Welcome back! I am late getting started today. I actually had a good nights sleep (first one in quite a while). It is Sweetest Day! Do something nice for your sweetie (if he/she loves books, give them a gift card to their favorite bookseller). In my case, I will give Doozy (my two year old St. Bernard/English Pointer mix) an extra bone.
The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks is the second Gwen Marcey Novel. Gwen Marcey lives with her daughter, Aynslee in Copper Creek, Montana. Gwen is a forensic artist. She also does paintings as well. Due to budget cuts (within city and county governments), Gwen is only getting jobs on an as-needed basis. Gwen is walking her dog, Winston. Winston brings her a skull full of bugs (and Gwen cannot stand bugs). Gwen immediately calls Sheriff Dave Moore. He asks Gwen to recreate the face from the skull. Gwen is hoping that Winston will lead her to the rest of the body. Instead he leads her to an injured woman in a nearby abandoned farmhouse. Gwen is shocked when she sees the poor girl because she could be a twin for her daughter, Aynslee.
Mattie Banks is the young victim who could be Anyslee’s twin. She is still alive, but she is unable to provide much information (still scared of killer). Then another victim is found and she also looks like Aynslee. Who is killing these young girls and why? Gwen sets out to find the killer and protect her daughter. I found The Bones Will Speak an intriguing mystery novel (I have only given you a brief synopsis). It is the first book I have read by Carrie Stuart Parks (and I will definitely read more of her novels). The mystery was medium level (despite the author’s attempt at making it more complicated). I was able to solve the mystery early in the book (it just seemed obvious to me). I found Gwen to be an interesting and strong character (I liked her quirky personality). I wish the book had dived a little more into the forensic artist aspect (maybe in the next novel). Please be aware that there is violence in the book (this is not like a cozy mystery), but there is no foul language. I give The Bones Will Speak 4 out of 5 stars. The Bones Will Speak can be enjoyed without having read the first book in the series (though I think you will want to read it). The first book in the series is A Cry From The Dust (which has gotten very good reviews).
I received a complimentary copy of The Bones Will Speak from BookLook Bloggers (HarperCollins Christian) in exchange for an honest review.
I hope all of you have a nice, relaxing and fun Saturday! I am currently reading Murder at the Courthouse by A.H. Gabhart. So many books and so little time to read them! Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader