[Laura Noakes | Deputy Editor]
Bone Gap is one of those books that is so good it leaves you almost speechless. Not only does it have one of the most original and compelling plots I’ve ever read but lyrically, the Laura Ruby’s words are stunningly beautiful – almost poetry. Laura Ruby is spellbindingly adept at spinning this tale, creating enough mystery and intrigue to keep the reader constantly on their toes.
“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?” Synopsis from Goodreads
The characters are what makes this novel. Finn, our main character, is a multilayered teenage boy that actually sounds, feels and talks like a teenage boy. However, it’s the myriad of small-town citizens that really make the town of Bone Gap come alive and jump off the page. Ruby captures the quirks and oddities that are present in every small town, so much so that Bone Gap itself seems to become a character.
The other element of the book that I absolutely loved was the feminist angle Ruby took with Roza. Roza is not defined by her looks, but by her ability to save herself, a concept that many books seem to unfortunately lack. I adored the glimpse into Roza’s background – how she came to be the strong, independent, woman she is within the timeframe of the novel.
The magical realism aspect of the book is also expertly depicted. Ruby weaves a complex yet subtle element of fantasy into the novel. However, magical realism is not this story’s focus – the focus is on relationships, between brothers, friends and neighbours. This focus really makes Bone Gap stand out – this book is not defined by magic, magic just happens to be an element within it.
If you are a fan of beautifully written, haunting novels about secrets, magic and the mysteries of a small town, Bone Gap is the book for you.
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