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Title: Little Bones
Author: N.V. Peacock
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Format Read: Kindle
Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this ARC of Little Bones by N.V Peacock.
Plot Outline: I have three names: I was born Leigh-Ann. I became Cherrie. When I was a child, they called me Little Bones…
My father was Mr Bones – the notorious serial killer of 25 years ago.
As a child I witnessed his crimes.
Everything is different now. I have a new identity. I’m a mother. I am finally free.
Until that podcast. I should never have listened.
They’re linking a recent disappearance to the crimes of the past.
They know who I am. They’re calling me Little Bones again.
They say I’m a villain but I’m not. I’m a victim.
You believe me, don’t you?
My Review: The book starts with a Prologue showing the reader how ‘easy’ is was for a male serial killer to pick up a small boy, which as the book went on, threw me off the path of what was going on within the actual book. We find out not long into the book about a young boy, Thomas Doncaster, who disappeared outside a newsagent (ironically, it sounds like the same place that the young boy from the Prologue was taken from), and a local woman, Cherrie Forrester feels awful for their family. When Cherrie goes to work later that day, her best friend, Becky, persuades Cherrie to come along with some of their friends to a psychic reading. From the psychic reading, Cherrie was told by Mariah, that she will get hurt a total of three times, her son was in danger and that the shadows of her past will interrupt Cherrie’s present and future.
At this point in the book, I was convinced that the events that occurred in the Prologue were actually happening at that current moment, and that us, as readers, had been able to glimpse a view into the kidnapping of Thomas Doncaster. When looking at the bigger picture, the book is clever by leading you to believe that Leo (Cherrie’s boyfriend) has something to do with Thomas Doncaster disappearing, as he has also been sneaky by building something in the extension of their house. We also know, from this point in the book, that Cherrie has a past that she is hiding from everyone she knows, including her family.
As the disappearance of Thomas Doncaster gets longer, Cherrie stumbles upon a podcast which discusses the disappearance, but also mentions Mr Bones. Mr Bones is the serial killer who killed eleven boys in 1990, using his daughter, Leigh-Anne as bait to draw the boys into safety. It turned out, that Cherrie was the daughter. With the tension of the book rising, I was lead to wonder whether the press, police or local people would think that Cherrie had anything to do with the disappearance. If there was a copycat, no one would know how to copy her fathers murders, than Cherrie herself?
I was also still convinced that Leo was framing Cherrie for the murder/disappearance of Thomas Doncaster. Each bit of evidence was just making this case more stronger, especially when Robin, Cherrie’s son went missing when they were out at the fair together. Leo instantly blamed Cherrie for losing her son, and thought it was her fault because he found out, like everyone else did, about Mr Bones being her father. When the police wanted to search the house, Leo kept the door to the extension locked, and would only let the police look into the room from the doorway …. it’s suspicious.
Towards the end, it became clear that Thomas Doncaster was actually killed by his brother, Harry, as he was jealous about his brother having new trainers; the scene from the Prologue was from Mr Bones kidnapping on of the boys he murdered; Robin had been kidnapped by Mariah, who did the psychic reading at the beginning of the book; and Cherrie’s life went back to normal and she found out she was expecting a baby girl.
Overall, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with the way that the book turned out. It was obvious that the plot was leading the reader to believe that Leo was the kidnapper/murderer, but the characters frustrated me an awful lot. The plot was building really well until around the middle. There were parts in the book, that I did find disturbing, which lead to a sleepless night, so please be aware of that before you read this book.
About The Author:
N V Peacock also writes as Nicky Peacock.
Nicky lives in lovely Northamptonshire, She has spent over 20 years in sales and writes in her spare time. Nine years ago she discovered the anthology market, and it wasn’t long before her first short story was published. With over 30 stories in horror, thriller and paranormal anthologies for publishers all over the world, including stories in the Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper and a Women in Horror Anthology, she’s no stranger to the dark side. After writing 5 YA supernatural novels, she turned her hand to an adult thriller.
Nicky has a degree in creative writing and runs a local writers’ group. With 20 members, it’s grown into a wonderful place for novice and established writers to gather and share thoughts, discuss their work and above all motivate them to keep writing. While running the group, Nicky has found that spending time with like-minded people, who enjoy writing as much as she does, is crucial to maintain the motivation and devotion that writing needs.
About her writing, Nicky says, ‘Entertaining readers is the best feeling in the world. Times are tough at the moment, so to be able to transport readers into someone else’s life and take them on a twisty journey makes all the time and effort I put into my books worthwhile.’
Nicky appreciates every review she receives and thanks all her readers in advance for taking the time to put fingers to keyboard and share their thoughts with other readers.
You can follow Nicky on her website.
Happy Reading, x