Book Review: In Her Bones by Kate Moretti


Edie Beckett is the daughter of a famous serial killer………fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women.  Edie lives far from a normal life working for the city of Philadelphia and struggling with her alcohol addiction. Edie and her brother are the result of a terribly dysfunctional family in which her mother was actually a murderer. Edie also struggles with the author’s identity of the unauthorized biography of her mother’s life.

Edie is also obsessed with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to see how their life is now. Edie gets a little too close for comfort and one of them is found murdered.

Edie becomes the prime suspect. The detective who arrested her mother is trying to find Edie to ask her questions, and Edie goes into hiding. Edie and the detective have always had an unusually close relationship.

Edie is in a race against the clock to find out what happened……….

My thoughts:

I have not read a lot of books about serial killers until I read Rachel Caine’s Stillhouse Lake series. It usually is too disturbing for me, but In Her Bones was a different kind of book because it focuses more on the survivors of the victims’ families. This is a very interesting take on a serial killer thriller.

Edie is a hard character to like from the beginning, but as I read the book, I began to pity her and her upbringing. It made me think about all of the people in the world who have committed crimes, especially violent crimes, and wondering how the spouses and children can live any type of a normal life after the crime(s) are committed. The families of the victims are usually the center of any media spotlight, but the families of the criminal also are affected and are not often considered. The majority of the time the families do not even know, especially in the case of a serial killer.

Kate Moretti must have had to do very extensive research on serial killers and families of criminals. The information was extremely intriguing and tragic thinking about what the families have to live with for the rest of their lives.

I gave this a 5/5 on Goodreads even though it was a disturbing topic; it was written so well and was captivating!

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