Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary (May 19, 2015)
Rating: 3 stars
When Paige Patterson travels to Arizona to spend the summer with her archaeologist father, she expects answers. Why did her parents divorce? Why did her father choose his career over family? She doesn’t expect to be reunited with her best friend Emily Linton, or to find herself falling for the project manager’s son, Jalen Yazzi.
But the summer takes a terrible turn when Emily vanishes. As the police struggle for answers, Paige sets out to find the truth.
The search takes Paige from the Cliffside ruins of prehistoric Native Americans to the Navajo Nation to the horrifying possibility that the answer is much closer to home. Emily, it turns out, was not the only one good at hiding things.
Her father has no alibi for the night Emily disappeared. An intern with the motive insists he’s innocent. And Jalen has some secrets of his own.
Old bones might not be the only things buried in the ruins. As Paige digs deeper into Emily’s disappearance, she realizes that uncovering the truth may cost her everything–even her life.
Bone Deep by Kim O’Brien was an interesting and fast read. Although I couldn’t related or build up interest for the characters I really enjoyed Kim O’Brien’s descriptive details. I honestly felt like I was on an archeology dig with the sun beating down on me as sweat and dirt stuck to my body. Also I enjoyed the Native American folklore and history that was used in the book. There were somethings that I didn’t know.
What I didn’t like about Bone Deep was that it was so predictable. Mysteries and I don’t really get along because I’m the type of person to figure out the mystery before the book even ends. That happens to be the case with Bone Deep. Without giving anything away I knew the reason for her friend Emily disappearance and why. I’m sure if you read between the lines you will too. The clues are peppered throughout the book.
Now while I don’t have a problem with multiple POVs I just felt it didn’t work for this book. Sometimes I felt disjointed when the point of view changed. The reason being is because Paige POV took 95% of the book so when Jalen or Emily’s came up it just took me out of the story. Each POV should have been distributed evenly or not at all. Just my opinion.
Another thing that was so-so was the romance between Jalen and Paige. Sorry just wasn’t buying it especially since these two barely spend time with each other. I think the romance element was thrown in just for the sake of it being YA.
I’ve said this time and time again—just because it’s YA doesn’t mean it needs to have romance.
Overall, Bone Deep is a decent YA mystery/thriller. It has some flaws and is fairly predictable but the author’s descriptive writing makes up for it. So if you’re looking for a fun fast read I recommend you pick up Bone Deep by Kim O’Brien.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kim O’Brien grew up in an old Victorian house in Bronxville, NY. Her mother loved telling her bedtime stories, especially ones about the ghost in their attic. Kim not only believed the house was haunted but also fell in love with books and the art of storytelling.
At Emory University in Atlanta, Kim earned a B.A. in psychology. She then attained a M.F.A in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She worked for many years as a writer, editor, and speechwriter for IBM before becoming a full-time fiction writer. She lives in Texas with her husband, daughters, and four-legged friend Daisy.
Kim is the author of eight inspirational romances and seven non-fiction children’s books.