The Feathered Bone
Author: Julie Cantrell
Publication Date: January 26th, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Synopsis: In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.
Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks in depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.
Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.
Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.
The Feathered Bone isn’t my usual genre, that’s for sure. It isn’t young adult, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but I had seen some really great reviews, so I thought I would give it a try. I don’t read much Christian fiction, but this book was pretty good and I almost forgot what genre it was, because I was so immersed in the story.
The Feathered Bone is a story of grief, loss, and learning to cope when everything feels like it’s falling apart. The main character, Amanda, watches her daughter sink into a horrible depression after her best friend goes missing, and Amanda’s husband becomes destructive, which adds more to the family’s pain and suffering.
While searching for her daughter’s friend, Sarah, Amanda finds herself also searching for a purpose in life and a meaning to everything that she feels is falling apart around her.
The characters in this book were pretty well written, and I found myself turning pages in this book well into the night. It was a bit of a longer read for me, since it isn’t my usual genre and I didn’t want to rush through it, but it was definitely worth reading.
Watching Amanda search for something bigger than herself and the problems she was facing was inspiring, and the whole novel was deep and meaningful.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.