The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker

The Rattled Bones

Unearthing years of buried secrets, Rilla Brae is haunted by ghostly visions tied to the tainted history of a mysterious island in this haunting novel from the author of The Girl Who Fell.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 betwee...

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Number of Pages:304 pages

The Rattled Bones Reviews

  • Adriana Mather

    Simply fantastic! For months after you read the last page of this lyrical story, you will still hear the song of the sea and wonder what mysteries remain on small seaside islands.

    This magical and mournful tale of self-discovery joins newly graduated Rilla Brae as she struggles with the death of her father and her uncertain future. She discovers all is not as it seems in this sleepy seaside Maine village when a ghost leads her to explore a neighboring deserted island that was the site of a great

    Simply fantastic! For months after you read the last page of this lyrical story, you will still hear the song of the sea and wonder what mysteries remain on small seaside islands.

    This magical and mournful tale of self-discovery joins newly graduated Rilla Brae as she struggles with the death of her father and her uncertain future. She discovers all is not as it seems in this sleepy seaside Maine village when a ghost leads her to explore a neighboring deserted island that was the site of a great tragedy that will rock her world.

    This beautifully crafted book has it all: mystery and romance; discovery and loss; and the struggle between tradition and personal growth. Will Rilla Brae be able to answer the call of the past and avoid the insanity that destroyed her mother?

  • Kathleen Glasgow

    A smart, thrilling, intelligent exploration of grief and memory. The book is scary, wild, feminist, and interesting in all the best ways. She's created an excellent character in teen lobster boat captain Rilla; the terrain of Maine is explored fully and sensitively. You'll read this book for it's intelligent prose and smart pacing; you'll also get some some serious scares and thrills.

  • Fran

    Rilla Brae will be leaving coastal Maine in the fall when she heads to Rhode Island's Brown University. Rilla has been her dad Jonathan's sternman on the family lobster boat since age four. Jonathan's sudden death has devastated Rilla and her gram who raised her. She feels the heavy burden performing her dad's job of setting lobster traps and delivering the daily catch to the Yankee Fishermen's Coop. There are fishermen like Old Man Benner who want to "bully" her and take over her designated fis

    Rilla Brae will be leaving coastal Maine in the fall when she heads to Rhode Island's Brown University. Rilla has been her dad Jonathan's sternman on the family lobster boat since age four. Jonathan's sudden death has devastated Rilla and her gram who raised her. She feels the heavy burden performing her dad's job of setting lobster traps and delivering the daily catch to the Yankee Fishermen's Coop. There are fishermen like Old Man Benner who want to "bully" her and take over her designated fishing grounds. Rilla has been taught independence and has difficulty asking for help. Help is exactly what she needs.

    It is hard enough being a teenager. Rilla's challenges include coming to terms with her dad's death,

    trying to meet the lobster poundage required to produce a living wage and stroking a sensitive, possessive boyfriend.

    While lobster fishing, Rilla notices a wooden boat at uninhabited Malaga Island. She hears a haunting melody and sees the glimpse of a girl. When a USM research boat with summer intern Sam Taylor ropes off a dig site on Malaga Island, Rilla is determined to help investigate the island mystery. Once home to a poor but self sustaining fishing community, what happened to the islanders? Malaga Island has secrets, shameful secrets. Ghosts from the past unsettle Rilla.

    "The Rattle Bones" by S.M. Parker is a superb tome on many levels. A landlubber can experience life as a lobster fishermen. Rilla is taught never to trust a quiet sea. She mourns her father's death, deals with a needy boyfriend and eerie ghosts from the past. Ms. Parker's historical novel seamlessly flows as Rilla navigates the complexities of her life. I highly recommend "The Rattle Bones"

    Thank you Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon Pulse and Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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