On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste.
What if the figure that haunted your nightmares as child, the myth of the man in the woods, was real?
He’ll slice your flesh.
Your bones he’ll keep.
Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find to the supposed home of The Bone Keeper. Only three returned.
Now, a woman is found wandering the streets of Liverpool, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the Bone Keeper. Investigating officer DC Louise Henderson must convince sceptical colleagues that this urban myth might be flesh and blood. But when a body is unearthed in the woodland the woman has fled from, the case takes on a much darker tone.
The disappeared have been found. And their killer is watching every move the police make.
The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste is one of the creepiest crime thrillers I’ve ever read. The story of the bone keeper is like a dark fairy tale, and the rhyme that people know, which is associated with him, will send shivers down your spine.
When police officers pick up a distressed young woman after being attacked, she insists that her attacker was ‘the bone keeper.’ This is a legendary figure which haunts the dreams of the locals who know the story very well. The police who are investigating the case take her claims, however, with a pinch of salt. How can it possibly be that a local legend is real? It must surely be someone taking advantage of the tale, mustn’t it?
Luca Veste is a writer who knows how to create atmosphere, and he knows how to pull the reader into the story. He creates a palpable sense of tension as we begin to learn more about what is going on here. I wanted to know what the real deal was here and who was behind the crimes taking place. I also wanted to find out more about the legend as well and what its origins were. I love a good crime thriller based around legend and folklore, and this book certainly fits that bill.
I really liked the detective investigating the crime, DC Louise Henderson, who certainly takes an interest in the tales of the legend. However, her colleagues are more sceptical, and they pretty much refuse to give it the time of day. But Louise knows that there is something more here than what first meets the eye. I would actually really like to see Louise return in a future book. She makes for such a fascinating character, and I would like to see what she does next.
This is a book that will keep you utterly gripped. Some of Luca Veste’s scenes were so, so chilling. It makes for a terrifying reading experience, so perhaps, I wouldn’t suggest reading this book before you’re about to go sleep. You’ll be jumping at every sound. But, I guarantee you will be hooked from the very first page. I didn’t want to put it down.
I’ve only read one other book by Luca Veste, but I’ll definitely be catching up on his previous books as soon as I can. I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it. It would definitely be the perfect read for Halloween.
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: 8th March 2018
Print length: 432 pages
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