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It’s complicatedAlmost every character in Thirty-One Bones
Based in scenic Spain, the book follows Daniella Coulstoun, an estranged daughter who finds herself at her mother’s funeral after she suddenly falls dead. Daniella has been away from her mother, Effie, for twenty years and finds out that her mother has harbored some secrets. Effie, along with her ex-pat friends, has duped investors for millions of pounds. Now that Effie is dead and the money is gone, everyone believes that Daniella knows more than she is letting on. Cornered by angry investors, hostile ex-pats, and a terrifying enforcer, Daniella needs to find a way out – fast.
Written by Morgan Cry, aka Gordon Brown, the book has scenic locations, interesting characters, and a strong plotline. Daniella and Effie are both strong female characters, albeit in very different ways. The story does a great job of capturing the conflicting emotions an ex-pat feels, including missing one’s homeland and the pressure of succeeding in a different country.
The book keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. I especially enjoyed how the author introduces a character in a chapter and then follows it by their interrogation by the Policia Nacional. The story pivots on the words – “It’s complicated.”. You will have to read the book to find out more. After each complication, the story slowly unravels, and readers find themselves swept along with the characters on their journey.
Also, the book refers to “Drinking the Kool-Aid”- anyone interested in checking out the historical event related to it should look into it as well. I wasn’t aware of the expression, and it was something new I learned. And as to why is the book titled “Thirty-One Bones” is a mystery of its own.
I give the book 4/5 stars. I wish it was a page-turner and had me completely engrossed. A total recommendation for readers who enjoy mysteries. Thank you, NetGalley, Skyhorse Publishing, and Gordon Brown, for the DRC.