Ciao, amici! I’ve got another book review to share today. Kerry Buchanan’s Small Bones, book two of her Harvey & Birch series.
Solid Crime Thriller
Whether I intend to or not, when I choose crime thrillers, I tend to gravitate toward those set in Great Britain. I don’t know if it’s the covers, the blurbs, or the stories, but I definitely seem to have a type, even without intentionally seeking them out. When I saw the cover for Small Bones, I was instantly drawn to it. When I read the blurb, I knew I had to read it. Once I started, I was hooked. And I couldn’t put it down.
Small Bones is book 2 of Kerry Buchanan’s Harvey & Birch series, but I didn’t realize that until after I was well into the story, and it didn’t detract from my enjoyment at all. This is easily a standalone, though reading the first book would undoubtedly enhance a reader’s experience.
Buchanan has a distinct ability to create characters of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds with equal believability, which is a gift. I rooted for the protagonists and loathed the antagonists with equal passion. Even the secondary characters were well-developed and relatable, but of the entire cast, I had a particular fondness for William.
I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Belfast, but the author brought the area to life for me. And the unveiling of the plot kept me turning the pages. The ending promises a third book, which I look forward to reading.
Small Bones delivers a solid crime thriller in what is shaping up to be an enjoyable crime thriller series. An easy 4.5 stars from me.
I received a gratis copy of this work from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Are you drawn to crimes across the pond, too? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let’s talk about it. Saluti!