Island of Bones Book Summary and Study Guide

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It started out as a harmless investigation into the life of an ordinarily boring librarian for Louis. But after the skull of a baby and the body of a young woman are found, this case becomes more complicated. These discoveries reopen cold case files that span over three decades. All the casefiles are of women presumed dead. During the investigation, Louis must team up with P.O. Mel Landetta. The resoulution of this case involves deep buried family secrets and a mysterious island.
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The review of this Book prepared by Evert Borgia

After a hurricane sweeps up the Gulf Coast of Florida, private investigator Louis Kincaid finds an infant's skull on the beach, and a day later a young woman's body, felled by two shots in the back, turns up on a nearby island. Louis Kincaid is hired by a woman who fears her father may be involved in some way. At first, the man appears to be just what he is...a mild librarian who leads a quiet life. Asked to assist in the police investigation in an unofficial manner, Louis turns up information about other missing women, and realizes that the woman knows more than she is telling him about her father.
The review of this Book prepared by Betty Koffman

Chapter Analysis of Island of Bones

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 65%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 15% Tone of story    -   very upbeat    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Special suspect?    -   relative Murder of certain profession?    -   "All in the family" murder Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   wilderness action/adventure Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Race    -   Black


Forest?    -   Yes Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   food/shelter preoccupation    -   Atlantic Ocean Island City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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