The Bones of You by Debbie Howells. Recommended by Fiona (Reader Development Team and Whitefield Library)
When 18-year-old Rosie Anderson disappears, the idyllic village where she lived will never be the same again. Local gardener Kate is struck with guilt. She’d come to know Rosie well, and thought she understood her – perhaps better even than Rosie’s own mother. Rosie was beautiful, kind and gentle. She came from a loving family and she had her whole life ahead of her. Who could possibly want to harm her? And why? Kate is convinced the police are missing something. She’s certain that someone in the village knows more than they’re letting on. As the investigation deepens, so does Kate’s obsession with with solving the mystery of what happened to Rosie.
“As secrets are revealed and lives unravel, it is soon clear that our impressions of people and their lives can often be misleading. Rosie’s voice is one of the narrators of this novel, and her peculiar detachment to the present and past events she shares reminded me strongly of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Without giving anything away, however, you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out just how similar the novels are.
This is a shocking dissection of family relationships, past traumas and distorted expectations, quite beautifully written with plenty of misdirection. You really won’t see what’s coming!” Fiona.