Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Inside cover blurb:

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.


I love magical realism, but this book probably won’t be for everyone. Nothing really grabbed me in the beginning, it’s not a plot-driven book. The writing and tone are definitely the star of the show here.

Plus: Rich description. An intrepid young Polish girl. Bees!

Minus: Several “what am I even reading right now” moments. Not enough magic.

If you like this book, try:


The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

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