Bone by Bone



In The Northern California Town Of Coventry, Two Teenage Brothers Go Into The Woods One Day, But Only One Comes Back No One Knows What Happened To The Younger Brother, Josh, Until Twenty Years Later, When The Older Brother, Oren, Now An Ex Investigator For The Army CID, Returns To Coventry For The First Time In Many Years His First Morning Back, He Hears A Thump On The Front Porch Lying In Front Of The Door Is A Human Jawbone, The Teeth Still Intact And It Is Not The First Such Object, His Father Tells Him Other Remains Have Been Left There As Well Josh Is Coming Home Bone By Bone Using All His Investigative Skills, Oren Sets Out To Solve The Mystery Of His Brother S Murder, But Coventry Is A Town Full Of Secrets And Secret Keepers The Housekeeper With The Fugitive Past, The Deputy With The Old Grudge, The Reclusive Ex Cop From LA The Woman With The Title Of Town Monster, And, Not Least Of All, Oren Himself But The Greatest Secret Of All Belonged To His Brother, And It Is Only By Unraveling It That Oren Can Begin To Discover The Truth That Has Haunted Them All For Twenty YearsBone by Bone

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  • Hardcover
  • 340 pages
  • Bone by Bone
  • Carol O'Connell
  • English
  • 01 February 2019
  • 0399155147

10 thoughts on “Bone by Bone

  1. says:

    BONE BY BONE Psy Mys Oren Hobbs No Calif Cont Ex O Connell, Carol StandalonePutnam, 2008, US Hardcover ISBN 9780399155147First Sentence A batty old man of the cloth had once described the Hobbs boy as a joke of god s an archangel of the warrior cast and a beacon for women with carnal intentions.Almost 20 years ago, 17 year old Oren Hobbs and his younger brother Josh, went into the woods Oren came home but Josh was never found Told that his father is dying by the housekeeper who has BONE BY BONE Psy Mys Oren Hobbs No Calif Cont Ex O Connell, Carol StandalonePutnam, 2008, US Hardcover ISBN 9780399155147First Sentence A batty old man of the cloth had once described the Hobbs boy as a joke of god s an archangel of the warrior cast and a beacon for women with carnal intentions.Almost 20 years ago, 17 year old Oren Hobbs and his younger brother Josh, went into the woods Oren came home but Josh was never found Told that his father is dying by the housekeeper who has been with the family since early childhood, Oren resigns his position as investigator for the Army s Criminal Investigation Division and returns home His father is fine but bones belonging to Josh are being left on the front porch, one at a time.O Connell didn t start her writing career until her 40s and after a career as a painter, proof reader and copy editor, skills which are apparent in her writing She knows how to hook the reader from the first sentence without a prologue or a single portent.I m delighted to add Her humor is slightly off center, which I appreciate It had been her mission to save him from literacy and send him outdoors in search of a life why does the town have so many loonies Tolerance To me, it is the since of a fine writer who can create an eccentric cast of characters but, without manipulation, justify each one The characters are fully developed but in an artist s way of creating layer upon layer until the full representations are clear The characters drive the story, and there are some wonderful characters But they also show how our foibles and the constraints we often put on ourselves by not saying things out loud can cause great damage to ourselves and to others The story is very well plotted This is not a fast paced, quick read, but one with intrigue and as intricate as the tango which occurs late in the story I don t think I ve ever seen blood drawn on a dance floor A hint of magic and mysticism only add to the feeling that should one find this town in a map, one would be wise to drive around it O Connell has such a deliciously subtle style that plays with your emotions and provides an ending that is both heartbreaking yet filled with promise

  2. says:

    Com uma escrita flu da, sem descri es longas e aborrecidas, sem pontos mortos e sempre muito apelativa torna se uma leitura agrad vel e sempre interessante A autora leva nos pela cidade de Coventry , recheada de personagens, os habitantes, que bem poderiam ser reais de t o normais que s o uma leitura em que se vai a uma velocidade calma, assim com os habitantes de Coventry conduzem pela cidade, mas cheia de mist rios que cada personagem tem os seus segredos, os seus lados obscurostodos Com uma escrita flu da, sem descri es longas e aborrecidas, sem pontos mortos e sempre muito apelativa torna se uma leitura agrad vel e sempre interessante A autora leva nos pela cidade de Coventry , recheada de personagens, os habitantes, que bem poderiam ser reais de t o normais que s o uma leitura em que se vai a uma velocidade calma, assim com os habitantes de Coventry conduzem pela cidade, mas cheia de mist rios que cada personagem tem os seus segredos, os seus lados obscurostodos t m o seus esqueltos no arm rio Um livro que nos prende at ao final

  3. says:

