Thursday 9 July 2020

The Bone Jar - S W Kane || Blog Tour

Two murders. An abandoned asylum.

Will a mysterious former patient help untangle the dark truth? 

The body of an elderly woman is been found in the grounds of a derelict asylum on the banks of the Thames. As Detective Lew Kirby and his partner begin their investigation, another body is discovered in the river nearby. Gradually, the secrets of Blackwater Asylum begin to reveal themselves; there are rumours of secret rooms, unspeakable psychological experimentation and a dark force that haunts the ruins.

Urban explorer Connie Darke has her own interest in the asylum; it’s where her sister died in a freak accident and she’s determined to help Kirby expose its grisly past. Meanwhile Kirby discovers a devastating family secret that threatens to turn his life upside down. As his world crumbles around him, Kirby must put the pieces of the puzzle together to keep the killer from striking again.

Only an eccentric former patient knows the truth—but will he reveal it to Kirby or Connie before it’s too late?

Well, this was a creepy and gripping crime thriller. Full of twists and turns, plenty of characters and a family tree that was so cryptic that it left the reader bewildered. I simply loved this. It was the perfect blend of thriller mixed with a wonderful amount of downright creepy that lead me to devour this so quickly.

With two murders, a body found in an old asylum left on a particular bed and a body in the water. Detective Kirby is tasked with figuring this one out, with the asylum already having a horrific history and a hotspot for urban exploration its a challenging task trying to figure this one out. Through his investigations he begins to slowly unravel a connection to the asylum and with that, he starts trying to piece it together but a former patient might actually hold the key.

This book was intricately woven, i felt like i needed to map out a family tree by the end so i could work it out. As a reader it made it so enjoyable that you really had to work for the pay off.  I liked Detective Kirby - he was a bit rough around the edges and i could imagine he would be quite brusk when needing to be, irritable but also hard working and dedicated. Connie was determined to get answers for not only herself but for her sister and Ed her urban exploration friend and would get them one way or another. Lastly, Raymond - i simply warmed to him to so much. He was awkward, eccentric and i think lonely, my heart went out to him as he fended for himself.

The writing style was in depth and dramatic, creepy and gripping. It was a real page turner and i really looked forward to every time i got to sit down and delve some more into this, i felt like an investigator myself because i was so invested in the story.

Brilliant. I was gifted a paperback for the blog tour - you can get a copy here 
Publication Date: 1 July 2020
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Formats: Paperback, Kindle and Audiobook

SW Kane studied History of Design and worked at the RIBA before taking on a series of totally unrelated jobs in radio and the music industry, where she still works as a freelance music PR. She has an MA in Creative (Crime) Writing from City University. She began reading crime fiction from an early age and developed an obsession with crime set in cold places. A chance encounter with a derelict fort in rural Pembrokeshire led to a fascination with urban exploration, which in turn became the inspiration for her crime novels. She lives London.

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