Hardback The skeleton key / Erin Kelly.
Publication year: 2022
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781473680883 (hbk.) :
Nell has come home at her family's insistence to celebrate an anniversary. Fifty years ago, her father wrote The Golden Bones. Part picture book, part treasure hunt, Sir Frank Churcher created a fairy story about Elinore, a murdered woman whose skeleton was scattered all over England. The book was a sensation. A community of treasure hunters called the Bonehunters formed, in frenzied competition, obsessed to a dangerous degree. People sold their homes to travel to England and search for Elinore. Marriages broke down as the quest consumed people. A man died. The book made Frank a rich man. Nell, became a recluse. Now the Churchers must be reunited. The book is being reissued along with a new treasure hunt and a documentary crew are charting everything that follows. Nell is appalled, and terrified. During the filming, Frank reveals the whereabouts of the missing golden bone. All hell breaks loose.
xi, 497 pages : illustration (black and white), map (black and white) ; 25 cm
Such a cleverly plotted and intriguing thriller. Psychological credibility is sometimes sacrificed to the needs of the plot - the excesses of the Bonehunters in particular - but that's an acceptable price to pay for the rewarding twists and turns of this engaging mystery. And, unlike so many thrillers, the characters are not just cardboard cutouts; Nell and Billie are convincing characters who earn our sympathy; we understand their plight, and are always hoping that the spiralling revelations are not going to destroy their fragile happiness. Recommended for anyone who likes a good mystery.