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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?
Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presence, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
My Thoughts on Bone Gap:
I went into this book completely blind. I literally had no clue what it was about. I just knew that it had won some awards and it was a free audiobook so I thought I would give it a whirl. And I definitely think this is a good book to go into blind. Having no clue what it was about made me enjoy this book a lot more than I probably would have otherwise.
I was hooked. As soon as Roza disappeared I was hooked. I had to know where she went. I had to know where she had been taken. And I had to know who Fin had seen take her. The whole thing was one giant mystery. I listened to the book every chance I had because I had to know what was going to happen.
The man who kidnaps Roza was super creepy. Like the creepiest. He made me shudder. Which was another reason I was so glued to the pages. I had to keep listening because I had to know how they were going to defeat him. He seemed so powerful and sinister and I honestly wasn’t sure how Fin was ever going to find him, let alone beat him.
I also really loved the sibling relationship in the story. Fin and his brother Sean had a complicated relationship. They used to be close, but ever since Roza disappeared things have been tense. Sean is heartbroken, understandably, and he blames himself for her disappearance. He tells himself that she left because that’s easier than facing the truth.
Fin, on the other hand, blames himself immensely and thinks that Sean blames him as well. He’s racked with guilt the whole story. But what I loved about Fin is that he never gave up. Even when no one believed him. Even when they all laughed at him and told him that Roza probably just left because she was done with the town of Bone Gap. Fin knows what he saw and he refuses to abandon Roza. I loved his determination and drive. I loved that Fin could be different and was actually pretty comfortable with that, despite the criticism and the bullying he faces.
I also enjoyed the romance between Fin and Petey. I never fell in love with either of them, but the relationship was cute and endearing and I enjoyed reading about it.
For a while, Fin felt really young to me. At the beginning of the book, he sounded like a little kid to me so when the relationship with Petey was first introduced I was a bit taken aback. Once that relationship began to develop he sounded older and at that point I was able to connect with him much easier. But it took me a long time to warm up to him.
I wasn’t a fan of the magical realism. I would have preferred this as just a standard contemporary thriller. As soon as the magical realism aspect was introduced I was annoyed. And it isn’t introduced until the end. Since I had gone into this blind I thought this was just a contemporary. So maybe if I had known I would have reacted better, but to me, it felt very out of place.
The ending was also very anticlimactic. The author spends the whole book building up this villain, showing us how powerful and scary he is. But once we reached the climax, the moment when our heroes and villain would face off, it just ended. I felt a little cheated, to be honest. I thought there would be a lot more violence, bloodshed, and intensity. But it was just kind of over and then life returned to normal.
Bone Gap was an interesting read. I really enjoyed the first 75% of the book. It was only once the magical realism aspect was introduced that I was really thrown off. As far as the audio goes, it was very good. I really liked the narrator. He kept me entertained and read at a great pace. His voice for the villain was super creepy and perfect.
Although I didn’t seem to enjoy this quite as much as the rest of the world, it’s still a good story. There are a lot of lessons learned throughout that are important. Believing in yourself when no one else believes in you. Accepting yourself for who you are, regardless of what other people think. Putting the relationships in your life first because they are the most important. I recommend Bone Gap if you haven’t read it yet. It’s certainly an interesting and unique read that will hook you.
Have you read Bone Gap? What did you think of the magical realism aspect? Did Fin seem really young to you at first too?