Her Pretty Bones by Carla Kovach
Published: Jan 17, 2019
Previous Book in the Series: #2 – Her Final Hour
Her Pretty Bones by Carla Kovach is the third in the Detective Gina Harte series.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Series Background: (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books)
DI Gina Harte is a good boss, and has earned the respect of her team, which consists of: DS Jacob Driscoll, DC Harry O’Connor and DC Paula Wyre, with a lot of assistance from Police Constable Smith. She is a stubborn lady, and a determined detective. Gina has a daughter and grand-daughter, who she is trying to get closer to. She has recently broken up with her boss DCI Chris Briggs, with whom she was having a secret affair. Gina is not ready for a relationship anyway. It is not common knowledge that her husband was abusive, and no one knows that she helped him fall to his death many years ago.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
A girl is found barely alive after being thrown or jumping out of the back of a van. She is mal-nourished, her body covered in needle marks, a gash across her abdomen, and her fingerprints burned off. Her last words before slipping into unconsciousness were “help her”. The team’s hopes of identifying her are slim, and finding out who she was talking about, slimmer. But Gina is determined.
A few days later, the body of another young girl is found in a shallow grave. Similarities between the girls are hard to ignore, including their ages, their thinness, and their red hair.
On a personal level, Gina is still healing from the attempt on her life in her last case. It has brought up the feelings of guilt that have long been buried over the death of her husband. Her emotions run in every direction. Even though Gina insisted that their affair end, she is surprised to feel jealousy when her boss seems to be flirting with Annie. Another fight with Hannah is not helping the mother-daughter bond that Gina is hoping for. She will have to put everything aside if she wants to solve this case.
One of the themes in this book centered around how teenagers can so easily be taken advantage of, how and why some run away, and how easily they are duped into doing drugs and other things for food or money. How trusting they are. The book also showed the effects their absence has on their families, some more than others. This was just sad.
The other subject entwined, although sometimes subtly, in the story is love. The love of a husband who will do absolutely anything to find a caregiver for his wife, the love of a caregiver for her patient, and the love of two mothers, one biological, and one a foster mother for their daughters. This subject alternated between devastatingly sad and overwhelmingly heartbreaking.
While the author handled both topics with grace, it was sometimes hard to see the forest for the trees. There were so many stories and individuals, that confusion occasionally surfaced. I usually like multiple points of view, but there seemed to be too many, and although they all came together at the end, you really had to pay attention to this complex plot. As well, it sort of slowed down mid-point, and took a while to pick back up, although it definitely did. I loved the ending.
Bottom line, I am looking forward to the next book!
Read: March, 2019
About the Author: Carla Kovach is a British Author. When not writing she’s busy, screenwriting, film producing and acting.
I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2678471480