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 presents, 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.
I really enjoyed this, more than I thought I would. It takes a while to get going, but it’s a lovely slow meander, a little like pouring the honey in the story. The characters are wonderful too, slightly odd and even more human for it. In particular Finn’s frustrations and fascinations come through very well, and my heart absolutely broke for him at one point. Just lovely. Well worth a read.
I also loved the slow move from a recognisable reality, albeit a sightly strange one sometimes, to a more fantastical life.
This was also my first attendance at the online book box club author chat. Laura was lovely and the girls in the group were friendly, wonderful and so smart – I was (and am every month) at the insights they have into the books we read!