Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction and media frenzy, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie is a recovering alcoholic with a deadend city job, just trying to survive out of the spotlight.
Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to discover how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on, and whether they’ve fared better than her. She’s been careful to keep her distance, until the day one of them is found murdered and she quickly becomes the prime suspect. Edie remembers nothing of the night of the death, and must get to the truth before the police—or the real killer—find her.
I love the way Kate Moretti writes – so absorbing and now familiar, always a great read and In Her Bones was no exception.
Edie is a fascinating character – a serial killer mother and an obsession with the victims, trying to live a normal life but getting sucked into the abnormal every day. When she falls under suspicion, having involved herself more than she should, she gets on the trail of another killer, this one hidden from view.
It was a clever and involving narrative, with a great atmospheric sense to it. Not only is Edie fascinating, but her Mother is also, seen through her eyes and memories. An underlying theme about mental health hits home, Kate Moretti exploring nature versus nurture and fleshing out her characters with a realistic tone that really involves the reader in their lives, their motivations and their challenges. I especially liked the relationship between Edie and Brandt, the officer who she first met when her Mother was caught and how that evolved over the course of the tale, a relationship forged in trauma and changing over time.
Add to that a really good mystery element- unpredictable and edgy, with a twisty sense of menace and you have a really intriguing and addictive read. I genuinely look forward to more from this author who is firmly on my must read list.
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