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Thursday, September 13, 2018

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: In Her Bones by Kate Moretti @atriabooks @atriamysterybus @katemoretti1

In Her Bones
by Kate Moretti

So excited to be today's stop on the Blog Tour for Kate Moretti's In Her Bones.  
I'm a fan of Moretti's for sure - see my review for The Blackbird Season HERE.
Thanks so much to Atria Books for this review copy.

Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: September 4, 2018
Kindle Edition
320 Pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction, media frenzy, and the release of an unauthorized biography, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie Beckett is just trying to survive out of the spotlight. She’s a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job and an unhealthy codependent relationship with her brother. Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to see how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on. While her escalating fixation is a problem, she’s careful to keep her distance. That is, until she crosses a line and a man is found murdered. Edie quickly becomes the prime suspect—and while she can’t remember everything that happened the night of the murder, she’d surely remember killing someone. With the detective who arrested her mother hot on her trail, Edie goes into hiding. She’s must get to the truth of what happened that night before the police—or the real killer—find her. Unless, of course, she has more in common with her mother than she’s willing to admit…

Kate Moretti is the New York Times bestselling author of The Blackbird SeasonThe Vanishing YearThought I Knew You, and Binds That Tie. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and kids.

My Review:

"There's a ripple effect to violence, you know."

I've always wondered what it was like for the family and friends of killers in the aftermath.  They are constantly associated with an act they didn't even commit and sometimes even ostracized for it.  How do you move on from this association?  Especially if you're the daughter of a most notable female serial killer?  Does the apple fall far from the tree?  

I was pulled in straight from the prologue and was committed to the story.  I will say that it did run a bit slower as the book chugged along.  However, I've come to think of Moretti's writing style as suspenseful thriller rather than edge-of-your-seat and in that vein, she is absolutely fantastic.  Also, with this subject matter (which I find thoroughly fascinating), I couldn't help but enjoy this story from beginning to end.  Some things were predictable, while others were not.  As proven in The Blackbird Season, we get another suspensefully nuanced psychological thriller.  I did enjoy that this story was told mostly through Edie's eyes.  Her obsession, her protectiveness of herself, her family, her strife... and the one person who has been consistent in her life, Gil, the detective who arrested her mother and helped find Edie a place to thrive in life.  

I did enjoy the excerpts from the tell-all book about Lilith (Edie's mother) - I wish I could have the entire story to read.  The humanness Moretti brings to the other side of the serial killer - they're not always so bad - sometimes they're just normal people, trying to be normal but something in their chemistry just doesn't allow them to be.  Give them children and while the horrors may take front court in memories, those of her just being a mother are also in there.  How do you reconcile the two?

Perfect for those who like that slower suspense with a dash of mystery.


Advance Praise for IN HER BONES:

“Kate Moretti is incredibly talented! IN HER BONES is at once chilling and compelling, frightening and insightful—and truly madly deeply satisfying. You'll gasp at every twist, and turn these hauntingly sinister pages as fast as you can.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally bestselling author of Trust Me

“Sensational; a stunning psychological thriller that kept me riveted from the first page to the last. A dark and compelling exploration of what it's like to grow up with someone who just may be the worst mother in the world, Moretti's chilling and insightful novel answers the question: If your mother is a serial killer and you're obsessed with her victims, what does that make you?”
—Karen Dionne, internationally bestselling author of The Marsh King's Daughter

“Suspense at its best: A chilling voice, an unlikely heroine, a haunting story. IN HER BONES is Kate Moretti at the top of her game.”
—Jessica Strawser, author of Not That I Could Tell

“Kate Moretti’s IN HER BONES is a suspenseful, whirling spiral of mysteries within mysteries, plot twists you won’t see coming, and characters linked by deadly fates that stretch across the years. Moretti’s prose is crisp and masterful, her people rich and real. Don’t miss this haunting, wild thrill ride.”
—David Bell, author of Somebody’s Daughter

“We dove head-first into In Her Bones, its riveting twists and turns keeping us up well past our bedtime. Moretti has meticulously crafted this gripping mystery, which begs the question: Is it possible to escape our own fate? Another stellar contribution to the suspense genre.”

—Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of The Good Widow

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