“A truth so big, I didn’t know where to keep it.
So I stuffed it further down inside where it stirs with all the lies.”
old by a tart-tongued young woman with a love of Springsteen,
LIES IN BONE is a story of loss, resilience, and long-buried truths that culminates in a shocking eleventh-hour reveal and an emotionally charged finale.
On Halloween night in 1963, eleven-year-old Chuck Coolidge and his six-year-old brother Danny are lost in a cloak of toxic smog blanketing the steel-town of Slippery Elm, Pennsylvania. When the smog lifts, half the town is sick and twenty people are dead. And Danny is missing.
Now, over twenty years later, Chuck's teenage daughter Frank plots escape from this “nowhere town.” When a young girl is found in the river, murdered, with human bite marks on her abdomen, investigators link the crime to the disappearance of Danny in ’63, and Chuck becomes the chief suspect in both cases. As Frank battles to prove her father’s innocence and keep her sister Boots from the hands of the state, she’s led to discover the painful truth about Danny’s disappearance.
LIES IN BONE is a revelatory look at Frank’s struggle to hold onto her family in the face of her worst fears. Natalie Symons' debut novel is a gritty coming-of-age tale of hope and redemption, fueled with dark secrets involving love, murder, and how we interpret the truth.