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The Bones of You

A Richard and Judy Book Club Selection

3.69 based on 3315 ratings & 578 reviews on

16 July 15
601 mins
Charlie Sanderson, Jenny Funnell


A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.

The Bones of You is a gripping psychological thriller from author Debbie Howells; a story full of dark secrets, obsession and suspense.

I have a gardener's inherent belief in the natural order of things. Soft-petalled flowers that go to seed. The resolute passage of the seasons. Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer.

Children who don't die before their parents.

A community in shock

When eighteen-year-old Rosie Anderson disappears, the idyllic village where she lived will never be the same again. Local gardener Kate is struck with guilt. She'd come to know Rosie well, and thought she understood her - perhaps better even than Rosie's own mother.

A family torn apart

Rosie was beautiful, kind and gentle. She came from a loving family and she had her whole life ahead of her. Who could possibly want to harm her? And why?

A keeper of secrets

Kate is convinced the police are missing something. She's certain that someone in the village knows more than they're letting on. As the investigation deepens, so does Kate's obsession with solving the mystery of what happened to Rosie.

In the media

The Bones of You is a brilliantly twisty read that delves deep into the dark heart of the seemingly perfect family. Recommended
Tammy Cohen
I couldn't stop reading this from the moment I picked it up. An intelligent thriller which looks behind the perfect facade of village life to reveal the dark secrets within. Written with heart and real depth, and with some real hand-over-mouth moments - I was gasping in surprise in a cafe! This is going to be a huge hit, and deservedly so.
Rachael Lucas, author of Sealed With A Kiss and Coming Up Roses
An exceptional debut that announces a potential star of the future from a young florist in Sussex whose love for the natural world inhabits every paragraph of a story that focuses on the disappearance of a popular local 18-year-old, whom everyone in the idyllic rural community seemed to adore
A Daily Mail 2015 ‘Fall in Love this Christmas with a Good Book’ selection