Ink and Bone
By Lisa Unger
Summary: Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams, she has never been able to control or understand the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start to become too strong for her to handle – and even the roar of her motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices – she turns to the only person she knows who can help her: her grandmother Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.
Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.
As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.
Source: I received a digital copy from NetGalley
While Ink and Bone isn’t listed as being part of a series, it appears that there are quite a few books set in The Hollows and this could be seen as the next in The Hollows series. I wish I would’ve known that before requesting the book on NetGalley because I felt like I was missing something the whole time. I didn’t connect with any of the characters, despite truly being interested in the premise.
I felt like the book switched back and forth and featured characters that I was supposed to know something about already, but I’m not sure if that’s true or if it’s just the setting itself that I was supposed to know about, but I just felt like something was missing throughout the whole novel and it stood in my way of getting to know the characters.
I enjoyed the plot and the overall conclusion, so it was worth the read, but I think I’d recommend finding the beginning of the “series” and starting there, as I think it would add to the overall enjoyment of the book. I can’t rate the book higher than 3 stars because I remained frustrated throughout the book. I’m actually glad I found out it was part of a series based on the setting and that clears up so many things, especially the feeling that I felt the book was supposed to be giving me about the setting but wasn’t actually successfully giving me. I knew what was supposed to happen, but it just wasn’t happening for me.
The book had a great balance of suspense and otherworldliness and I enjoyed the way the conflict unfolded.