Reviewed: “Bone Deep” by Sandra Ireland

I have problems with this book. I am disturbed by this book… and not in the “this is a thrilling psychological mystery with lots of twists and turns!” sort of disturbing. It was just… not right.

The premise was cheating, adultery, and coveting that which is not yours.

Oh, and murder. Lots of murder. And there’s an old mill that was abandoned because mills that can turn grain into flour can also turn bones into dust… just saying.

If you want a book with an unreliable narrator, I’m pretty sure this book has two.

If you want a book in which women are kind of awful to each other, this book is your thing.

If you want a book where you keep going “wait? what? how does that work?,” get this book.

I do give this book two stars because it was good enough to read to the end. I just… I have problems with this book.

(I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and Gallery Books in exchange for an honest and original review. All thoughts are my own.)

11 thoughts on “Reviewed: “Bone Deep” by Sandra Ireland”

  1. Is it terrible that your 2 star review actually made me want to read this book more than I had before? I kind of love characters that are completely morally messed up and unreliable narrators are totally my thing. I wasn’t very excited for this one and I’ve actually had a copy for a long time, but your review made me want to read it more than any positive review did, which is funny!

    1. Oh not at all! That actually makes me really happy! I never want my low star reviews to chase people away from books, the stars are simply how I saw it. If I can say something in a low star review that makes somebody want to read it, maybe I’m better at this whole review thing than I thought I was! I hope you read it and, even if you don’t love it, don’t regret the time spent!

      1. Haha well the things that you didn’t seem to like are all things that I would probably love. You are good at reviewing! It’s all about conveying your feelings and just being honest. I don’t ever regret time spent reading a book even if I don’t like the book. I wind up always taking something out of it.

      2. Thank you very much for your kind words on my reviewing! My go-to genre really is historical fiction. There really aren’t many historical fiction books I don’t like. I’ll try just about anything, but some genres (like mysteries and thrillers especially) can be awfully hit or miss.

      3. I agree, mysteries and thrillers can really be hit or miss. I don’t really read much historical fiction anymore, but I am really a mood reader and I go through phases. Right now I’ve been in a fantasy phase for about 4 months.

      4. Oh, I find fantasy so intimidating! I’m almost afraid to start! I got recommendations for City of Brass and The Bear and the Nightingale, and to stay away from the big name people like Sanderson and Rothfuss, at least at first. I don’t know though! Do you have any recommendations? Something to ease me in?

      5. Oh jeeze, I love giving book recommendations, so be prepared for a list. Personally I love amazing world building, but if you’re new to fantasy that can be super intimidating, so even though I love Sanderson, I wouldn’t recommend his books for someone new to fantasy.

        To ease in I would probably recommend something lighter than City of Brass of The Bear and the Nightingale to be honest. Probably something that doesn’t have super intricate world building or something that is faster paced. Maybe urban fantasy (set on Earth) rather than high fantasy (set in another world). Paranormal books might be a good place to start too.

        So as far as light YA high fantasy, I would recommend Rule by Ellen Goodlett. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is also a faster paced high fantasy that you might love. Personally I loved Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, but it does have a lot of world building, but if you love beautiful prose I would highly recommend it. Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson and The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski are both high fantasy, but YA and easy fun reads.

        Daughter of Smoke and Bone is technically an urban fantasy and is written by the same author who wrote Strange the Dreamer (Laini Taylor) so once again you get beautiful prose, but much lighter world building in this one. I also loved The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey is set in this world and is a fast really cool read.

        If you like fairy tales I would recommend The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine (Cinderella retelling) or Pricked by Scott Mooney (set in fairy tale world).

        For more paranormal reads I would recommend Hex Hall or Rebel Belle, both of which are written by Rachel Hawkins. Her books are my go to when I’m looking for something light but also really entertaining. If you like a darker side of paranormal, I would recommend Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tulcholke.

        So it all really depends on your preferences, because there are lots of sub genres and fantasy books can range from super intricate epic fantasies set in different worlds to magical realism, where magic feels very realistic.

        Actually, since you like historical fiction I should probably recommend a few titles that blend history and fantasy. There is Fawkes and Romanov by Nadine Brandes, and then a book that I just read which was BEAUTIFUL and set in the early 1900’s it’s called The Ten Thousand Doors of January and it’s fantasy, but more like magical realism where it feels entirely possible and is set in this world.

      6. Book recommendations in the form of lists are my favorite! I love that you were so thoughtful to include ones that blend history and fantasy! I’m liking what you’re saying about urban fantasy and paranormal. I’ve read almost all of the Cassandra Clare books and they have taught me that fairy stuff is beyond my comprehension so I do know that I’m skipping The Cruel Prince. I follow Mary E Pearson on instagram, for reasons I don’t remember, so maybe I should try her book! Anyway, I could ramble a lot more but I’m just going to go look up these books!

        If you ever need a historical fiction recommendation (or a dozen!), let me know! I will say that the best book I have ever read, my favorite book of all time, the book I have re-read more than any other is A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell. It’s World War II, Italy, follows a teenage Jewish girl, a 40-something Italian Jew who pretends to be a Nazi, a Catholic priest, and just himself (one of the best characters I’ve ever encountered), and is just so incredible that I’m afraid to read anything else by the same author because it might not be as good!

      7. I love giving book recs! It’s like finally all of my reading is of use to someone! (I mean I guess that’s kind of what a blogger is being about, but it feels more personal when you give or get specific recs like this.)

        Mary E Pearson’s books are great! I haven’t read her latest series, but the sequel to Kiss of Deception is on my Top 5 list for sequels that I want to read. I really want to get back to that series ASAP. I loved the first book. I hope that when you look them up some of them sound good to you!!

        I totally go through phases when reading. Last summer I read nothing but mysteries and thrillers and for the past four months it has been fantasy. I have gone through phases with contemporary, historical fiction and sci fi too. I will look up A Thread of Grace because that sounds like super high praise and also like something that I might really like! I love reading historical fiction about kings and queens and world war two. Also I am obsessed with 1920’s bootlegging and gangsters, but have yet to read many books that capture the time period the way I really want them to.

      8. Yes! Exactly! I always figure my star ratings and all that… a true 5 star book is one that I will recommend to anyone and everyone who accidentally asks me something remotely related to books. And I did get one of my aunts, my sister, my mother, and an internet friend I’ve never met in person to read “A Thread of Grace” so I did my job!

        The only historical fiction I’m sometimes wary of is fiction based on real people, especially people I know about because I love history so much. I’m very judgmental about history being handled accurately, haha!

        I also want more 1920s fiction! And I can’t find it! I watched the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series on Netflix and absolutely loved the 1920s aspect of so I tried the book series it’s based on and… the show is better, by far. I’ve heard about a fantasy/historical fiction 1920s series by someone named Lara Elena Donnelly and the first book is called Amberlough and I’m thinking of trying that. Have you read it?

      9. I haven’t heard of it but I will look it up. There is a show coming out that is a kind of historical fantasy. It’s called Carnival Row and it will be coming to Amazon Prime on August 31st. It looks really good to me.

        I also hate when history is handled inaccurately. But if it’s not handled inaccurately I feel like it’s too boring, because real life isn’t always super interesting.

        I just feel like there isn’t enough interesting 1920’s fiction. I want bootlegging, speak easies and gangsters. You can throw a fantasy twist in too, I’m good with that. I did hear that The Diviners is set in the 1920’s and has a paranormal aspect. I also love southern gothic fantasies. But I guess they’re not always historical.

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