Review: Garrett’s Bones, by K. D. Dowdell 4 of 5 stars

MY REVIEW:

Anna and Garrett, the main characters in Garrett’s Bones, live far from ordinary teenage lives. As best friends, they’re adventurous and in many ways completely fearless in the face of danger. Their characters are very well written and developed. Also, I’ve really got to hand it to K. D. Dowdall in her ability to draw such a beautiful picture in setting. She is able to tie such a wide variety of commendable characteristics together, and she does it seemingly effortlessly. Garrett’s Bones is overflowing with rich culture of past and present, along with absolutely gorgeous wooded areas. The scenery in this book is to die for! Beautiful! This isn’t your average haunted forest story. It’s unique and completely different from anything I’ve ever read.

When a young girl goes missing, Anna and Garrett find themselves on a quest to find her. Being familiar with the forest grounds as well as completely in tune with it’s rich Indian history and spiritual energy, they are able to find the girl. Unfortunately, what they come across is utterly heinous, and it’s clearly upset the order and spirit of the already troubled forest. What makes things worse, is that the police automatically point fingers at Anna and Garrett as their main suspects because they were caught red handed returning the missing girl’s body back to town.

From here everything escalates. Anna’s father is a drunk. It leaves her to step up and take on extra duties in caring for her younger siblings, as her mother is in a strange emotional state due to her rocky marriage. I love the way that Anna is able to be the rock and hold her family together, all-the-while sneaking out often to meet up with Garrett in their quest to prove their innocence.

Garrett is a somewhat strange and mysterious boy who is matured beyond his years just the same as Anna. Young girls flock to him, but it’s Anna who truly holds his heart. She understands the connections that he has with the spirits around them. They have a magical and unique relationship. Dowdall is able to weave their young coming of age emotions for one another into the story in a way that makes it all just fit.

The mystery provided is one of a kind, I never in a million years would have guessed who killed the young girl! Garrett’s Bones is an excellent story and I will definitely be recommending it!

DESCRIPTION:

Garrett’s Bones is a haunting tale of young love, mystery and murder. Anna and Garrett are ordinary teens growing up in a small farming community in Connecticut in 1960. While walking through the forest preserve in their small town of Salmon Brook, Anna and Garrett happen upon the ravaged body of a young girl and find themselves as suspects in the horrific killing of fourteen-years-old Sarah Smith. Together, Anna and Garrett search for clues to find the killer as the ghosts of the past begin to collide with the present evil. They both realize it will be up to them to fight the evil that has come to harm their families, their community, and their beloved forest, even if it means losing their own lives. Visit: karendowdall.com (blog) or thewhitewitchchronicles.com (author website for The Ghost Witch)

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Didi, you are a fabulous reviewer and I cried when I read your review of my novel and I thank you from my heart. K. D. Dowdall

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    1. Thanks Karen, you’re an excellent writer! I instantly put Strange Beginnings on my TBR. It’ll probably take me a couple months to catch up and read it, but I can’t wait! 🙂

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      1. Didi, I reblogged your review, plus shared in everywhere with this comment: “Didi Oviatt is a premier book reviewer, blogger, and author. I thank her for taking a chance with a totally unknown author like me. Didi’s astute, in-depth, and beautifully written review, shows her ability to reveal expertly, the shaft from the grain of a written work with great clarity, insight and care. K D Dowdall

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      2. Thank you so much! 🙂 This is great!

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      3. Didi, I just purchased your novel, Aggravated Momentum on Amazon! Karen 🙂

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      4. Karen Awesome! Thank you 🙂 I hope you like it!

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  2. Reblogged this on K. D. Dowdall and commented:
    Didi Oviatt is a premier book reviewer, blogger, and author. I thank her for taking a chance with a totally unknown author like me. Didi’s astute, in-depth, and beautifully written review, shows her ability to reveal expertly, the shaft from the grain of a written work with great clarity, insight and care. K D Dowdall

    Liked by 2 people

  3. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    This is an excellent review of a wonderful book!

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