Review: The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell
Published January 26th, 2016 by Thomas Nelson.
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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. (Goodreads)
The Feathered Bone is probably one of the saddest books I have ever read. Tragedy after tragedy made me cry into my pillow. The ending offered hope but maybe not enough. Amanda Salassi loses sight of her best friends daughter on a school field trip. Sarah is taken and Amanda and her daughter Elli blame themselves. Day after day Amanda and Sarah’s parents search for Sarah but years pass and there are no leads. Meanwhile, Elli sinks into depression. This story is set against the backdrop of murky parishes in rural Louisiana. The story began pre- Katrina, but as the years pass, Katrina strikes and I live through the awful storm all over again. Things continue to get worse as the months and years tick by and it’s not until everything that could possibly go wrong does that things finally take a turn for the better.
Everything about The Feathered Bone was visual. It was atmospheric and evocative of the time period and circumstances. The writing seemed fresh, yet precise. Everything made sense and tied together nicely despite the story itself being quite tragic. I loved the believability of the story and characters. I really enjoyed this book. The conclusion offered some hope, just not enough. After tearing my heart out time and time again I just needed more.
I received this book from The Fiction Guild in exchange for my review.