The Rattled Bones #2020

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

  • Title: The Rattled Bones
  • Author: S.M. Parker
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  • The Rattled Bones By S.M. Parker 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 betweeUnearthing 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 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.
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    1. S.M. Parker

      Shannon Parker lives on the Atlantic coast in a house full of boys She s traveled to over three dozen countries and has a few dozen to go She works in education and can usually be found rescuing dogs, chickens, old houses and wooden boats Shannon has a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and ridiculous laughter ideally, at the same time Find her at shannonmparker

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    1. 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 g [...]


    2. Content warnings Discussion and examination of historical racism and discrimination against impoverished groups Manipulation seen within a romantic relationship Loss of a parent Ghosts Fear of drowning.I m really uncertain of my feelings on this book It isn t bad, but it didn t live up to the expectations I had based on the synopsis I think I ll settle for 3.5 stars.What worked for me There were a few creepy lines that were delivered just right to give me chills This only happened maybe 3 times [...]


    3. 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.


    4. Equal parts beautiful and chilling, Shannon Parker s sopho novel will sweep you away to the icy waters and small coastal towns of Maine, where the past refuses to be ignored and family secrets are dredged to the surface with the day s catch Unputdownable, and like the roar of the sea once you ve heard it, unforgettable And if the blurb above isn t enough incentive for you to read this beauty, let me tell you some of the things that make this one of my all time top reads, starting with The haunti [...]


    5. 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 tr [...]


    6. In The Girl Who Fell, Shannon Parker established herself as a master at weaving a compelling story in a high stakes, thrilling ride of a read She does it again, superbly, in The Rattled Bones, where a haunting on the Maine coastline blurs the line between sanity and madness.High school graduate Rilla has been raised by her father and grandmother In this last summer before embarking for Brown on a full scholarship, her father s unexpected death causes Rilla to rethink her plans But it s than the [...]


    7. Ghosts and a deserted island and a girl raised on the ocean this book is everything I love EVERYTHING S.M Parker has either spent her entire life on a fishing boat off the coast of Maine, or she was a fisherman in a past life, because her lyrical prose had me firmly settled in this spooky coastal town I felt like I was with Rilla each time she set out on her boat, navigating buoys and low lying fog, hauling up lobster traps and feeling the sea spray on her face The author is masterful at craftin [...]


    8. I had a chance to read an advance copy of Shannon Parker s THE RATTLED BONES and I am so glad that I did This is a truly beautiful book The Maine setting is stunningly rendered, from the natural beauty of the land and sea to the hardships of life on a lobster boat, from the stubborn pride of people whose families have lived there for generations to the cycles of poverty and abuse that afflict modern teenagers in small towns But most vivid of all is the sense of history in the place, and the cons [...]


    9. I have no words.Okay, so maybe I can come up with a few Fair warning, though they will be insufficient.I ve never called a story exquisite Not once THE RATTLED BONES, though It s absolutely, painfully, artfully, unequivocally exquisite, with lines so lyrical that I read them two, three, even four times I m not even kidding The prologue itself deserves a standing ovation, and the rest of the story well, it s just as mesmerizing It s all grace and honesty and subtlety, yet all the while it somehow [...]


    10. In this chilling story of grief, ghosts, and secrets, Parker takes us on a journey that reveals a deep and unexpected connection between the past and the present Full of twists and turns, darkness and light, THE RATTLED BONES will stay with you long after you ve turned the last page Highly, highly, highly recommend this one I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


    11. Wow I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of THE RATTLED BONES and there aren t really enough words to describe how I felt after finishing it I adored S.M Parker s debut novel, THE GIRL WHO FELL, so I was anxious to get my hands on her newest masterpiece Let me tell you, I inhaled this book It stuck with me, latched itself to my heart in a way only the very best novels do THE RATTLED BONES was everything I d anticipated from S.M Parker, and Much This book has everything An authentic and [...]



    12. The Rattled Bones is one of those books that you read devour and long after the imagery sticks with you Shannon Parker wrote in such vivid detail that the scenes on the page came to life I had goosebumps and chills Rilla s story of discovering her island s tragic past is timeless The interactions between characters were engaging and mysterious, so I felt like the pacing skipped along seamlessly There wasn t one point where I wanted to put The Rattled Bones down But mostly I loved the story for h [...]


    13. I was very fortunate to get to read an early copy of THE RATTLED BONES I loved Shannon Parker s debut, THE GIRL WHO FELL, so I was very excited to see where she would take her readers next, and she did not disappoint Set on the Maine coast, THE RATTLED BONES centers around Rilla, a seventeen year old taking over her father s lobster boat after his recent death This is a story about loss, grief, and finding out where you belong, and yet it s also a spine chilling ghost story Parker s prose is hau [...]


    14. Desperately chilling beautiful A haunting tale of one community s forbidden secrets and a voice that refused to be silenced.This story had me from the first word I m a sucker for history, and even so for any work of fiction that weaves in aspects from true life events to explore land, culture, and people To make us ponder who we are, where we come from, and what our responsibilities are to both Who are we if we can not look back and reexamine humanities past to ensure we grow in humanity A ques [...]


    15. I did myself a favor by reading The Rattled Bones Shannon M Parker has once again created a masterpiece She flawlessly captures the eerie beauty of Maine and pulls back the curtain on a piece of history that has stayed hidden for too long Grieving the sudden death of her father, high school graduate Rilla Brae is still coming to terms with her loss when she begins to see a ghostly girl haunting the shores of an abandoned, yet history soaked island off the coast of Maine Before long, the island s [...]


