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Bone Deep

by Sandra Ireland

Books of the Month Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Bone Deep

A siren-like read, the storyline simply swallowed me whole, it created such tension I could not stop reading! Mac a retired history lecturer who specialises in folklore and oral tradition hires Lucie who is running away from her life, as her Girl-Friday. As the story reveals itself, so does a threatening and deadly presence. The sense of foreboding sent shivers down my arms. While this is a very modern story, it has the feel of a twisted ghostly fairytale as a deep dark power weaves through the pages. Both Mac and Lucie tell their own tales, while another story ensures the past shimmers ever closer, before crashing into the present. I also adored Sandra Ireland’s debut ‘Beneath the Skin’, her writing has the ability to seduce, while creating a slicing piercing energy. I feel as though I was fated to read ‘Bone Deep’, that our paths were meant to cross, it is a chilling, yet absolute treasure of a book - highly recommended.

Liz Robinson

Bone Deep Synopsis

What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person? The consequences threaten to be far-reaching and potentially deadly. Bone Deep is a contemporary novel of sibling rivalry, love, betrayal and murder. This is the story of two women: Mac, who is bent on keeping the secrets of the past from her only son, and the enigmatic Lucie, whose past is something of a closed book. Their story is underpinned by the creaking presence of an abandoned water mill, and haunted by the local legend of two long-dead sisters, themselves rivals in love, and ready to point an accusing finger from the pages of history.

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Bone Deep Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Creepy, tense and with a sense of foreboding that builds and builds, leaving the reader breathless. Full review

Angie Rhodes

A sinister tale with a predictable plot. Full review

Lisa Davies

A legend of the past has a hold of the present. Full review

Lynn Johnson

The descriptive writing in this novel takes the reader into the scene of the action, often heart in mouth as the narrative becomes darker. It's the book equivalent of hiding behind the settee and peeping out through your fingers. I loved it! Full review

Pauline Braisher

Seems like a nice happy story, but becomes very dark. Completely unputdownable. I shall be looking for more novels by Sandra Ireland, a fabulous storyteller. Full review

Amanda O'Dwyer

An eerie story full of secrets and lies that will keep you gripped throughout. It has interesting characters and a brilliant plot that will keep you hooked. Full review

Sally Doel

Two sisters. A broken bond and secrets as old as time. Full review

Bev Farningham

Every one in this book has a secret they are keeping hidden from everyone else. A Gothic tale steeped in spine-chilling atmosphere it swept me along with it. Full review

Teresa O'Halloran

I opened 'Bone Deep' and settled down for a long session. By page eight I was sitting up, suddenly gripped by what promised to be a thrilling read. It does not disappoint! Full review

Kathy Martin

Great read, Definitely worth reading!!!! Full review


A gothic tale of infidelity and betrayal and what happens when you make the wrong choices. A galloping good read. Full review

Bernadette Scott

A twisty spooky psychological thriller where the past and present collide and death is never far away. Full review

Sarah Jones

Sandra Ireland could make watching paint dry sound interesting. One of those books that you really want to finish but really don’t. Full review

Rachel Aygin

I loved this book. It is a compelling and very intense psychological thriller based on obsessive love and betrayal. It links secrets past and present to a dramatic conclusion. Full review

Fiona Rothery

Bone Deep seeps right into you, imbuing the reader with an inescapable sense of growing unease as local legend is told, more recent secrets are revealed and women unravel. Full review

Kathryn Eastman

Compelling, interesting well written book which is very hard to put down. A mix of old and new, young and old mixed together. An excellent read you will never forget and will really enjoy reading Full review

Laura Jones

A cleverly written thriller with an intense menacing atmosphere. Full review

Annie Day

An atmospheric and interesting story which I thoroughly enjoyed. Full review

Jillian McFrederick

An atmospheric and obsessively compulsive read which is a refreshing departure from the norm. Full review

Sarah Harper

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was provoking, dark, at times it made my heart race, and I leapt through the last pages to find out what happened. Full review

Lou Woods

A taut, psychological, gothic thriller mirroring a tale of folklore and a modern day relationship between two very different women. Full review

Sharon Wood

A slow burner! Full review

Alison Greenacre

A gripping read for your summer holidays. Full review


The novel examines timeless human emotions, such as rivalry and betrayal, which draw together the three narratives: Lucie's, Mac's and the ancient Northumbrian murder ballad of the Two Sisters. Full review

Cheryl Pasquier

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ISBN: 9781846974182
Publication date: 05/07/2018
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846974182
Publication date: 5th July 2018
Author: Sandra Ireland
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense,

About Sandra Ireland

Sandra Ireland was born in Yorkshire, lived for many years in Limerick, and is now based in Carnoustie. In 2013 Sandra was awarded a Carnegie-Cameron scholarship to study for an MLitt in Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee, graduating with a distinction in 2014. Her work has appeared in various publications and women’s magazines. 

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