Publication Date: Available Now from Titan
Source: Review Copy
“It was a secret burial. Maybe even murder…”
Archaeologist Sage Westfield has been called in to excavate a sixteenth-century well, and expects to find little more than soil and the odd piece of pottery. But the disturbing discovery of the bones of a woman and newborn baby make it clear that she has stumbled onto an historical crime scene, one that is interwoven with an unsettling local legend of witchcraft and unrequited love. Yet there is more to the case than a four-hundred-year-old mystery. The owners of a nearby cottage are convinced that it is haunted, and the local vicar is being plagued with abusive phone calls. Then a tragic death makes it all too clear that a modern murderer is at work…
A Baby’s Bones was an interesting historical and modern thriller mix, featuring archaeologist Sage Westfield, a highly engaging character with a genuinely intriguing job.
When she uncovers a baby’s bones during a routine excavation, it seems as if she might have discovered an historical murder. Meanwhile the owners of the house are unsettled in the cottage, believing it haunted and locally it seems like there may be a modern day villain in play…
I loved the back and forth of this one – Rebecca Alexander brings both modern day and the past to vivid, immersive light. The two tales tangle beautifully, it is often quite creepy and absolutely riveting. I did find the ancient mystery more compelling than the modern, one being more predictable than the other but overall the sense of both settings made the book for me and I’m interested to follow Sage through future books.
Something different and highly fascinating – definitely recommended.
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