Kerry Buchanan’s SMALL BONES #bookreview #smallbones #netgalley #thriller

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Ciao, amici! I’ve got another book review to share today. Kerry Buchanan’s Small Bones, book two of her Harvey & Birch series.

My Review:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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!

Published by Staci Troilo

A writer fascinated with interpersonal relationships, the importance of family, and the relevance of heritage. Learn more at

31 thoughts on “Kerry Buchanan’s SMALL BONES #bookreview #smallbones #netgalley #thriller

  1. I love the title, Staci. That alone is a hook. And I can understand the appeal to settings in the UK. So much older and more mysterious than… say… Cleveland. Lol. Sound like a great read. Thanks for sharing your review!

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  2. I love any story set in Ireland or Scotland. That part of the world intrigues and draws me. It’s on my bucket list to get to visit it one day. This sounds like a great story! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Sounds intriguing, Staci, and with your review in mind, I’m going to check it out. It’s been a while since I’ve read a crime thriller. Thanks for introducing Kerry. 🙂

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  4. I have to admit it’s been a while since I’ve read a crime thriller, but it seems like most of them were set in the US. It wasn’t a conscious choice, but more that I haven’t read many in the genre for the past several years.

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  5. Small Bones sounds like an intriguing book, Staci. I think I probably read a balance of both across the pond and set in America. Have you ever read Kate Ellis? She’s a UK crime author with a number of different series. I’m a fan of her Wesley Petersen series—which reminds me that I am thoroughly behind on it, LOL.

    Great review today!

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  6. I’m reading this one now and you’re right. It’s hard to put down. I haven’t read a lot of UK thrillers of late, but they are intriguing. I can see myself reading a lot more of them.

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    1. I’m starting to wonder if US authors just don’t write good blurbs. It seems every time a book captures my interest, it’s set in the UK. lol

      Glad to hear you’re finding this one as compelling as I did.

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  7. I think crime stories that are closer to home are scarier because it feels like I’m in more immediate danger, but I still enjoy the a no matter where it’s set as long as it’s well written. Good review, Staci!

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    1. You raise an interesting point. There is something to be said for danger feeling more real the closer it is to you. (That’s why slasher films never bother me. They’re just too ridiculous.) Thanks, Priscilla.


    1. If the book is well-written, I don’t care where it’s set. But for some reason, if it’s a crime thriller, I seem to gravitate toward novels set on your side of the pond. I have no idea why or how it happens. I may not even know it by the description. But inside, instead of Boston, I’m in Belfast. 😀

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