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Sea of Bones

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This was quite a complex book, that I really enjoyed, though it deals with some tough subjects. Just a warning: this book deals with sexual abuse and if that’s a trigger for you, this may not be a great book  for you, though none of the scenes were overly graphic.

The book follows political Juliet, whose niece commits suicide at her remote beach house. But as Juliet thinks about things, she doesn’t really believe that Beth took her own life. And as she begins to learn more about Beth’s final days, she becomes even more convinced that something is happening. Her and her boyfriend begin to uncover the truth, but it comes at a high price to themselves and those around them.

While this book has a classic “I think there’s more to this thing that meets the eye!” Plot line, It has some nice elements that make it more complex and unique. For one, Juliet meets a rock band that Beth became close to in her final year and Juliet struggles to reconcile how they fit into things, when it seems Beth’s life was going so well - dating one of the members and designing their new album cover. There’s also Juliet’s struggle with her personal life, with her boyfriend Declan playing a prominent role in the book.

There was also a great “anything can happen” feeling in this book, with no character being safe from danger. It gave the book a bit of a Game of Thrones feel, which was nice because it makes things exciting: there’s no telling who might find themselves chased down by killer!

The ending was satisfying and I really liked the characters. I was really excited to see where they ended up and I think this story could certainly continue, if the author would gran thus a sequel! I’d absolutely pick it up!
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was gripping and atmospheric. Just the kind of thriller I wanted. The characters worked well and the plot was brilliant.
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This book is definitely not what it seems. It is surprisingly twisted and complex. I had no idea where it was going to take me but I definitely enjoyed the ride, 
I felt the characters were well developed and interesting enough that I had to keep reading. The relationships between the different characters were well thought out and well placed in the storyline. I can honestly say I didn’t know how the book was going to end until the last minute. Big fan of books like this!
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC for an honest review.
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Sea of Bones by Debra O'Donoghue is about Juliet, Duncan, and their friends and family as they come to realize that her nieces death had a lot more to it than a suicide.

This is a very dark novel, and deals with very dark material, but is well written and engaging. 

The mystery is intense and deals with a variety of very serious topics, and isn't suitable for a young audience, but for fans of Gone Girl or similar novels, this might be worth your time.

I did receive a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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I found this book a little confusing and difficult to get in to. It is a well crafted thriller, but it didn't quite work for me.
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Y'all this really did have me on the edge of my seat! Wooooo what a read! I will say at first I wasn't sure what to make of this book.. I honestly had to set it aside and start on another one but I hate leaving books unread!! So I came back to it and I am really glad I did! Winner!
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3 for neutral.  I’m a very moody reader and it just was too hard for me to really understand what was going on, making it impossible to finish,  Will update if able to read and enjoy at a later date.
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This debut novel is a slow burn psychological thriller. 
The plot is complex and has lots going on so you need to concentrate when reading it. 
This book has lots more depth than other books of this genre 
There are twists and turns throughout the story and the author doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. 
Great book
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Complex and dark thriller with lots of strands which need to be connected to solve the mystery. Interesting characters who gave moral dilemmas aplenty.
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A really good, well written, psychological thriller full of twists and turns, full of emotions, you feel like you are in the story.
Good from start to finish.   

