Review: Skeletal by Katherine Hayton


3 stars

Read on October 19, 2015 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Three months before she died Daina Harrow faced a bully at school.
Six weeks before she died Daina Harrow suffered an assault in the park.
One week before she died Daina Harrow stole a secret people had killed to hide.

That was ten years ago. Ten long years.

Now, her bones have been found on a building site. A coroner’s inquest has been reopened. A parade of witnesses is about to start.
And Daina’s here. Watching every day as her mother cries in the courtroom. Watching every day as her friends, and her enemies, and her killers lie about her on the stand.
Watching, and making sure that no matter what the coroner hears, you know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

So help you God.

Bookish Things: 266 pages. The cover is delightful and quite fitting.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.55 or paperback for $15.99

My Review: 


An interesting look into murder, teen mental illness and the effects that alcoholism in a single parent can have on a child.

Skeletal takes the reader on a journey with the protagonist Daina, she retells parts of her recent past, parts of her distant past and bares witness to the reopening of the coroner’s inquest into her death.

This is possible, because Daina’s dead. And has been for ten years. The present day timeline is the trail of witnesses, friends and professionals that come to talk about Daina’s last days alive, and to try and determine how and when she died. I must admit that initially I had to fight off visions of this:


Stifling my absurd mental images of skeletons…The bulk of the story is set in 2004, at the time in Daina’s life where a lot of disturbing events occurred. Pairing these events with an absent, alcoholic single parent, and Daina’s own blossoming mental health concerns, sees the reader in for an interesting read.

I wondered at times if Daina was an unreliable narrator, the outlandishness of some of the events were truly spectacular.

I, like a number of reviewers it seems all felt the same about the newly added sub-plot about 50% of the way through the book. It was completely left field and left me feeling ambushed by something that just didn’t fit the story.


Despite this random event, I felt that the majority of the story was well written and the concepts and research that would have gone into developing the story, solid.

One seriously glaring issue needs to be address though. The complete lack of regard the school principal and the others in the administration had was appalling.


**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book through Bostick Communication in exchange for an honest review**

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