The Feathered Bone
The Feathered Bone is the first book I've read by Julie Cantrell, but I'm always looking for new books in my favorite genre - Christian mystery/suspense - so I decided to give it a shot. Besides the intriguing title and the appealing cover, the premise sounded very interesting. The setting, pre-Katrina New Orleans, is fresh and intriguing. I liked the missing-person angle and the how the plot focused on the effect a missing person has on their friends and family. The book description reads:
"“Feathers—no matter what size or shape or color—are all the same, if you think about them. They’re soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.”
In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth-grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.
Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks into depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.
Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.
Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world."
From the very first page, I was immediately drawn into the plot of The Feathered Bone. Julie Cantrell's writing is extremely poetic, lyrical, and has an almost magical quality to it. I loved how fleshed out all of the characters were and how detailed the plot was. I stayed up late because I couldn't stop turning the pages to see what would happen next. This is an absolutely unforgettable story. It was very emotional and at times brought tears to my eyes. Yes, it was sad and tragic, but it was also redemptive and thought provoking. This is the type of story that will stick with you long after you turn the last page. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good Christian fiction.
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