Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?
Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are. – Goodreads
This is one of those rare books I don’t know how I feel about. I actually recommended this book to a friend by going “please read it and tell me how I should feel about it.” Thankfully she agreed and put it on hold at the library. I found Bone Gap to be an interesting story, but had a hard time being drawn into said story. Bone Gap took me over a month to read, almost two months. As someone who can read a book a day, taking two month is..not normal. There is a magical realism to this story that never worked for me no matter how hard I tried.
This story has multiple point of views, and not once didn’t I have a good hold on one of the characters. I understand that perspective is important because that changes everything. Bone Gap goes on to show how perspective is often the most important, but also the least important thing all at the same time. I loved how Ruby wrote from a very feminist prospective and gave no apologies for that. I wanted more of Finn. More of Roza. More of the people of Bone Gap. I will be happy to give Ruby credit, the way she weaved together the story of Bone Gap was amazing, however, I ended the book with almost more questions than I started with.
This book had signs of everything I should love and adore, but still, it took me two months to get through. That of course effected my rating, because when I read I want to be swept up by a novel, I don’t want it to be slow and savory. I want it to be amazing and a book that I cannot put down.