Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

The Feathered Bone
by Julie Cantrell

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 9780718037628
Genre: Christian Fiction | Suspense
Print Length: 380 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
“Feathers—no matter what size or shape or color—are all the same, if you think about them. They're soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.”

In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.

Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks in depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.

Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.

Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.

The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

The Feathered BoneWhat if you became part of a parent’s worst nightmare, their child has gone missing and there are no clues, no hint of where she could be? What if you had been charged with that child’s safety when it happened? Follow Julie Cantrell’s heartbreaking tale The Feathered Bone as we become witnesses to the aftermath of the disappearance of a young child and how that disappearance makes everyone who knew her become a victim, too.

Centered around Amanda Salassi, the mother/chaperone on a sixth grade field trip to New Orleans after Sarah, her daughter’s best friend was kidnapped, this story spans five long years of guilt, pain and loss. Amanda’s life is shredded as her world collapses around her and she is too paralyzed with guilt to realize that the kidnapping was not her fault, while that paralysis may have blinded her to the heart wrenching events that were about to unfold in the aftermath. Will Amanda rise from the ashes like a phoenix reborn or will she succumb to the isolation and darkness she has created for herself?

Julie Cantrell has mastered building a story of great loss, of deep emotional and mental chaos and made it real, made it tear jerking and terrifying to imagine. With flawed characters who are incapable of sharing their inner most feelings and a main character who has focused inward, clueless to what she is doing, the aftermath of the kidnapping feels devastating. Some are brought closer together, but many are torn apart as the warts of humanity show in all of their wretched glory. One thing is certain, life will never be the same and only the strong will survive. The strongest of them all was a mere sporadic blip throughout and her story needed to be told, if it ever is, I would highly recommend a case of Kleenex.

I received an ARC edition from Thomas Nelson Fiction in exchange for my honest review.


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