This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Rebecca Burns. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Bishop’s Girl by Rebecca Burns
Genres: Literary Fiction
Release Date: September 18, 2016
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Source: Author, Rebecca Burns
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The body had no name. It was not supposed to be there...
Jess is a researcher on a quest to give the one-hundred-year-old skeleton, discovered in the exhumed grave of a prominent bishop, an identity. But she's not sure of her own - her career is stalling, her marriage is failing. She doesn't want to spend hours in the archives, rifling through dusty papers in an endless search for a name. And when a young man named Hayden makes clear his interest in her, Jess has to decide what is most important to her.
I was intrigued at the start of this story. A group of men are gathered around a grave, waiting for a coffin to be revealed. Desecrating a grave is no little thing and everyone is a bit edgy. Then the diggers hit something, but it is not what they expect. It is a soft material; something is in this material. There is a woman wrapped in a tarp laid atop the casket and everyone at the scene is truly bewildered. Why is she there? Who is she? What was the purpose of laying her on top? All these questions and more are percolating through the small crowd. Then a choice is made. Take the Bishop and leave the woman but before she can be interred one of the men jumps down and takes a single bone from the hand of the mystery woman as proof. Proof of a mystery most foul.
Intrigue much? Oh yes, I was very intrigued at the start of this story. I enjoy a good mystery especially when trying to discover an identity of a long dead person. So many avenues a story can take, delightful! Cheers to this piece of the story! From the get go you are swept into the story. The twists and turns and some seemingly dead ends make for a fascinating read. Once things start to pick up with the mystery the story is told through past-present time transitions and it was absolutely lovely. I was intrigued right until the end. The completion of this story is not one that you could have predicted with certainty but it is a bittersweet satisfaction once the truth is revealed.
There is another piece to this story. The present-day portion. Jess is a researcher who is a bit bitter about where she is in her career. She has no happiness. Not in her job, not in her marriage, not in her person. She is just stuck on the treadmill of life. After the initial prologue, it was a slow read for me as I learned more about Jess’s life. It was well written and realistic. I did feel as if the character could be a person I know. I just did not find that portion really entertaining. She was quite predictable in her judgements.
As the story goes on it picks up. Jess starts to find her mojo again and it inspires her to really make an effort into solving the mystery of the unknown woman. That is where my interest peaked again. Her character has development throughout the story and by the end you are in great like with her and wishing her all the best. So, for me I loved the mystery solving portion but personally didn’t vibe with the whole adultery, my life is a mess portion. Which makes me torn. In the end, I have to recommend this story because the portion that did not capture me is just based upon personal preference. It was a wonderful read!
*Thank you to Rebecca Burns for this complimentary copy of The Bishop’s Girl*