    16. After devouring Parker s first book, The Girl Who Fell, I dove into The Rattled Bones with high expectations This book didn t disappoint Bones is creepy, gorgeous, and utterly absorbing I loved the incorporation of the history of Malaga Island I actually spent some time researching Malaga on my own after closing the book A fabulous read


    17. I made no secret of my adoration for Shannon Parker s debut, THE GIRL WHO FELL So when I got the chance to read her sopho novel early, I considered myself very lucky indeed And THE RATTLED BONES, a totally gorgeous and chilling read, exceeded all of my expectations This is a mysterious, deep, haunting story that feels wholly original and immersive Rilla is a main character who is so nuanced and complex that she is less of a character and a full fledged person you could know in real life This bo [...]


    18. Very few books that I ve read can be said to be both starkly earthy and gorgeously otherworldly all at the same time But in the Maine fishing town a richly envisioned setting that author Parker clearly knows with her whole heart where main character, seventeen year old lobster fisherwoman, Rilla s tale is set, this lovely combination of cruel reality is deftly interwoven with events and people long, long gone A suberb sopho effort by a masterful new author


    19. I confess, I am a wimp and the paranormal aspects of this book scared the crap out of me The rest of you brave souls will be fine, I m sure That being said, The Rattled Bones book is not simply horror fluff It is a lyrical story for our times Parker uses a musical language that invokes the coast of Maine while at the same time weaving themes related to marginalization and the result of the oppressed being written out of history.Rilla has finished high school and is supposed to go to college in t [...]


    20. Rilla Brae is officially my new favorite YA protagonist Rilla doesn t listen to maritime lore that claims a girl on a ship is bad luck She s a capable, tough as nails lobster fisherman and exactly the kind of protagonist I love to read This story made my little feminist heart beat faster Then there s the writing the gorgeous, sumptuous writing S.M Parker s prose is so elegant that the descriptions read like poetry The haunting itself is deliciously creepy and downright frightening, so much so th [...]


    21. A triumph Shannon Parker s astonishing second novel is a gripping, enthralling read that kept me awake at night first, as I rushed to finish it, then later, as I pondered its meaning and revisited it in my heart The author effortlessly pulls us into the rhythms of a small lobstering community, as the protagonist, Rilla, prepares to go off to college in the wake of her father s recent death But there are secrets hidden under the waters and in the sands of the abandoned island Rilla can see outsid [...]


    22. A haunting, thrilling, and beautiful ghost story, THE RATTLED BONES explores how a disturbing past can reverberate through the present in so many ways This is a novel full of fascinating multidimensional characters, starting of course with Rilla, the funny, independent, and empathic heroine The relationships here are sometimes complicated most prominently Rilla s relationship with her boyfriend Reed, even though the reader can see pretty quickly that he s gotta go and I loved that complexity as [...]


    23. This is a book that will stay with you long after you finish reading the last page It s hauntingly beautiful, with a compelling and heart wrenching mystery at its core The protagonist, Rilla Brae, is a perfect mix of vulnerability and strength, and readers will find themselves rooting for her at every turn.The setting a fishing village in Maine is so fully and richly portrayed that it is almost another character, and I was so enthralled with Parker s tale that I wanted to pack up and move to Ril [...]


    24. This book has the perfect balance of mystery, spine tingling suspense, and wonderfully rich descriptions that kept me up way past my bedtime I d tell myself if only read one chapter, then get pulled right back in The way Parker weaves together the history of Malaga with Rilla s need to discover why she continues seeing a girl on the abandoned island is so well done The friendship between her and Sam is so perfectly real and heartwarming and I couldn t help but love every page where they were to [...]


    25. The Rattled Bones another exceptional read by Shannon Parker Parker s lyrics are equal parts beautiful and haunting The story weaves the past and the present seamlessly, both informing the reader with measured intent Parker beautifully captures the heart and motivation of Rilla Brae The reader, along with Rilla, needs to learn the truth, but is equally scared to turn the page The pacing in this story makes it a read that s hard to put down So block off time, grab a chair, and settle in Highly re [...]


    26. OMG I was so LUCKY to have received an ARC of The Rattled Bones I read Shannon s first book The Girl Who Fell and absolutely fell in love with it, so I knew that I wouldn t be disappointed with her sopho novel and I was right This book was amazing I love how Shannon wove in elements of Maine s history, bone tingling suspense, mystery, and a touch of romance It was everything I expected and , and I highly recommend it to everyone Five stars for sure


    27. Sometimes it is easier to keep secrets than to live with our truth.The Rattled Bones was a poignant story about grief, family and the way the past can intertwine with our present.What I loved The grandmother granddaughter relationship It was just so sweet I love seeing involved parents and guardians in YA but it is even nicer when those relationships are both central to the story and beautifully written I loved their special bond over herbal remedies and teas and all their little rituals They we [...]


    28. There is a big difference between Young Adult fiction and books that happen to have a young adult protagonist Given the praise heaped upon this and the lyrical sounding summary I was hoping for the latter I was very wrong.This is the story of Rilla Brae because YA heroines must have a super special unique name , whose father has passed away only a few days before the start of the book Rilla Brae is a classic Mary Sue she is physically strong, adept at traditionally masculine tasks like fishing, [...]


    29. The Rattled Bones is a beautifully written ghost story about how the past can haunt us in different ways Wonderfully spooky and atmospheric, it s the kind of book that grabs you by the shoulders and doesn t let go even after you close the final page A fantastic read.


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