    I keep having this strange problem with sharks.See, sharks are kind of awesome, at least in the abstract It s really cool that they re these huge predators that swim around eating people and seals and generally being all badass and having movies made about them, but think about this the average adult female great white is 14 feet long Now, stop right there and take a moment with me You re what, six feet tall I m closer to five, and a Vanagon is seven feet long In other words, the average f I keep having this strange problem with sharks.See, sharks are kind of awesome, at least in the abstract It s really cool that they re these huge predators that swim around eating people and seals and generally being all badass and having movies made about them, but think about this the average adult female great white is 14 feet long Now, stop right there and take a moment with me You re what, six feet tall I m closer to five, and a Vanagon is seven feet long In other words, the average female great white is the length of two Vanagons Picture that.Picture a shark the size of two Vanagons, parked one after the other Picture it in your living room, taking up most of the space, filling it with deadly shark Just lying there, mouth open, waiting And realize you have to get past the jaws to make it to the bathroom Like, once you get past the romantic view of sharks, they re actually really terrifying.And it s exactly the same with this book.For the most part, it s a really enjoyable Twin Peaks style small town murder mystery, quirky and beautiful, but whenever you look up from reading it, you realize how horrible the actual story is and how foul all the characters deeds are Beautiful, funny, incredibly sad and ultimately terrifying The first night, I stayed up reading this book until my eyes no longer focused And all I could think were you little a holes Do you know how much I spend on you at the optometrist NOT to have crap like this happen Get it togetherBut alas, they were implacable And blurry Tonight I finished it And I can tell you no one makes it to the bathroom

  4. says:

    Although the start was interesting, and the core characters were likable, things changed The next group of characters were horrible and I lost interest in the book.

  5. says:

    Credo Nunca tinha lido nada desta autora e n o sei se voltarei a ler.Chateia me quando um livro come a bem, para, rapidamente, perceber que a hist ria n o est muito bem constru da.A verdade que n o percebi grande coisa do que se ia passando S mesmo no final que tudo faz sentido, mas n o parece ter muito a ver com tudo o que foi contado nas p ginas anteriores.Foi estranho ler este livro A sinopse parecia prometer muito mas o que foi entregue deixou um bocado a desejar.E ainda estou para Credo Nunca tinha lido nada desta autora e n o sei se voltarei a ler.Chateia me quando um livro come a bem, para, rapidamente, perceber que a hist ria n o est muito bem constru da.A verdade que n o percebi grande coisa do que se ia passando S mesmo no final que tudo faz sentido, mas n o parece ter muito a ver com tudo o que foi contado nas p ginas anteriores.Foi estranho ler este livro A sinopse parecia prometer muito mas o que foi entregue deixou um bocado a desejar.E ainda estou para perceber o que foi toda a bizarria da rela o do Oren e da Isabelle A mulher, que j deve andar pelos trinta e qualquer coisa anos, tenta matar o homem sempre que o v E o motivo Meu Deus Se eu tivesse instintos assassinos de cada v s que visse o primeiro rapaz de quem gostei e que me ignorou, mais valia internarem me imediatamente.Tamb m n o achei a explica o do crime por a al m de interessante e o motivo pareceu me de uma falta de originalidade atroz um livro de quase 400 p ginas, caramba A autora bem que podia ter se esfor ado mais.Enfim, mais um livro com potencial Que decep o

  6. says:

    I really like Carol O Connell s Mallory series of books enjoyed her other stand alone book, Judas Child, so I picked this one up with anticipation I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as her others This is a gothic confection of a tale about two brothers who go into the woods with only one returning what happens 20 years later when Oren, the surviving brother returns home to find that his missing brother is returning home bone by bone.The opening chapters and setup are grea I really like Carol O Connell s Mallory series of books enjoyed her other stand alone book, Judas Child, so I picked this one up with anticipation I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as her others This is a gothic confection of a tale about two brothers who go into the woods with only one returning what happens 20 years later when Oren, the surviving brother returns home to find that his missing brother is returning home bone by bone.The opening chapters and setup are great There are some wonderful eccentrics populating the small town of Coventry, CA where the action takes place There is one scene late in the book, depicting a dance between two characters who were once lovers that is breathtaking this small set of 3 4 paragraphs alone would be worth the read.There are some downsides The book is ultimatelyplot than character sharp departure from O Connell s other books In particular, O Connell seems too distanced from her central characters, Oren Josh, making them less interesting than somefleshed out minor characters which makes the impetus of the whole thing less interesting O Connell s writing and plotting seem much less precise here than in any of her other books The plot tends to wander about an awful lot in ways that seemcalculated than natural another difference between this and her other books.For all that, this is a fun read should tide Mallory fans over until the next one in that series

  7. says:

