Unraveling the Mysteries of "Root and Bone" by Jessica Raney

Published 12 Apr 2024
by Anca Antoci

Title: Root and Bone
Author: Jessica Raney
Released: 14.05.2024
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Our review:
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Today I’m discussing a book that will hit the shelves soon enough, on May 14th, “Root and Bone” by Jessica Raney. 

If you’re drawn to the mystical allure of witches, the eerie charm of Appalachian towns, and the spine-tingling intrigue of murder mysteries laced with supernatural elements, then Jessica Raney’s “Root and Bone” might just be your next captivating read.

Book description from the back cover

Leona Monroe and her sister, Jewel Spencer, live in Ames, a sleepy little Appalachian town where nothing much happens. When it does, everyone knows everything—at least they think they do. The Spencer sisters have more insight. They come from a long line of Granny Women—healers, confidence keepers, and powerful magic wielders—able to see into the future, manipulate the natural world around them, and commune with the dead.

When a girl is brutally murdered, it’s clear the local law enforcement has no idea what’s really at play. So it falls on Leona and Jewel to dig deeper into the mystery. In the middle of the investigation, strangers come to Ames who prove powerful and dangerous, setting Leona and Jewel at odds with dark magic, vengeful ghosts, and each other.

With the help of a friendly spirit, the vast knowledge of their mentor, Granny Kay, and their own powerful magic, Leona and Jewel must work together to counter the evil descending upon their town. But their insecurities and fears prevent them from stopping another murder. They need to get it together. If their magic and sister bond isn’t strong enough, their town will fall to darkness along with everything they hold dear.

My review

Step into the quaint yet mysterious town of Ames, nestled in the Appalachian hills, where the lives of the enigmatic Spencer Sisters unfold against the backdrop of post-WWII America. Leona and Jewel, descendants of a long line of witches, find themselves thrust into a chilling murder investigation that shakes the very foundations of their tight-knit community.

Raney skillfully weaves together elements of cozy fantasy and gothic suspense, creating a narrative that enchants and unsettles in equal measure. As Leona and Jewel dig into the town’s secrets, you get a mix of tragic pasts, spooky encounters, and the excitement of solving a crime.

One of the book’s strengths lies in its portrayal of the complex bond between the Spencer Sisters. Raney really knows how to capture the ups and downs of sisterhood, making the story feel real and emotional. Jewel is such a captivating character, her inner struggles and unwavering strength really get to you.

However, there are moments where the pacing falters. While the mystery unfurls with tantalizing precision, the conclusion appears hasty, leaving you desiring more interaction with the culprit and a more extensive exploration of the aftermath. Additionally, the narrative occasionally feels overstuffed with plot points, detracting from the focus on the central storyline.

Despite these minor flaws, “Root and Bone” remains an engaging and immersive read from start to finish. Raney’s vivid prose and atmospheric setting draws you into a world where magic and mystery collide, captivating you and compelling you to turn pages until the final revelation.

In conclusion, “Root and Bone” offers a spellbinding journey into the heart of sisterhood, magic, and small-town secrets. While it may stumble slightly in its execution, its compelling characters and evocative storytelling make it a must-read for fans of supernatural mysteries and tales of familial bonds.

So, brew yourself a cup of tea, settle into your favorite reading nook, and prepare to be whisked away on a journey where the line between reality and enchantment blurs with every turn of the page. “Root and Bone” awaits, ready to cast its spell and transport you to a world where magic lurks in the shadows and mysteries abound.

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