Thursday, 19 February 2015

Katherine Hayton - Skeletal

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Stacey

Three months before she died Daina Harrow faced a bully at school.
Six weeks before she died Daina Harrow suffered an assault in the park.
One week before she died Daina Harrow stole a secret people had killed to hide.

That was ten years ago. Ten long years.

Now, her bones have been found on a building site. A coroner's inquest has been reopened. A parade of witnesses is about to start.
And Daina's here. Watching every day as her mother cries in the courtroom. Watching every day as her friends, and her enemies, and her killers lie about her on the stand.
Watching, and making sure that no matter what the coroner hears, you know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

So help you God. 

One of my favourite genres to read is crime/mystery so when I read the blurb for this book I was eager to read it. I was especially intrigued because the story is told by the dead person - the victim, Daina.
The story begins where a skeleton has been discovered in the foundations of a house; the skeleton belongs to Daina Harrow, and now the previous inquest into her death has been reopened. This time she hopes they uncover the truth, once and for all. Daina - or her ghost - is the first person we meet which had me drawn into the story straight away.
The story flashes between the past and the present but not so often that you get confused, like with other books; it's all in just the right places. For example when something is said in the courtroom, it flashes back to that actual moment in time from the past. 
As well as seeing what happened 10 years ago before Daina's death, at points we see events from 20 years ago which in finality led to her death but the story is written in such a way that I didn't figure this out until near the end - I was hanging on to a different outcome.
"I'll take you through what happened to me while she was still waiting to notice. Waiting to notice I was gone. Waiting to notice I was in trouble. Waiting to notice I was dead."
Daina had other issues which flow within the story - being bullied at a new school, her mum being an alcoholic and not having much time for her, living in poverty, rape. They all tie in perfectly with each other.
It kept me hanging on throughout and I ended up reading this book much quicker than I usually tend to do. It is a definite page turner, a highly recommended read.
You can keep up with Katherine and news about her books on her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.
Get your copy of Skeletal here (UK) or here (US).
I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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