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Review: The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste (2018)

Luca Veste – The Bone Keeper

Paperback: 432 pages (8 March 2018)

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

ISBN: 978- 1471141411 (PB)

The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste (2018)
The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste (2018)

This is a standalone by Luca Veste who is best known for his series of novels featuring DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi.

 

20 years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods seeking to find to the supposed home of The Bone Keeper. Only three of them returned.

Now, a horrifically injured woman is found wandering the streets of Liverpool claiming to have fled the Bone Keeper.  DC Louise Henderson must convince sceptical colleagues that this urban myth might be flesh and blood.  When a body is unearthed in the woodland the woman has fled from the case takes on a much darker tone.

The disappeared have been found. And their killer is watching every move the police make.

 

This is a mix of the horror and the crime novel which will grip you throughout.

Like many of his books this is not at all cozy being quite dark at points but it will make you think and make you keep turning the page.

My copy was provided by the publishers via Netgalley.

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Review: Luca Veste – Then She Was Gone

Luca Veste – Then She Was Gone

Luca Veste – Then She Was Gone
Luca Veste – Then She Was Gone

Paperback: 448 pages (December 2016)

Kindle: 3043Kb (July 2016)

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

ISBN: 978-1471141393 (PB)

This is the 5th novel by Luca Veste featuring DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi.

Murphy and Rossi are investigating the disappearance of a politician who was on course to be elected as one of the youngest MPs in Westminster.

A year earlier, Tim Johnson has taken his baby daughter out for a walk – she never made it home. Johnson claims he was assaulted and the girl was snatched. The police see a different crime, with Johnson their only suspect.

Detectives Murphy and Rossi are tasked with discovering what has happened to the popular politician – and in doing so, they unearth a trail that stretches into the past linking both cases. There is a past crime that someone is hell-bent on avenging.

 

This is a tight well written novel with strong well drawn characters which grabs your attention and keeps you turning the page (or clicking the Kindle).

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Review: Luca Veste – The Dying Place

Luca Veste – The Dying Place

Paperback: 408 pages (December 2014); Kindle: 1528Kb (October 2014)

Publisher: Avon

ISBN: 978-0007525584 (PB) , 978-1-61695-401-7 (E-book)

 

Cover of Luca Veste - The Dying Place
Cover of Luca Veste – The Dying Place

This is the 2nd novel by Luca Veste featuring DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi.

DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi make a grisly discovery in front of a church in Liverpool of the body of a teenage boy – his torso covered with the unmistakable marks of torture.

They discover that the 17 year old boy had been reported missing by his mother 6 months ago but no one has been looking for him – he was a known troublemaker but did no one care if he was alive or dead?

The police soon realise that Dean Hughes is not the only boy who has gone missing in similar circumstances and that someone in Liverpool is abducting troubled teens with terrifying plans for them. Someone who thinks they are above the law.

 

The criminology background of the author is apparent as the story highlights the impact of violent crime on the families of victims and how society, the police and the media have an implicit (and sometimes explicit) hierarchy of victims.

But this is not a mere diatribe or polemic as the story is told well through multiple points of view which flow naturally and despite having the same lead characters is a different type of novel to DEAD GONE.

This is not at all cozy and is quite dark at points but it will make you think and make you keep turning the page.