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Sing It to Her Bones
     

Sing It to Her Bones

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by Marcia Talley
 

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She lost her job. She almost lost her life. Now Hannah Ives is taking her first brave steps back into the world, wearing a wig and her heart on her sleeve after a frightening bout with breast cancer. But in the small Chesapeake Bay town where she came for a vacation, she does not find the relaxation she deserves. Instead Hannah finds a body — of a girl who

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She lost her job. She almost lost her life. Now Hannah Ives is taking her first brave steps back into the world, wearing a wig and her heart on her sleeve after a frightening bout with breast cancer. But in the small Chesapeake Bay town where she came for a vacation, she does not find the relaxation she deserves. Instead Hannah finds a body — of a girl who disappeared eight years before.

Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times
Sing it to Her Bones is an excellent first novel with a unique, gutsy heroine.
Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Mag
Talley packs this 1998 Malice Domestic Grant winner with a lot of emotional whallop.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440235170
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
Hannah Ives Series , #1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.75(d)

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Sing It to Her Bones 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first started reading I was not sure if it was the kind of book i enjoyed, it started to get reallly engossing i could not put it down Excelent
CozyFan2014 More than 1 year ago
I paid $.99 for this, and it wasn't worth it. I figured this would be a good book, as it stated in the description that it had won some kind of mystery book award. Normally, I won't pay anything for a book by an author I have not read before, but I foolishly thought this would be an exception. First of all, the background part of the book (main character bio and so on) goes on and on and ON...it is not necessary to read all of it, in my opinion. After thinking to myself, for about the millionth time, "What does this have to do with a mystery?" I finally kept skipping ahead in my Nook until I got to the part where the dog found a body. "Finally!" I thought. "This ought to move along faster now." Boy, was I wrong. Instead, the book continues to plod on, with the main character becoming increasingly annoying. She is incredibly self-involved, relating nearly everything back to her crappy relationship with her daughter, and at the same time she is amazingly unobservant, when it is painfully clear that her husband is cheating on her. In fact, her motivation for solving a mystery is that the young woman who was killed "could have been my daughter" - a sentiment so self-absorbed that she attends the funeral of the murdered girl (who she doesn't know, by the way) and is found sobbing on the sofa in the murdered girl's house where the after meal is served! Who does this?? An insensitive boor does, and it made me finally give up the book because I was so fed up with her. I can't get into a book when I don't like the protagonist. She comes off as unbalanced and in desperate need of a therapist - and that's not addressing her recent bout with cancer. No, I can see that affecting someone to the extent it does her (I had a sister who passed from breast cancer). It's not that, it's the hysteria over her daughter (who is an adult, and with whom she apparently can't get along or accept the choices her daughter has made), her inability to see beyond her own feelings and thoughts (or to deal with her husband by confronting him with his obvious infidelity - the phone scenes are a huge clue for even the most dense person), her snarky comments about other women's manner of dress and jewelry (as if it's any of her business), and her equally envious thoughts about how people she doesn't even know can afford to send their child to an expensive school when she and her husband could not (again, not relevant and not her business). Yuck. I just couldn't get through this book, the main character was so odious to me. And I have no idea why this book won any type of award. I am sorry that I paid $.99 for it, and certainly would not recommend anyone pay the $7.99 that is the current asking price. It's a dreadfully boring, annoying book.