We wrapped up our Summer 2017 cover reveals a few weeks ago (#RivetedRevealSU17) but there are some great SU17 YA still to come and S. M. Parker’s The Rattled Bones (August 22, 2017) is surely one of them!
You may recall Parker’s much-buzzed debut novel The Girl Who Fell from earlier this year. Landing on several “Best of” lists and earning praise from authors like Carrie Jones (“Cinematic and compelling, Parker’s The Girl Who Fell is terrifyingly vivid and breathless”) and Marci Lyn Curtis (“The Girl Who Fell grabbed me in the very first paragraph and never let me go. An honest, raw, thought-provoking story that tackles a heartbreaking issue with grace and strength. Absolutely beautiful.”), Parker’s dark spin on a YA love story really connected with readers.
The striking cover for Parker’s follow-up, The Rattled Bones, was just revealed moments ago over on Bustle and it promises to ramp up the psychological suspense from its predecessor. The Rattled Bones is a haunting mystery that tells the story of Rilla Brae, a Lobsterwoman who takes up the wheel of her father’s fishing boat after his death, all the while haunted by ghostly visions tied to the tainted history of a mysterious island….
Intrigued? Scope out the cover below and then read on for our exclusive sneak peek! And if you like what you see/read, add it to to your TBR pile over on Goodreads!
About the Book:
Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant.
Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl has appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about—if they know about it at all—due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there—an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam’s work and the ghostly girl’s song lure Rilla to the island’s shores.
As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island’s many secrets, Rilla’s visions grow—until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it’s a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla’s past.