and most people seemed to love it. There was so much hype around it that I decided to wait to read it. I finally picked it up, and to be honest – I don’t quite get the appeal. It’s not that it’s badly written per se – it just didn’t quite flow or connect with me.

Bone Gap is definitely a magical realism novel. If that’s not a genre you like, then you may have not click with this one either. Bone Gap is a town where things are just a bit different. Before the novel opens, Roza has gone missing. The novel goes between Roza’s past and present, as well as Finn’s present while looking for her and falling in love. I enjoyed Roza’s past (which does come into play later) and Finn’s present. Roza’s present is one of the areas I had the most trouble. It didn’t seem important (at all) and it felt very disjointed. There were also references to mythology that felt a bit out of place.

Finn found Roza in their barn and him and his brother, Sean, end up taking her in. People think that both Finn and Sean are in love with her, but that’s not really the case. Finn is definitely more interested in Petey, the daughter of a bee keeper. I liked Petey. I wish we had some of her perspective. She is able to figure out something about Finn that while interesting, didn’t seem necessary. I guess it sort of played a role later on though.

Overall it was alright. I liked most of the characters and the concept intrigued me, but the flow of everything just didn’t really work for me. There were so many elements and not everything really worked with each other. I will still try more by this author though!

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