Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

by:  Julie Cantrell
published by:  Thomas Nelson
publish date:  January 26, 2016

In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.

Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks in depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.

I kinda started this book with the attitude that this was going to be another Katrina story.  Perhaps, I shouldn't have let that cloud my judgement because I kept waiting for the book to be all about Katrina and it never was really.  Yeah, it does happen, but fortunately it doesn't take over the rest of the story.

The story is about the kidnapping of Sarah.  Amanda is chaperoning a school field trip with her daughter, Ellie, and her best friend Sarah.  When it starts to rain there is a mad dash for the bus and they realize Sarah didn't make it on to the bus.  She disappears without a trace.    Months go by with no sign of her.   Amanda's life is falling apart.  Her daughter is falling into a deep depression over the loss of her best friend and the guilt that she feels as the last person to see her.  Her husband has left her for a much younger woman.  What they don't know is that Sarah is out there alive and waiting for someone to find her.

This book was pretty rough.  Emotionally, it was hard core.  I think I cried through about the quarter of the book.  It's about human trafficking so there's aspect too, but it's not really graphic.  It's just sad for that poor girl.  It was a good story and it was very well written.  I would recommend this book, with the warning that it is gut wrenching.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This sounds really good and I am especially drawn to the New Orleans setting.