Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?
Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
I adore this book. I got so swept up in it that I felt like I needed to solve the mystery to survive.
When I read the synopsis I got a very rural-magical Gone Girl sort of vibe, and I was so into it! Plus it’s set in Illinois, and anything set in my boring midwest state is a must read because that means at least in a fictional world I can pretend like things happen here.
The constant shift between POV is the best. I love a book that does that, it’s one of my favorite things, and Laura Ruby does it flawlessly. We get story progression mainly from Finn and Roza, but also a lot of back story from them and other characters.
Without getting spoilery, because I really want everyone to read this and watch the mystery unfold right before their very eyes, the reason Finn can’t remember Roza’s supposed kidnapper’s face is such an intense twist that I never saw coming. But it was so so so good.
The magical elements in Bone Gap aren’t overpowering to the point where you could call this book a fantasy. They are so subtle and well worked into this seemingly normal town that to me it almost feels natural that there’s cracks in the world that will take you to another place and time.
I gave Bone Gap 5 stars because it’s one of the funnest YA mysteries I’ve ever read with a delicious plot twist that had me gasping up a storm. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a little magic with their contemporary, but if you’re already wary of cornfields maybe this isn’t the book for you 😉