Hannah Ives is a woman in turmoil. Recently laid off from her job, she is recovering from a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Her 20-something daughter has run off again, and her husband Paul, a Naval Academy professor, has been accused by one of his female students of sexual overtures. To get away from it all, she goes to stay with her sister-in-law Connie.

One day, while taking Connies dog for a walk, the dog discovers human remains. The body is that of Lisa Dunbar, a teenager who disappeared after the homecoming dance 10 years earlier.

Hannah feels that if she can get to the bottom of the girls death it will somehow be as if she were making peace with her own daughter. Connie is willing to participate if it will mean something to Hannah. Neither woman realizes the long-buried secrets they are about to uncover, which might very well cost them their own lives.

SING IT TO HER BONES is an excellent first novel with a unique, gutsy heroine. Hannahs physical and emotional battles are involving and realistic. Readers will find themselves cheering for her as she endeavors to solve a crime and move on with her life. (Aug., 304 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg