The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

Book description:

In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth-grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.

Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks into depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.

Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.

Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.

My review:

This is one of the best books of the year so far that I’ve read. Parts of it were so difficult to read and other parts took my breath away. However, Cantrell delivers a story that is real.

I thought the setting of the book was interesting. It brought back so many memories of when Katrina hit New Orleans and watching the levees fail and the city flood. It was interesting to read a fictionalized account of how it might have been for people living in the area.

However, the story is of the horrible situation that the characters experience. While reading this story, I had no idea where it would end up. There are no clues as to whether Sarah will be found or not. Even Amanda and Carl’s relationship status is questionable. Clues are given from the very beginning that their marriage is not the best, but I could not tell if they would reconcile or divorce, or just continue on in the way of their marriage.

This is the first book I have ever read by Cantrell, but it won’t be the last. She is a master storyteller of human nature and emotion.

I can imagine that this book might be too difficult for some readers to get through because it deals with heavy, horrible realities of life. However, it is also a story of the strength of humanity. I really enjoyed it and have already recommended it to fellow readers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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