on March 3, 2015
Genres: Young Adult
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 started out thinking Bone Gap by Laura Ruby was one thing but it ended up being a completely different thing. Completely different. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt by the turn of events but by the end of the book I was so drawn into the odd story that I honestly forgot that this wasn’t the book I thought I was starting.
Bone Gap starts off as a chilling small town mystery with Finn O’Sullivan at the helm. Finn isn’t your typical teenage boy. He has nicknames like Mooney and Space Cadet because of his dreamy personality. Finn was an easily likable character. He had his own ideals and quirks that made him stand out. There were many character that demanded your attention. Roza, in her horrifying situation. Priscilla with her fierceness. Sean with his disbelief and broken heart. This is one of those books you could read over and over and find new depth every single time.
I mentioned before that Bone Gap wasn’t really what I was expecting it to be. I was in no way expecting fantastical elements. When these started popping up I was a bit confused but I think the story has such a good flow that the out of the blue strangeness just works.
I listened to Bone Gap on audio. It’s narrated by Dan Bittner and he does an incredible job. He manages to capture everyone’s personality in their voice. With just a slight change he could turn the story to haunting and then back again. He is an amazing talent and I look forward to listening to more audiobooks featuring him.
This book was a thrilling treat. I was permanently on the edge of my seat. It’s an odd book about a small town with secrets. If you’re in the mood for something different pick Bone Gap by Laura Ruby up right away.