A Bizarre and Disjointing Read
**I received an ebook copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.**
Every now and again, I read a book and think to myself, “How in the world did this get published? There are so many, other better manuscripts out there.” This was one of those books. It just wasn’t very good. I’ve seen this book called a gothic fairytale in some of its reviews.
It wasn’t a gothic fairytale.
It was a conglomeration of gothic fairytales, strung together by the main storyline and the main character, Miren. It was bizarre that so many of these little fairytales were included. I enjoyed them, but only two of them served a purpose for the plot.
Also, there really was no plot to speak of. Miren runs away from a forced marriage, and the book chronicles her journey all the way up to her destination, and her figuring out the mystery at the end of the tale. It was just bizarrely set up. Two times, the author writes a strange and unnecessary flashback scene.
The thing is, this book could have been good. If the tale had begun with Miren at Blackwater, the plot could have spiraled outward from there, revealing Miren’s past with flashbacks. However, All the Murmuring Bones was poorly plotted. The only truly developed character was Miren. I enjoyed her ruthless and headstrong nature. She was an unexpected strong character in an otherwise weak novel.
A literary pet peeve of mine is when I can’t find the title of the book in the book itself. I found out in the Author Note that the author found the title of the book in a poem from Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. However, the title of the book can be found nowhere in the novel, unless I missed it (which I find doubtful, but please correct me if I am wrong).
Overall, I do not recommend reading this book. It is not well written.
Side note: Why did the author decide to go with A.G. Slatter when she’s published far more novels under the name Angela Slatter? It’s an odd choice.