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In Her Bones by Kate Moretti

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Book Summary

Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction, media frenzy, and the release of an unauthorized biography, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie Beckett is just trying to survive out of the spotlight. She’s a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job and an unhealthy codependent relationship with her brother.

Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to see how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on. While her escalating fixation is a problem, she’s careful to keep her distance. That is, until she crosses a line and a man is found murdered.

Edie quickly becomes the prime suspect—and while she can’t remember everything that happened the night of the murder, she’d surely remember killing someone. With the detective who arrested her mother hot on her trail, Edie goes into hiding. She’s must get to the truth of what happened that night before the police—or the real killer—find her.

Unless, of course, she has more in common with her mother than she’s willing to admit…


Condition: Like New (may contain a publisher extra mark)

Paperback, Published September 2018 by Atria Books

ISBN: 9781501166471

1 review for In Her Bones by Kate Moretti

  1. Chandra

    “There’s a ripple effect to violence, you know.”

    I’ve always wondered what it was like for the family and friends of killers in the aftermath. They are constantly associated with an act they didn’t even commit and sometimes even ostracized for it. How do you move on from this association? Especially if you’re the daughter of a most notable female serial killer? Does the apple fall far from the tree?

    I was pulled in straight from the prologue and was committed to the story. I will say that it did run a bit slower as the book chugged along. However, I’ve come to think of Moretti’s writing style as suspenseful thriller rather than edge-of-your-seat and in that vein, she is absolutely fantastic. Also, with this subject matter (which I find thoroughly fascinating), I couldn’t help but enjoy this story from beginning to end. Some things were predictable, while others were not. As proven in The Blackbird Season, we get another suspensefully nuanced psychological thriller. I did enjoy that this story was told mostly through Edie’s eyes. Her obsession, her protectiveness of herself, her family, her strife… and the one person who has been consistent in her life, Gil, the detective who arrested her mother and helped find Edie a place to thrive in life.

    I did enjoy the excerpts from the tell-all book about Lilith (Edie’s mother) – I wish I could have the entire story to read. The humanness Moretti brings to the other side of the serial killer – they’re not always so bad – sometimes they’re just normal people, trying to be normal but something in their chemistry just doesn’t allow them to be. Give them children and while the horrors may take front court in memories, those of her just being a mother are also in there. How do you reconcile the two?

    Perfect for those who like that slower suspense with a dash of mystery.
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