Little Bones by N. V. Peacock | Publisher: Avon Books UK | Publication Date: 31 October 2020 | Genre: Suspense, Crime Fiction | Find it on: Goodreads
The antidote to your Prodigal Son withdrawals, this child-of-a-serial-killer suspense will leave you turning pages and hating sensationalist podcasters.
Cherrie Forrester has a lovely family with her loving boyfriend and their charming son. She has friends, a job, and a happy, simple life. Leigh-Anne Hendy is the daughter of notorious serial-killer Mr. Bones, abductor of young boys who used their skeletons for his art projects and used his daughter as his apprentice.
The problem is that only one of these women exists. And when Cherrie’s son is kidnapped she’ll have to confront which of these women she wants to be to bring him back home safe.
This is N. V. Peacock’s debut thriller (she has published supernatural YA before), and after finishing Little Bones I’m excited to see if she continues to write for the thriller genre. Especially if she continues with the Little Bones/Dr. Bones characters. I’d read a sequel. Sign. Me. Up.
Peacock starts to build the suspense right away, with the disappearance of another boy in the neighborhood that gets Cherrie thinking about her own childhood, followed shortly by the appearance of a poorly researched but popular podcast that not only drags out all her father’s old crimes but, essentially, doxes Leigh-Anne and gives listeners her new name.
When Cherrie’s son is taken from a fairground shortly before Halloween she is already notorious, and thanks to that infamy she has to deal both with a missing child and being accused of killing him herself.
Like father like daughter.
Using some of the same tropes as Prodigal Son (the TV show), Cherrie goes back to visit her father for clues into the mind of someone who would take a child as she tries to run down the first 48 hours to find her son.
This is a thriller that keeps you up, with characters I enjoyed, and a plot blends elements of the unique and bizarre with the realistic for a believable crime thriller.
It’s not perfect, the twist ending is telegraphed early on in the book and a few of Cherrie’s personality traits are annoyingly pounded home (like her phone not getting emojis and her obsession with Grey’s Anatomy). But it’s still a perfect fall read from a debut thriller author to watch.
*Thanks to Avon Books UK and Netgalley for the ARC*