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The Bone Seeker

An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery

McGrath, M. J., 1964-

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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"Edie Kiglatuk works as a summer school teacher in the Canadian Arctic. When one of her female students is found dead in nearby Lake Turngaluk, Edie enlists the help of Sergeant Derek Palliser to pursue the case, promising the girl's Inuit family that they will uncover the truth. Meanwhile, lawyer Sonia Gutierrez investigates the toxicity of the lake and suspects that there might be a larger conspiracy involved"-- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, 2014
ISBN: 0670785806 (hbk.)
9780670785803 (hbk.)
Branch Call Number: M MCGRATH
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 24 cm
Alternate Title: Boneseeker

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Mar 10, 2015

“Never judge a book by its cover” is one of the first stories children learn about reading, but it’s a saying that goes both ways. On the front we have a terrifying visage of a mask and a serrated knife, probably indicating that this is going to be a murder mystery featuring some sort of serial killer. But this book takes the laughter out of manslaughter, which means I didn’t like it.
I am all for embracing our country’s roots and cultures, but the native-Canadian aspect seemed shoved into my face too fast during the exposition. What is a qalunaat? What’s a unaqati? If the author had been so kind as to provide definitions in the footnotes like some other novels do, this sin may have been forgiven. With these interruptions of the English language very frequent in the novel, almost every page, it breaks the flow of reading like a pick through the ice- sudden, abrupt, and unsubtle.
I will give credit where credit is due by saying some positivity about McGrath’s “The Bone Seeker”- it paints a very nice image of life in the Canadian arctic for the natives. How much of this is true I don’t know, but it’s very nice to remind oneself with all of the luxuries we have by living so far south, even as minor as heated homes.
Note that these reviews of mine are personal opinion, and also note that I lacked the endurance to read this past page 41. If I could improve this book slightly, I would change the names of characters to make them a bit more… recognizable. It’s kind of hard to distinguish characters when all the names are the same shade of confusing to you.
I would rate this three polar bears out of ten.

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