“Brooklyn Bones” has a carefully crafted plot. The crime is thought to have occurred in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The author does a good job of taking the reader back to that era through Erica’s research. She gives the audience a sense of how neighborhoods develop, grow, and change over a period of time. Her inclusion of three generations in the book--those of Erica, her father, and her daughter--allow her to demonstrate how relationships evolve over time as well. It evokes a strong sense of nostalgia with which many readers will relate.
Overall, this book is quite good. There are many interesting characters in the story. From the construction worker to the crazy lady who wanders through the neighborhood to an old family friend, Erica has a variety of sources from whom to draw information. While the history of the neighborhood was interesting, there were times when the research became a bit monotonous. There is also a great deal of editing that needs to be done before the book is released.
“Brooklyn Bones” by Triss Stein is written for an adult female audience. It will resonate most with those who are middle-aged and are sentimental about “the good old days.” There is a strong focus on relationships, both platonic and romantic. The mystery of what happened to the deceased girl and the investigation of possible cover-ups and suspects add depth to the story. It is definitely worth reading.
Poisoned Pen Press (2013)
Reviewed by Leslie Granier for Reader Views (12/12)