Bone Deep – Sandra Ireland

What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person?

The consequences threaten to be far-reaching and potentially deadly. Bone Deep is a contemporary novel of sibling rivalry, love, betrayal and murder. It is a dual narrative, told in alternative chapters by Mac, a woman bent on keeping the secrets of the past from her only son, and the enigmatic Lucie, whose own past is something of a closed book. Their story is underpinned by the creaking presence of an abandoned water mill, and haunted by the local legend of two long-dead sisters, themselves rivals in love, and ready to point an accusing finger from the pages of history.



My review

No matter what or how, the truth always catches up …

This is quite a surprising story. When you read the blurb of a book, your mind already takes you in a certain direction. The least I can say that my inner GPS was totally wrong. Of course, you get the right indications during the story and some things became clear maybe sometimes a bit too soon.

The book has something for everyone. Do you like it to be about love? You’ve got it. Or do you enjoy a legend? This box is ticked as well. Maybe murder and betrayal is more your kind of story? Well, you will find it here too.

The story is told by the two main characters, Mac and Lucie who have (had) to deal with love, jealousy, betrayal. Some people know when to stop. Others might take it a step to far … 3,5 stars.

Thank you Sandra Ireland, Polygon and Love Books Group


About the author

Sandra Ireland was born in Yorkshire, lived for many
years in Limerick, and is now based in Scotland. She
began her writing career as a correspondent on a local
newspaper but quickly realised that fiction is much more
intriguing than fact. She returned to higher education
her 40s, to study for undergraduate and postgraduate
degrees at Dundee University. In 2016 she won Creative
Scotland funding for a residency at Barry Mill, a National
Trust for Scotland property. Her debut novel was Beneath
the Skin (Polygon, 2016). She lives in Carnoustie and is
available for interview.