“Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?“
“Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.“
–Summary adapted from goodreads–
Wow. This was an interesting read. Very different from what i had imagined it to be. I had expected this to take place in a mysterious lush fantasy world but rather it actually takes place in the real world which i was totally not expecting! Nevertheless the premise is set up beautifully. The mysterious , tiny town of Bone Gap has many magically elements hidden within it which i really enjoyed reading about.
We follow Finn and Sean, two brothers, who live with the beautiful Roza. When Roza is found to be missing one day, the whole town assumes that she left willingly. But Finn, who witnessed Roza’s kidnapping , sets off to find her. The story is mainly told from Finn and Roza’s perspectives along with few chapters from the townsfolk .The storyline was fantastic. I found myself getting lost in the beginning but by the end, I absolutely could not peel my eyes away from the pages. There are flashbacks scattered throughout the book which makes the plot even more intricate and gives it an additional depth. Laura Ruby’s way of writing is just so entrancing like wowww.
This is definitely a character driven book so lets talk about the characters. Finn is this dreamy, out of the world, kinda guy who is out of touch with reality. I liked his character. He feels like he is responsible for Roza’s disappearance and it’s up to him to make things right. He obviously does look up to his brother is very keen on pleasing him and I loved how natural his character was. Next up is Roza. Arghhhh i LOVED Roza so much. The sections of this book dealing with Roza’s kidnapping are genuinely heartbreaking and her flashbacks and trauma were just so soo sad to read about. Definitely my favourite character from the book. We also have Sean, Finn’s brother ,who we don’t really get much of a view from so I don’t know how I exactly feel about him. And then we have Petey. Petey is a tomboy and the whole town regards her as an ugly girl. But she doesn’t really care and is such a strong and resilient character. I loved seeing her and Finn’s relationship grow- they were just perfect for each other. I really wish we had gotten more chapters from her point of view.
Laura Ruby just has a way with words. Even though it took me a while to warm up to the writing style I eventually ended up loving it. The descriptions are crafted so magically and the world building for this standalone was brilliant. It’s fluid and whimsically and helps to make the book into what it truly is.
My one problem with the book is the pacing. It was ridiculously slow in the beginning and i was waiting for the action to come. I was even considering putting this one down for a while but I’m really glad I kept going.
Overall Bone Gap was a fantastically chaotic read, although not for everyone, it’s for sure worth giving a read.
soo that’s it for this post, thanks for reading!
5 thoughts on “BONE GAP by Laura Ruby- Book Review”
I’ve been wanting to read this for a while , I am definitely going to pick this up now after reading your review!
It’s a great book! Hope you enjoy it!
HDASGHDSAGHEDS THIS SOUNDS SO SO GOOD?????? I. NEED. PLEASE. the synopsis sounds like PERFECTION + gorgeous writing (I AM ALWAYS HERE) and magical realism ahhhhhhh! I LOVE YOUR REVIEW