Review: Bone Deep by Kim O’Brien

Review: Bone Deep by Kim O’BrienTitle: Bone Deep
Author: Kim O'Brien
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: May 19, 2015

four-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

When Paige Patterson travels to Arizona to spend the summer with her archeologist father, she expects answers. Why did her parents divorce? Why did her father choose his career over family? She doesn’t expect to be reunited with her best friend Emily Linton, a girl she has always admired and secretly wanted to emulate, or to find herself falling for the project manager’s son, Jalen Yazzi.

But the summer takes a terrible turn when Emily vanishes. As the police struggle for answers, Paige sets out to find the truth.

The search takes Paige from the Cliffside ruins of prehistoric Native Americans to the Navajo Nation to the horrifying possibility that the answer is much closer to home. Emily, it turns out, was not the only one good at hiding things.

Her father has no alibi for the night Emily disappeared. An intern with the motive insists he’s innocent. And Jalen has some secrets of his own.

Old bones might not be the only things buried in the ruins. As Paige digs deeper into Emily’s disappearance, she realizes that uncovering the truth may cost her everything—even her life. 

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Review: Bone Deep by Kim O’Brien

Bone Deep by Kim O’Brien is an epic thriller set in Arizona. This book is a whirlwind novel that is hard to put down. With its plucky protagonist and unique plot, readers will find themselves immersed in this mystery. This is definitely a book that will be read in one sitting by most.

Bone Deep is an amazing mystery about the disappearance of the main character, Paige’s, best friend, Emily. There are strange clues left behind that keep the characters on their toes. This book is filled with action, second-guesses and suspense as Paige searches for her friend and attempts to find the culprit. Kim O’Brien has created a thriller in Bone Deep that will keep the reader guessing until the final twist!

What makes this book so breathtaking is its beautiful setting. Bone Deep takes place in Arizona at the ruins of a Native American reserve. Kim O’Brien has depicted this exotic setting so well, that the creepy caves and tunnels seem to come to life for the reader. This setting creates the perfect backdrop for a mystery to unravel.

O’Brien has created the ultimate strong female character in this novel. Paige, the main character, is very strong willed, yet also compelling and slightly flawed. Throughout the story, Paige is determined to find out what happened to her friend, no matter how great the danger. She doesn’t give up, even when she is hurt and the cards are down. It is most likely Paige’s sarcasm that sees her through, as it definitely provides humour to the story and makes it very entertaining to read. Also, readers will feel empathy for Paige as she copes with her parents’ divorce and struggles with the disappearance of her best friend. She handles the events extremely well and perseveres. 

One really unique aspect to this novel is the way O’Brien educates readers about archaeology. Paige’s dad is an archaeologist and she is sent to spend the summer with him against her will. As Paige is dealing with other events in her life, she is also on an archaeological dig. Bones and pottery are found in the ruins that create an element of excitement and gives the readers a window to the world of ancient cultures.

If you enjoy books like Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver, you will definitely enjoy Bone Deep. Similarly, the two books tell the story of a missing girl and the characters’ journey to find her. Bone Deep also has many references to Native American legends that is very different and creative. This book goes by so quickly, but will leave the reader satisfied.

About Kim O'Brien

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Kim O’Brien grew up in an old Victorian house in Bronxville, NY. Her mother loved telling her bedtime stories, especially ones about the ghost in their attic. Kim not only believed the house was haunted but also fell in love with books and the art of storytelling.

At Emory University in Atlanta, Kim earned a B.A. in psychology. She then attained a M.F.A in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She worked for many years as a writer, editor, and speechwriter for IBM before becoming a full time fiction writer. She lives in Texas with her husband, daughters, and four-legged friend Daisy.

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