The Bones of Paradise: A Novel
In The Bones of Paradise, J.B. Bennett and a young Native American girl named Star are murdered on J.B.’s land. His estranged wife, Dulcinea, and Star’s sister, Rose, come together on Bennett’s ranch to find out who did it and to mend some relationships. It’s already a fragile time between white people and the Native Americans, since it has only been ten years since the Wounded Knee Massacre. Ryland Graver is the one who finds the bodies. He’s lost everything, his wife and children to starvation and his ranch, but somehow he’s survived. At first he’s a suspect, but then he proves to be very useful, so Dulcinea keeps him on, which turns out to be a wise decision when the killer reveals themselves.
This book was a hard read for me. A great murder mystery and piece of historical fiction, but a difficult book. I say that because it is always hard to read about the horrific things my ancestors did to Native Americans and even what any human being is capable of doing to another. However, the author did an amazing job of staying as close to fact as possible and weaving a beautiful story of what life was like on the western frontier. Each character was fascinating and had such intricacy and depth to them. I would definitely recommend this book.
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