Review of: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Bone Gap is the story of Roza, a beautiful girl who is taken from a quiet midwestern town and imprisoned by a mysterious man, and Finn, the only witness, who cannot forgive himself for being unable to identify her kidnapper. As we follow them through 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.
Genre: YA, fantasy, supernatural
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When I started reading Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, I honestly didn’t really know what it was about. I had run out of things to read and was searching for new things. The previous four books I read before Bone Gap bored me out of my mind. I stumbled upon a list on some website and Bone Gap was part of that list. After a brief search of my neighborhood library’s website, I found it was available and three days later went to pick it up.
I’m still between two minds as to whether I liked it or not. The story was intriguing and definitely held me to the very end but it left me with a sort of confused and unsatisfied feeling at the end. The story is told in a non-linear fashion, but you don’t realize that until you’re half way through a chapter and confused out of your mind. Then when you realize, this is a flashback, you’re forced to re-read the chapter so you can fully grasp what is actually happening NOW and what is something from the past.
I liked the hint of supernatural, but that’s all it was just a hint. Nothing substantial. Nothing that even made the slightest sense which is another reason I’m not 100% thrilled with the book. It left me wanting more. Wanting to know more about the characters, their realities, what was truth and what was fiction. While it can be a good thing, when the reader wants to know more in this instance, it is a bad thing. I feel as if half the story is missed or that I somehow missed something and need to go back to read it again because it can’t end like that.
Out of 5 stars, I would give it a 3.
But I definitely won’t be reading anything else by this author. This book left me feeling like half the story was missing. The author has great potential but there just wasn’t enough about the book that I liked at the end to make me want to read anything else by her. I do enjoy books that keep me guessing but this book didn’t answer any questions. The story kind of just ends right in the middle and the reader is left with no resolutions and too many loose ends. While its genre is listed as “fantasy, supernatural”, it is definitely more literary than supernatural, fantasy or anything else.
I hate to be so vague in a review but if I mention even the slightest thing, it’ll be a spoiler so I’m trying to not be too specific intentionally. But this book just wasn’t for me I guess.