Bone by Bone
Allen & Unwin Australia
Atlantic Books Ltd
How far would you go to protect your child? When her daughter is bullied, Laura makes a terrible mistake…
Laura loves her daughter more than anything in the world.
But nine-year-old daughter Autumn is being bullied. Laura feels helpless.
When Autumn fails to return home from school one day, Laura goes looking for her. She finds a crowd of older children taunting her little girl.
In the heat of the moment, Laura makes a terrible choice. A choice that will have devastating consequences for her and her daughter…
There are moments in this book that evoke so much tension, so much apprehension for the possibility of evilness to follow that I could hardly breathe! I had to take a break from this book.
First there is a well baited hook – the opening sentence begins: It wasn’t until the train went past that she saw the small body lying in the long grass by the side of the wood. From the very first sentence we are expecting the worst possible scenario. Then the element of bullying is added which plays a substantial role in the overall plot and forces the blood pressure up again and adds to the expectation of bad things to come. Further the reader is privileged to knowledge/behaviours/acts/suspicions (no spoilers here) that the protagonist doesn’t see at the time and the result – the tension is ratcheted up another notch.
Some fantastic writing to be found here.
A brilliant comment of bullying in society and a lesson here about bullying on social media and how violence often begets violence.
What would you do to protect your child?