16 January 2016

The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

★★★★★
“Feathers – no matter what size or shape or color – are all the same, if you think about them. They're soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is… they are very strong.” 

In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry – gone, without a trace.

Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks in depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.

Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.

Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.


Julie Cantrell’s newest novel The Feathered Bone packs quite the emotional punch, beginning with the disappearance of sixth-grader Sarah while on a school trip to pre-Katrina New Orleans. The novel then follows the subsequent emotional turmoil, after nobody is able to find her. In dealing with the loss and guilt of Sarah’s disappearance, as well as other difficult circumstances, The Feathered Bone offers a heartwrenching and tragic yet beautiful story, and Cantrell’s persistent characters are richly detailed and fascinatingly flawed. I loved reading this novel and could not put it down. I would highly recommend it to interested readers - it’s a worthwhile read.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a copy of The Feathered Bone and the opportunity to honestly review it. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. (I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

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