    Oren Hobbs returns home after years in the army He discovers his father is being terrorized by someone who is leaving human bones on the front porch of the family home As Oren s brother Josh had disappeared years earlier, Oren is convinced that these bones are Josh, finally returning home Oren quickly notices that the collected bones do not match, indicating that there isthan one skeleton out there O Connell creates some really creepy characters in the small town, all harboring a myria Oren Hobbs returns home after years in the army He discovers his father is being terrorized by someone who is leaving human bones on the front porch of the family home As Oren s brother Josh had disappeared years earlier, Oren is convinced that these bones are Josh, finally returning home Oren quickly notices that the collected bones do not match, indicating that there isthan one skeleton out there O Connell creates some really creepy characters in the small town, all harboring a myriad of secrets The town librarian Mavis is a formidable and scary personage, causing most of the townfolk to steer clear of the library all together Mysterious William Swahn never seems to leave his secluded house after winnign a law suit years earlier He also may have been involved in investigating the crime The town sheriff is quite inept, did he bungle the investigation years before Even Oren s housekeeper Hannah does not seem to have a past, but instead has just materialized from nowhere The book pulls you to an ending that is shocking and exciting, making this one a great summer read

  8. says:

    Almost 1 3 of the way through this just isn t working for me None of the characters or their motivations made any sense Maybe they would clear up eventually, but the wording feels forced too often It s as if he finds a favorite phrase which is a cylinder hammers it into a square hole It goes in, but it s not a great fit The narrator was pretty good most of the time, but when he tried to change character voices, some guys came out squeaking like Minnie Mouse Unpleasant I have t Almost 1 3 of the way through this just isn t working for me None of the characters or their motivations made any sense Maybe they would clear up eventually, but the wording feels forced too often It s as if he finds a favorite phrase which is a cylinder hammers it into a square hole It goes in, but it s not a great fit The narrator was pretty good most of the time, but when he tried to change character voices, some guys came out squeaking like Minnie Mouse Unpleasant I have too many other books that I want to listen to

  9. says:

    Il caso mi davvero piaciuto Non mi aspettavo tutti quei retroscena dietro il rituale Mi ha davvero impressionata e presa parecchio Poi l abilit e lo stile di Carol sempre impeccabile

  10. says:

    Josh and Oren Hobbs went into the woods one day when they were teenagers Oren came out Josh was never seen again.Oren, seventeen at the time, is sent to boarding school and then he enlisted in the Army for twenty years He was one of the most highly regarded CID officers in the Army Now he has resigned from the military and he has returned to Coventry, CA, his hometown, for the first time since the summer Josh disappeared.Raised by their widowed father, the real force in their lives was Hanna Josh and Oren Hobbs went into the woods one day when they were teenagers Oren came out Josh was never seen again.Oren, seventeen at the time, is sent to boarding school and then he enlisted in the Army for twenty years He was one of the most highly regarded CID officers in the Army Now he has resigned from the military and he has returned to Coventry, CA, his hometown, for the first time since the summer Josh disappeared.Raised by their widowed father, the real force in their lives was Hannah Rice, who was waiting on the porch when Judge Hobbs and his boys returned from the funeral of wife and mother, and never left Hannah has been sending Oren letters asking him to return to Coventry because his father is dying Oren comes home to find that his father isn t dying but is under extreme stress On his first night home, Oren hears a dog barking at 2 00 in the morning and then the slight thud of something small being left on the porch It is a jawbone, discolored by the soil of Coventry It has been buried for twenty years and Judge Hobbs knows it is the jawbone of his son.Oren is not prepared for the revelation that bones have been left on the front porch for quite awhile As the Judge says, Josh is coming home, bone by bone Hannah wants Oren s CID experience to be put to work for Josh It isn t just not knowing where he is buried How did a fifteen year old boy earn enough hatred to be murdered Who needed to have Josh dead Josh was a very talented photographer every business in town has framed photos of Josh s work Oren begins to wonder if Josh could have angered someone with his photos Might he have been involved in blackmail Twenty years after his death, Josh is causing problems , not just for his family, but for quite a few people in Coventry, a town full of secrets Sarah Winston, married to the most prominent and most expensive lawyer in town, lives in the turret of the house, drinking herself into oblivion, except when it is time for her birthday ball Mavis Hardy is the town librarian The town had shut down the library but Mavis has a key and she shows up everyday to open it but no one ever comes Mavis has a reputation for being crazy She also is known as the murderer whose case was dismissed as justifiable homicide Her son, Dave, is a deputy in the town and there is a long history of bad blood between the Hobbs brothers and Dave Hardy There is Evelyn, who twenty years ago, when she was in her forties, seduced Oren Hobbs She doesn t want to relive that part of her life so she is less than pleased to see Oren return William Swahn is a former police officer with the Los Angeles Department who was badly crippled after a beating Addison Winston is Swahn s lawyer and Oren can prove that Winston worked a scam without Swahn s knowledge.There are many people in Coventry who aren t happy about Oren s return And, still, there is the question who killed Josh Hobbs.Carol O Connell is best known for the Kathy Mallory series about a wild child adopted by a detective and his wife who then becomes a detective in the NYPD herself O Connell created very memorable characters in the nine books in that series The characters in BONE BY BONE are equally memorable while not all are likable.If anyone decides to read the Mallory series, it is important to start with the first book, MALLORY S ORACLE, and read the rest in order

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