• Publication date: 8 Mar 2018
• Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
• Language: English
• ASIN: B01MEG20HE
Source: My own copy
The Bone Keeper will corrupt your days and shatter your nights’ Val McDermid
‘A dark and brilliant thriller from a writer who just gets better and better. The Bone Keeper is tense, chilling and HUGELY scary’ Mark Billingham
‘Luca Veste proves you don’t need to go to the Bayou or the Everglades to find something terrifying in the deep, dark woods. Sometimes evil is lurking just around the corner. An entertainingly nasty piece of work’ Christopher Brookmyre
What if the figure that haunted your nightmares as child, the myth of the man in the woods, was real?
He’ll slice your flesh.
Your bones he’ll keep.
I love it when I find a new author, whose books I haven’t read before and has already written a series or two for me to read. Whoopee!
A little bit of research on the author reveals that he was born in a hospital on Merseyside built in the grounds of the Park (with a wood) that I used to play in as a child. He’s written a series of books about cases in Liverpool investigates by the Merseyside police force
He now has the attention of the crime writing world of readers and authors and his books have become very popular with crime fiction lovers.
The plot of this book centres around an urban legend of The Bone Keeper, a bogey man scary myth that Liverpool youngsters have picked up on and spread about between themselves.
There are symbols and a song associated with The Bone Keeper that just add to the weird and terrifying creepiness of the book.
The Bone Keeper’s coming. The Bone Keeper’s real. He doesn’t stop. He doesn’t feel. He’ll snatch you up. And make you weep. He’ll slice your flesh. Your bones he’ll keep.
The book begins with a group of children going into the woods to search for The Bone Keeper and who have convinced themselves that he’s real. One of them doesn’t survive the search but we have to read on to discover what happened but the opening chapter sets the scene for the whole premise of the book.
A lot of children’s verse and literature centres on scary happenings in woods, so although it’s fiction (isn’t it? 😱) it’s entirely believable for a myth such as this to be spread about by youngsters
‘If you go down to the woods today…’
Move on twenty years and a woman is found badly injured on a Liverpool street, she’s had bits of skin sliced off all over her body and is understandably traumatised and not making any real sense. Before she was attended by the emergency services, she was heard singing The Bone Keeper song by eyewitnesses.
Two members of a detective team DC Louise Henderson and DS Paul Shipley track her movements back to a wood where a buried body is eventually uncovered.
The two police officers are friends but although mutually attracted to each other, their relationship is a not entirely comfortable one at times. Louise is reticent about her past and keeps her secrets close to her chest. Rarely socialising but good at her job. I wasn’t entirely convinced by their relationship but then this isn’t a character driven novel and the story flowed easily without the addition of too much back story and dialogue between the characters.
As they find more burials and bodies in the woods and body count increases, the Major Crimes team become involved because this can only be the work of a serial killer. Or was it something else
Something watched them all without them knowing. Something abnormal and malformed. Something they wouldn’t recognise. They thought they knew evil. They had no idea.
This book is a stand-alone, a one off and an extremely creepy as hell bone chilling read. It’s dark and deadly and there is an underlying fear of the unknown and never knowing what’s out there or imagined to be there. Exactly my favourite type of crime thriller. Let’s just say I thoroughly enjoyed being scared out of my wits by this book.
‘The Bone Keeper is real’
About The Author
Luca Veste is a writer of Italian and Liverpudlian heritage, married with two young daughters, and one of nine children. He studied psychology and criminology at university in Liverpool. He is the author of the Murphy and Rossi series, which includes DEAD GONE, THE DYING PLACE, BLOODSTREAM, and THEN SHE WAS GONE.
Part psychological thriller, part police procedural, his books follow the detective pairing of DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi. The novels are set in Liverpool, bringing the city to life in a dark and terrifying manner…with just a splash of Scouse humour