In Her Bones by Kate Moretti

In Her Bones

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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I’ve read a few of Moretti’s novels and sadly they haven’t wowed me. Sadly, In Her Bones follows that pattern.

I was interested by the plot since there aren’t too many novels that follow a serial killer’s daughter. When it comes to a recent murder, Edie (the daughter) is automatically pinned as the main suspect. Like mother, like daughter…

Unfortunately that’s when the book fell flat for me. The plot just dragged on and I didn’t connect with Edie and her obsession with the families of her mother’s victims. I didn’t understand her reasoning behind hiding and investigating the murder.

When the ending finally arrived, I was disappointed that it was so short because I was totally shocked on what happened! I wish that more time was spent on the ending instead of the investigating in the middle.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. Great ending, but sadly took a while to get there. Wouldn’t recommend.


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21 thoughts on “In Her Bones by Kate Moretti

  1. I appreciate your thoughts on this, Amanda. I have wanted to love this author’s books, too, but they haven’t been the best fit. If you haven’t read it, Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land also explores a serial killer’s child. I loved it, but the reviews are mixed on that one too.


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