Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Review: Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley (Flavia De Luce, Book 5)
Review: It was a delight to once again go along with Flavia as she navigates her life - and the solving of a murder. We learn more about Harriet and her life at Buckshaw. We see the subtle changes in Flavia's sisters, how they are growing, maturing, as is Flavia. And Mr. de Luce - we see the burden he holds begin to take their toll. As with all these books, this feels more like an episode in a longer story. And the ending - it's brutal. If I had to wait for the next book in the serious, I might have exploded.
As other's have noted, Bradley seems to be moving away from the mystery as the center of the story and more towards Flavia's relationship with her family, and her own maturation. Much of the book centered on her navigating the impending changes to her life - namely, the selling of Buckshaw. The mystery was slightly fantastic to believe, but, since it wasn't the real focus,it simply added an interested back drop for Flavia's explorations. As always, the colorful cast of characters populated the play, making Bradley's work delightful. I highly recommend this, as I do all of these novels.
Book: 7 of 10
Year Published: 2013
Date Finished; 4-28-2016