Thank you to NetGalley and Legend Press for the ARC of this book.  This is my honest review.  All opinions are my own.
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This is the first novel by this author and I found it to be very well done.   It was a bit slow to get going but got better as it went along.  the Characters are well written and the world building good.
Janice is suffering a loss of her 22 year old niece. The family are told that she committed suicide but she just doesn't believe it so she goes back home and starts digging things up trying to find the truth.
Things progress from there with plenty of ups and downs.
Good suspense writing look forward to reading more from this author.
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What an amazing novel! The character development was incredible, the story line flowed seamlessly and I was captivated the whole time. Highly recommended!
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A psychological thriller that may be fantastic for some, but it simply was not for me. I tried very hard and while I found the concept intriguing I had a hard time getting into the story or connecting with the characters.  I encourage readers to give it a shot as it may be one their favorite stories
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Dramatic storytelling featuring sharp characters with a fabulous plot ! I highly recommend ! Thanks to Netgalley and Legend Press for the opportunity to read and review this book ! Opinions are solely mine alone ! #Netgalley #LegendPress #SeaOfBones
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I did not really care for this book. It's a slow burn for me and it was really hard for me to get into it. I know there are a lot out there that love that style of book and I would recommend it if you do!
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Great read. The author wrote a story that was interesting and moved at a pace that kept me engaged. The characters were easy to invest in.
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Sea of Bones, Deborah O'Donoghue's debut novel, is a slow-burn psychological thriller with a whole lot of intrigue and some great characters; for a debut, it certainly marks the beginning of the career of an author to watch. The plot is complex with lots going on and for that reason, you have to have your wits about you whilst reading, but as I enjoy a challenge this was a welcome surprise for me as opposed to off-putting. There is a lot more substance to this book than many other thrillers and the breadth and depth really kept me both interested and gripped from beginning to end. It's well written and plotted with a sophisticated subtlety rarely found in the genre today. 

The differing perspectives help make the story more rounded and the short chapters make it easy to read "just one more" before bed; both are executed in an adept fashion. There are a few well-placed twists throughout and the author doesn't shy away from exploring deeper real-world issues including topical societal and political problems. More precisely she touches on mental health, suicide, child sexual exploitation, loss and grief. One of my favourite parts, though, has to be the beautiful Scottish setting. The descriptions are vivid and evocative and added a unique atmosphere which I adored.

If you appreciate thrillers that keep you on your toes then I'm willing to bet you'll find much to love here. Many thanks to Legend Press for an ARC.
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I enjoyed reading this book from the first to the last page. A good premise well executed. Plenty of twists and turns to keep me interested. I would definitely recommend this novel and look forward to her next offering. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to review it.
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This novel is set between Inverness, Elgin and along the Moray coast. The author treats us to beautifully descriptive writing allowing us to visualise the Scottish coastline. We gain insight into what life is like in Inverness and Elgin in stark contrast to the characters main home in London. During our first introductions to Juliet (the main character) we someone who is struggling to come to terms with her nieces death. She is adamant that her niece wouldn’t commit suicide , not without talking to at least one member of her family. Everyone around her thinks she has become obsessive with her reasoning and she is slowly starting to question her own mental health. She is paranoid about it already, her twin sister has bipolar disorder and is aware of the statistics of twins being especially at risk.

Juliet is a wonderfully realistic character, she has strengths, weaknesses, personal quirks and flaws. This character is so different from others I have recently read, it was very refreshing. Juliet was in her 40’s and it was wonderful to have a more mature heroine, she had lived a successful life and had the benefit of life experience in tackling the event of her niece’s death.

I think the main influences in Juliet’s life were Beth, her niece and Fiona Goldman, her boss. She definetly became a better person when Beth came along and helped bring her up while her sister was ill with bipolar. Fiona spurs her on to be the best she can be in her career and has learned everything she knows from her. She was grounded and settled with both influences but now Beth’s dead and Fiona’s career is in tatters – can Juliet hold it all together?

In this heartbreaking story of loss and a woman’s journey from grief to uncovering a well buried secret. Juliet learns to be persistent, to follow your gut instinct and never giving up. When you feel something isn’t right it usually isn’t.

There were instances that the the story was very slow – probably up to around 60%. I struggled to get through it but after that point the story seemed to unfold more. The writing was good, with excellent eye to detail in her descriptions. For me personally, i didn’t think that the story connected very well between Beth’s death and the secret that was revealed towards the end. I found it a bit unrealistic, especially considering the location of the story and the nature of Beth.

I gave this 3 stars. It’s a decent read, just for me it didn’t work to it’s full potential. It was well written, I didn’t feel shocked at the twists and turns that the book provided.

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I liked this one a lot. It had a good plot and an atmospheric setting with enough twists and turns to keep you interested. 
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this book
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