Book Review: Ink and Bone – Lisa Unger

Journey of a Bookseller: Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger

Ink and Bone is a gripping paranormal thriller that captivated me from page one. Finley has newly embraced her paranormal lifestyle, she’s a trouble maker, and a beautiful medium. She’s an amazing character and I’m glad NetGalley gave me the opportunity to read this book.

Here is the NetGalley description so you can get an idea of the story:

*****

For as long as she can remember, twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery has been able to see into the future. She dreams about events before they occur and sees beyond the physical world, unconsciously using her power to make supernatural things happen.

But Finley can’t control these powers—and there’s only one person who can help. So Finley moves to The Hollows, a small town in upstate New York where her grandmother lives, a renowned seer who can finally teach Finley how to use her gift.

A gift that is proving to be both a blessing and a curse, as Finley lands in the middle of a dangerous investigation involving a young girl who has been missing for ten months and the police have all but given up hope.

With time running out there’s only so much Finley can do as The Hollows begins to reveal its true colors. As she digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, nothing is what it seems. But one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.

*****

This book is told from a lot of different perspectives, and it is done in a way that is easily understood and maximizes the intensity of the plot. You get a lot of different perspectives, from good to bad. Some good is marred in the bad, like this quote, “Maybe that alone was the foundation of a good marriage, an endless willingness to forgive and love in spite of ourselves, an ability to ride the highs and endure the lows, the decision to always go home.” This quote is the realization of a man who has been cheating on his wife, that his wife, is above all the best thing that’s happened to him, and that he is screwing it up. This is one of many heartfelt and meaningful quotes throughout this book.

Another thing I loved about this book is the vivid and horrifying in some ways descriptions. This particularly gruesome description does a good job at illustrating my point, “She came upon he body first, nearly tripped over it. It was deflated, snow setting in the valleys of her eyes, in the folds of her clothing.” You can see and feel the scary nature of the situation, that’s something Lisa Unger has done particularly well. Here’s another quote if the first one didn’t suffice, “Finley had blood on her hands, and a long dark streak marred each leg of her jeans as if she tried to wipe it off there. Far from being warm, basking on some unnamed beach, her body felt rigid with cold, shivering from her core.”

I also like the dreamlike tone of this book, while a lot of it is raw and real and in your face, there’s also a lot of sections that feel like a dream, usually a scary dream, but a dream none the less. Finley has a lot of vivid and entrancing visions throughout the book that almost seem to hypnotize readers, this quote, “When finally she came to the narrow road that ended in a low gate, she saw the tiny bird. He was black and white, with flashes of red, fat and happily singing his pretty song. Little bird. As she watched him, the white became snow, the black faded into the darkness, and the red became the bloody handprint on the gate. His song faded into the wind.” was particularly interesting to me, and really helped me to envision what Finley was seeing, and how she was seeing it.

I don’t have a whole lot of complaints, the only thing I didn’t like at first was the cheating husband and how he viewed the world, but as the story progressed I grew to like him more. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone with an interest in paranormal/mystery, although this book isn’t for the faint of heart I think anyone who isn’t bothered by relatively mild violence would enjoy this.

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5/5 on my official rating, I 100% recommend this book! It has a lot to teach about self love and accepting the passing of others. Pick up your copy as soon as you can!

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