Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Publication Date: March 15, 2015

Bone Gap is likely to be a novel that divides readers. I expect a reader to either love or hate the novel. I can safely say I haven’t read a novel like Bone Gap before. Half of the time, I felt like I was reading a contemporary while during the other half, I felt like I was reading a YA fantasy.

Bone Gap is a character driven book and I did enjoy the unforgettable citizens of the small town. Finn was a wonderful narrator and I loved how the author was able to beautifully express how Finn sees the world differently than most people. His romance with beekeeper Petey was sweet and earnest and I hoped that despite their issues, they would end up together.

The secondary characters were wonderful as well. I liked that the story was told in multiple points of view and how each point of view added something different to the story. I never grew bored while reading, so I thought the pacing was well done.

The plot was confusing and a lot of times I had to put the book down and try to wrap my brain around what I exactly just read. I finished the book last week and I’m still not clear over what the heck happened during the climax. I almost wish the novel had either been written as a contemporary mystery or a YA fantasy, not containing elements of both.

Overall, my love of Finn and Petey kept me reading. I was invested in their relationship more so than the resolution of Roza’s disappearance. The novel did end on a positive note and I appreciated the author not leaving the conclusion open-ended.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!


  1. I am intrigued. Sometimes I good character driven novel is exactly what I am in the mood for. It also makes me happy to hear that the novel isn't open-ended. It's not that I hate books that have open-ended endings, but I prefer ones that don't.

  2. The characterization sounds memorable and really well written

  3. I adore stand-alone novels. Sometimes, I get so busy I don't have time to read another book in a series or I forget I was reading the series at all until someone pops out and says, "Hey, check out this great novel I read! It's part of blah, blah series." Then I'm left waiting for installment three. Sounds like a different kind of novel; probably something I'd love. Because I'm totally weird like that :) Great review. Thanks for sharing! WRITE ON!