The Skeleton Box, a review


The Skeleton Box by Bryan Gruley

I loved Gruley’s previous book, The Hanging Tree, and was delighted when I received an ARC for this latest Starvation Lake Mystery.

I felt like I was visiting an old friend in a small town that I already knew a lot about. However, I had no idea what an adventure I was beginning as I started reading. Gus Carpenter, the reporter for the local newspaper, is not only curious about the series of so-called Bingo Night burglaries, but is drawn in deeply when one of these burglaries happens at his mother’s and her best friend is murdered.

One thing happens after another and as with the earlier book, a lot of what is going on is intertwined with the local youths’ ice hockey team. Layer after layer is peeled back and something that happened long ago is revealed, something that has great impact on the lives of many who are still living in or have returned to Starvation Lake.

This is one of those books that is difficult to put down once you start reading. Gruley did a great job with this one.
(An arc of this book was given to me by the publisher, Touchstone, a division of Simon and Schuster.)

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