My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Inherit the bones was a wonderful mystery about the secrets people keep and how far people will go to protect their family.
Because the mystery in this story spanned several generations there was, by necessity, a lot of backstory. This resulted in quite a few sections of recounting past events, but Littlejohn was able to real it in and return to the narrative before the story got too side-tracked.
There were a few holes that never got explained, like why Gemma and her partner stumbled around in a pitch black basement when they both had cell phones they could have used for light, or how the villain got into Gemma’s house, past her and her dog, wrote a message on the mirror, and left without notice. There was also some tense-shifting that was occasionally distracting, and I found it odd that people were referred to by their full names even after they’d been introduced several times, but these issues were not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the story.
The overall writing was clean and well-executed. The narrative was smooth, engaging, and easy to get lost in. There were some beautiful turns of phrase, powerful imagery, and lots of great details sprinkled throughout.
The characters were well-defined, each bringing something unique to the story. The protagonist, Gemma, was pregnant, and having been there myself it was easy to commiserate with her when long hours on her feet made her back ache and she packed away copious amounts of food to the incredulous looks of her co-workers. I think the cast will carry over nicely into a series.
The climax felt a little too easy, the bad guys coming clean with little to no prompting while Gemma mostly sits back and watches things unfold. The book ends with a nice callback to the beginning in which Gemma finally gets closure, which gives the reader that same feeling of having come full circle. At the same time, there is a sense of Gemma moving forward that is a good pull to draw readers into the next book.
Be sure to check back on Friday, when I will post an author interview with Emily Littlejohn!