Faulty Bones – J M Fraser Review

Destined love thwarted by a supernatural con game.

Two bankrupt card players, lured by black magic and a casino-chip counterfeiting scam, get lost within the folds of a world no longer true.

Faulty Bones follows the journey of Mike and Amy–a couple of restless drifters who misdirect their anchors to the shifty part of town. Can they overcome her gambling addiction and his tenuous grasp of reality to find their way back on the grid? A pair of scheming mobsters, a demonic con man, and a series of ripples in the sands of time won’t make the going easy.

Nothing proves to be as it seems in this novel, and that’s the essence of a good scam. Are you a clever enough detective to guess the secrets before they’re revealed?

Why did I pick this up?: Casinos, gambling, demons. Need I say more? It sounded like a really great fantasy style read.

Good points: Well, once again this was a book with an interesting premise. Time travel, a noir fiction side, and poker! The story has plenty of humour and a fun-loving side, too!

Quibbles: The first few chapters were just plain confusing. I know what the author was trying to do (write one narrative going backwards and the other going forwards), but it didn’t work for me. It’s a very difficult thing to do and they didn’t pull it off. The romance felt odd, to me, and the story crawled until about half way through, when it finally got going a little.

Overall (TL;DR): It’s a good book in a lot of ways, but you really have to stick with it and persevere through the confusing and slow beginning.

-K Hart

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