Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles

Before I get into the details of this book, I want to say that I am a mood reader and have a very hard time getting into books from time to time. Most of the time it is not the book, but my emotional state or how stressed I am about things in my life that cause me to not be able to dive into a book. So it is with sorrow that I have to say I cannot write a review about The Bone Tree at this time. I still plan to read it, but try as I might I could not keep with the book long enough to complete reading it in time for this tour. However, I shall still be reviewing it once I am able to complete it. 

I'm about 50ish pages into the book and what I have read of it is very interesting. Who doesn't love a good conspiracy? I did notice that even though this is a second in a series, the author gives enough background as to not feel completely lost in the storyline. I think picking up Natchez Burning could help, but I do not think it would be necessary to enjoy The Bone Tree on it's own.

Now don't think I'll leave you hanging about a book I still need to read... the tour via TLC Book Tours is filled with great  reviews and posts from my fellow tour hosts and you can check out their posts here.

Always With A Book actually listened to the audiobook version and her review is amazing, so perhaps when I give this another try I'll listen to the audio version!

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles
Published: April 21, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Pages: 816
Received: for honest review via publisher and TLC Book Tours
Find online: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | IndieBound

Greg Iles continues the electrifying story begun in his smash New York Times bestseller Natchez Burning in this highly anticipated second installment of an epic trilogy of blood and race, family and justice, featuring Southern lawyer Penn Cage.

Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancee, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi's most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody wasn't the true leader of the Double Eagles. The puppeteer who actually controls the terrorist group is a man far more fearsome: the chief of the state police's Criminal Investigations Bureau, Forrest Knox.

The only way Penn can save his father, Dr. Tom Cage--who is fleeing a murder charge as well as corrupt cops bent on killing him--is either to make a devil's bargain with Knox or destroy him. While Penn desperately pursues both options, Caitlin uncovers the real story behind a series of unsolved civil rights murders that may hold the key to the Double Eagles' downfall. The trail leads her deep into the past, into the black backwaters of the Mississippi River, to a secret killing ground used by slave owners and the Klan for over two hundred years . . . a place of terrifying evil known only as "the bone tree."

The Bone Tree is an explosive, action-packed thriller full of twisting intrigue and deadly secrets, a tale that explores the conflicts and casualties that result when the darkest truths of American history come to light. It puts us inside the skin of a noble man who has always fought for justice--now finally pushed beyond his limits.

Just how far will Penn Cage, the hero we thought we knew, go to protect those he loves?

About the Author:
Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi, and studied the American novel under acclaimed southern writer Willie Morris at the University of Mississippi. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of thirteen New York Times bestsellers, and his new trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, and #1 New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Punchbowl. Iles’s novels have been made into films and published in more than thirty-five countries. He is a member of the lit-rock group “The Rock Bottom Remainders” and lives in Natchez with his two teenaged children.


  1. That's the problem with scheduled reviews - a book is always going to be better if you can read it in the right mood.

    1. I think I miss reading just for reading. Funny thing is something I'm not into one day will totally be the best book ever on a different day. That's why I don't give star ratings. ;)

  2. I've been contemplating picking up Natchez Burning

    1. I saw it at Costco tonight actually in paperback... almost grabbed it, but decided on a different book instead. II'll probably borrow it from the library and read it before I give this one another try.

  3. Thanks for being a part of the tour.

    1. Thank you for still having me, even though I didn't finish the book yet. Funny enough this post seems to have had more traffic than some of my reviews lately. Go figure! ;)


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