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Psychological thriller set in the Colorado Rocky Mountains

11th August 2021

Tall Bones by Anna Bailey, psychological thriller set in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Psychological thriller set in the Colorado Rocky Mountains

Tall Bones is set in a place that epitomises the unpleasant side of small town America. There is a homophobic, racist, fire and brimstone preacher presiding over a pretty strange community. An outwardly respectable mill owner who is desperate for his son to win a sports scholarship to college, and who has a penchant for teenage girls. A Vietnam war veteran, greatly troubled by what he witnessed there, now beating his children into a fear of God. A Mexican family, minus the father who was driven from the town in a racist attack a few years back. And the local drug dealer – a Romanian gypsy (who doesn’t exactly fit in…) and lives in a trailer park.

When a teenage girl goes missing in the woods after a party – and is presumed dead – there is thus no shortage of suspects. What follows is a great psychological thriller as false trails are laid and fear and suspicion take over the town. An evening curfew on the children is imposed. Mob rule takes over (aided by a pretty complacent police department). Acts of violence are committed against those who turn out to be innocent. Slowly the story unfolds, one clue at a time, until the murderer is exposed.

Tall Bones is a quite scary book. It’s easy to see how rumours and suspicions circulate in a small and frightened community. Old angers and mistrust come again to the fore. The town will never be the same again.

Definitely recommended for those who enjoy a good psychological thriller.

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