Book Review for IN HER BONES by Kate Moretti

IN HER BONES by Kate Moretti
Atria Books
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A darkly chilling mystery delving into what happens to those affected by murder.

As my first Kate Moretti book, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect when I started IN HER BONES. However, my trepidation was soon put aside once I became pulled into a story about a woman whose life was shaped by her mother's murderous ways.

Book Review for IN HER BONES by Kate Moretti

This story, at its core, is about the ripple effect when a person decides to take a life. Edie's mother is a serial killer. This one fact changed who she was and the perception of others about her. Those who were killed had loved ones and people left behind to continue on without them. Their absence shaped who they were. So when a man Edie knew and was tied to her mother's killing is found dead, it makes sense that she would run. It makes sense she too would be labeled a killer. But the question remains...is she?

The fast-paced nature of the writing and the effortless flow of the narrative made IN HER BONES a positively bingeable read. The twist and turns shockingly litter the pages only to be surpassed by another reveal. Then, when you add into the mix how Moretti wove into the story the underlining issues of mental health and what one can inherit from a parent, you get one hell of a story.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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…

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About the Author: Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life. She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like. Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.


Book Details:

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (September 4, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1982104678
ISBN-13: 978-1982104672

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