During our road trip, I read Kathy Reich’s SPIDER BONES and Belinda Bauer’s BLACKLANDS. The former was disappointing, while the latter was quite interesting.
Perhaps I need to quit watching “Bones,” because I found SPIDER BONES grueling at times and admit to merely scanning through technical paragraphs. Temperance has her fingers in several different remains in this book, which is okay, but that just means that she has to insert more explanations to bring her colleagues and laymen up to speed. However, SPIDER BONES is not a speedy read. Murder, mayhem, false identities, body parts, rivalries, personal relationships, and shark attacks are woven into an intricate plot from Quebec to Viet Nam, North Carolina, Hawaii, and back again. It was not above my ken, but it was below my interest level. However, that will not stop me from reading the next novel coming up: FLASH AND BONES. Hope prevails.
BLACKLANDS is set in a small English village. The death of a young boy eighteen years earlier has affected the lives of his mother and sister and, consequently, his nephew, Steven. Because his grandmother is gruff and still waiting for her son to return home, Steven decides to dig up his dead uncle’s body on the moor by their home. He enlists the aid of the killer of six children by writing to him in prison without giving his name. Steven’s ultimate aim is to render peace in the house and earn affection and nurturing attention from his grandmother, as well as his mother. However, he inadvertently piques the dangerous interest of the imprisoned murderer. BLACKLANDS certainly piqued my interest; I found Bauer’s plot most intriguing.