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Tall Bones: The instant Sunday Times bestseller; ‘one of the most exciting debuts of 2021’ Kindle Edition
This is a striking first novel, a chilling insight into an oppressive world, where bad thoughts and bad deeds ripple just below the surface, out of sight. ― Alison Flood, OBSERVER
Fast paced and moving. ― LITERARY REVIEW
Beautifully written and very moving, this is an assured debut. ― Laura Wilson, GUARDIAN
One of the most exciting debuts of the year. ― SUNDAY EXPRESS
Spellbinding and darkly beautiful.... intricately plotted and exquisitely written, Tall Bones is a stunning debut. ― WOMEN & HOME
Cleverly written, Anna Bailey's debut shines a light on the darker and more oppressive side of small-town society. ― INDEPENDENT
Both menacing and haunting, a compelling and atmospheric debut. ― DAILY MAIL
The best kind of small-town crime novel... one that drips with atmosphere. Bailey has penned a dark and compulsive literary crime-drama about love, guilt, trauma, intolerance and the consequences of religious devotion... an intricately weaved and haunting story that will stay with you for days after. ― CULTUREFLY
Bailey writes with perfect poise. She is destined for great things - I feel it in my bones. ― SAGA magazine
One of the most exciting debuts of the year. ― OK magazine
With Tall Bones, Anna Bailey bursts onto the scene with a wonderfully haunting debut. Small-town intrigue, exquisitely drawn. ― JANE HARPER, author of The Dry and The Lost Man
Anna Bailey's debut is irresistible, a compelling and nuanced psychological thriller suffused with small town prejudice and dark family secrets. ― PAULA HAWKINS, author of The Girl on the Train
An intricate and compelling thriller, beautifully nuanced and wonderfully claustrophobic. Brilliant. ― SJ WATSON, author of Before I Go to Sleep
'A clever, twisting debut about the dark side of small town America. It is packed with secrets like firecrackers ready to ignite.'
'Anna Bailey writes like a dream about teenage love and lust, the terror of knowledge and the claustrophobia of families and of small towns.Tall Bones is as brutal, as bittersweet, as tender and as tense as first love itself.' ― EMMA FLINT, author of Little Deaths
Tall Bones brilliantly conjures up the oppressive claustrophobia of the small town and I felt so strongly about some of the characters that I had to check the ending to make sure they were ok! Extremely well written... fantastic. ― HARRIET TYCE, author of Blood Orange
Its portrait of small-town intrigue is scarily credible. Bailey understands that the dynamics that drive small-town relationships are the same the world over. ― VAL McDERMID
A terrific debut about guilt, secrets and complex family dynamics - the writing is vivid & assured: Anna Bailey is definitely one to watch. ― LUCY ATKINS, author of Magpie Lane
Bleak and haunting, Emma's troubled path to where the truth lies will carry the reader's soul along in both moving and compassionate ways. ― Maxim Jakubowski, CRIME TIME
Brilliant! Could not put it down. It's utterly gripping and beautifully written. ― KATIE FFORDE
Vividly captures a simmering atmosphere of suspicion and repression. ― IRISH INDEPENDENT
Tall Bones is as atmospheric as it gets. Anna writes beautifully and it was so refreshing to experience a different voice - a stunning debut that delivers on every level. Reminded me of Jane Harper's The Dry. ― RENEE KNIGHT, author of Disclaimer
Smart and compassionate, full of poetry and rage and shy hopes and shredded dreams and missing girls and family secrets and the dark, shameful underbelly of small town life. ― TAMMY COHEN, author of Stop At Nothing
this debut ... heralds the arrival of a major novelist. ― THE TABLET --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08CRR1LGL
- Publisher : Transworld Digital (1 April 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1095 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 344 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 085752738X
- Best Sellers Rank: 105,605 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Tall Bones deftly portrays the complexities of small-town politics, racism, family relationships, and religion through the story of a missing seventeen-year-old girl, Abi. I was desperate to find out what had happened to Abi and the conclusion though heartbreaking felt utterly right for this novel.
Alongside Abi, is a cast of characters that will stay with me for a long time.
It's rare to read a character as fully formed as Dolly. Both victim and in some ways perpetrator, it was truly heartbreaking to read all the ways that life had let her down. I loved that you saw glimpses of how life would be for her even after the novel ended which gave a real feeling of hope - even though not all the glimpses were positive.
Similarly, Rat was perfectly drawn. Swaying between a beautiful alluring object of teenage desire to a creepy chain-smoking waster; you were never quite sure who he really was - which I think sums up how first love often feels both while you're in it and while looking back on it.
I just adored Emma and was rooting for her the whole way.
This is the type of book that it's hard to even write a review for, as nothing feels quite right so I'll just say this: this book is beautiful and deserves all the success. I'll be recommending it to everyone.
It starts with Seventeen-year-old Emma whos with her best friend Abi at a party in the woods, Emma believes, like most girls her age, that their lives are just beginning. Many things will happen that night, but Emma will never see her friend again.
Which cracks open the façade of the small town of Whistling Ridge, its intimate history of long-held grudges and resentment. Even within Abi's family, there are questions to be asked.
This book is not for everyone it deals with so many issues. Which I will name below of a full list (I belive) of what I found online.
Trigger warnings: sexual assault, racism, graphic violence, physical abuse, child abuse, homophobia, and off-page rape
If you buy this book, which I hope you will, you will receive something unusual and beautiful, but also angry the way teenage girls are angry, and the way people who have been hurt are angry, and if you don't have the fortitude to sit in that space for however long it takes you to read this, then this book isn't for you. But I hope it is.
Three stars because it was very descriptive and well written, perhaps I could have just done with something a bit more uplifting at this present time.