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In Her Bones: A Novel

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“A higher level than the standard thriller. Readers will enjoy this book for the suspense…[and] love it for the skill and mastery Moretti has for her craft.” —New York Journal of Books

“Morbid…Moretti pulls some tricky tricks.” —The New York Times

New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti’s next “exceptional…emotionally astute, [and] deliciously sinister” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) thriller follows the daughter of a convicted serial killer who finds herself at the center of a murder investigation.

Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction, media frenzy, and the release of an unauthorized biography, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie Beckett is just trying to survive out of the spotlight. She’s a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job and an unhealthy codependent relationship with her brother.

Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to see how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on. While her escalating fixation is a problem, she’s careful to keep her distance. That is, until she crosses a line and a man is found murdered.

Edie quickly becomes the prime suspect—and while she can’t remember everything that happened the night of the murder, she’d surely remember killing someone. With the detective who arrested her mother hot on her trail, Edie goes into hiding. She’s must get to the truth of what happened that night before the police—or the real killer—find her.

Unless, of course, she has more in common with her mother than she’s willing to admit…

Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware, In Her Bones features Moretti’s “riveting and insightful” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author) prose and “chillingly satisfying” (Publishers Weekly) twists, and will leave you questioning the nature of guilt, obsession, and the toxicity of familial ties.

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This is a twisted tale of mental illness, sexual abuse, murder and broken families. When we meet Edie, we learn her mother is in prison after being convicted of a number of murders. Edie, fearing evil is passed on, lives a life in fear of her "potential" by self-medicating and avoiding all personal relationships, except for the too-close relationship she has with her older brother. When a one-night stand ends up dead, Edie, the obvious suspect, seeks to find the real killer. Complicating the matter is the fact that the dead man's wife was one of her mother's alleged victims. There are many twists in this tale that makes it very entertaining.
My Review of “In Her Bones ” by Kate Moretti Atria Books, September 4, 2018WOW! I loved the unique premise in “In Her Bones” by Author Kate Moretti. Can you imagine having a serial killer as a mother? Someone capable of nursing you when you are sick, but can stab women to death in cold-hearted murder? Add in a dysfunctional brother, who is constantly in your life. What about being obsessed with the families of the deceased and keeping detailed journals?? I read this novel in one sitting. “In Her Bones” is a captivating, intense, dark, twisted, riveting, page turning novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Thriller, Mystery and Suspense. The story takes place in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her dysfunctional cast of characters as complex and complicated. Given the circumstances, that seems to be an understatement. I imagine that Freud would have a field day with this information.Edie Beckett tries to stay out of the spotlight, and even tries to stay sober. Someone has written a book about her mother’s brutal murdering sprees, and Edie can’t help be obsessed to see what is going on to those families who are the survivors. As fate steps in, Edie crosses the line, and gets drunk after socializing with one of the victims. Edie finds out he is dead, and she is confident that she didn’t kill him. Or did she? Is she her mother’s daughter? Edie runs to survive, and try to make sense of what happened and find out who the killer is.I would recommend this book to readers that love a suspenseful , intense and roller coaster of a ride. I received a copy from NetGalley for my honest review.
This is such a fascinating book! The charactors are flawed but real. How do you manage to stay sane when your mother is on death row for serial murder? How do you survive such a childhood? This is a fast, wonderful read. Strongly recommended reading.
Creative, different, insightful, spare where it needs to be. Kept my interest all the way through. I was rooting for Edie the entire time. Bravo!