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In Her Bones

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,058 ratings  ·  369 reviews
Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction, media frenzy, and the release of an unauthorized biography, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie Beckett is just trying to survive out of the spotlight. She’s a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job and an unhealthy codependent relationship with her brother.

Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Atria Books
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Holly  B (semi-hiatus until Jan)
This is my third Kate Moretti novel and I am a big fan of her writing style. This one has a dark and twisted theme. I reads just like a true crime story . I recently (today actually) saw a Dr. Phil episode where he interviewed a woman whose father is a notorious serial killer. In the novel, Edie is the daughter of a woman who is a convicted serial killer. Well, it gets even more twisted when Edie gets too close to someone connected to one of her mother's victims. Say what?!!

It definitely gets in
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
In Her Bones by Kate Moretti is a thriller that tackles the question of just what might happen with the families that a killer has left behind. Family and friends often are quoted with saying they had no idea as the suspect can live a perfectly normal life around their crimes. 

Fifteen years ago Lilith Wade was arrested and tried for the brutal murders of six women and sent to a maximum security prison. The families of the victims were not the only ones left behind after Lilith's conviction, Lili
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
What’s it like to grow up the daughter of a serial killer? Would it be at all possible to lead a normal life? A husband? Children? A regular 9-5 job?
Edie was 15 when her mother Lilith was arrested, and has remained obsessed with the case ever since.
Over the years Edie has silently and stealthily kept tabs on the loved ones of Lilith’s deadly rampage.

When the husband of one of Lilith’s victims is found dead, Edie suddenly becomes the prime suspect! Is she following in her mother’s footstep
Miriam Smith
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbc
I haven't read any books by bestselling author Kate Moretti before but thanks to a friend I do own "The Vanishing Year" which I'm looking forward to reading too. Her latest book "In Her Bones" is a superb thriller following the daughter of a convicted serial killer who finds herself at the centre of a murder investigation.
I was very impressed with Kate's writing, it was easy to follow and wasn't complicated or complex and with a eye catching storyline that I was attracted to straight away.
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

I really enjoyed “The Vanishing Year” by this author and was anxious to read her newest book, I was a bit disappointed.

30 year old Edie Beckett is trying to get her life together. Fifteen years previously her mother, Lilith, was arrested for the deaths of six women. She was obviously very traumatized by this event and the media frenzy. Now there is an unauthorized biography of her mother and she is just trying to stay out of the limelight. She is a recovering alcoholic and has an unhealthy co-de
Sep 05, 2018 marked it as lost-interested
DNF @ 35%
It took me the whole day to read just 30%!!! It was a real struggle!
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm a definite huge fan of Kate Moretti and love her writing style. In Her Bones has a very dark and creepy theme to it which I loved.

The plot of this story is genius... Edie our main character is the daughter of a famous serial killer who happens to be her mother. This ALONE would make anyone's ears perk up for interest! Let me just add this tad bit of spice to the plot... Edie has a bit of an obsession with the family member's that are associated with her mother's killings. NOW that is intrigu
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Edie Beckett was in her teens, her mother, Lilith Wade, murdered six women. Lilith went to prison for life and Edie's life irrevocably changed. Now she's nearly thirty, trying to stay sober, working a city clerk job, and living a lonely life. Her only family is her brother Dylan, and she has no friends, no real life. At night, Edie secretly obsesses over the families of Lilith's victims, watching them online--and in real life. Then she actually meets one in person, and a man ends up murdere ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a corker of a book! I read it in one day. It's just unputdownable!
Engaging, suspensful, well-paced, Kate Moretti wrote a fantastic book. It's a compelling and gripping story.
I loved how well the main character, Edie, is written. Her story, everything that's happening around and to her, pulled me in and held my attention throughout. It's really interesting to read a story told mainly from her point of view, a child of a convicted serial killer, how much actions of her mother impacted on he
Liz Barnsley
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the way Kate Moretti writes – so absorbing and now familiar, always a great read and In Her Bones was no exception.
Edie is a fascinating character – a serial killer mother and an obsession with the victims, trying to live a normal life but getting sucked into the abnormal every day. When she falls under suspicion, having involved herself more than she should, she gets on the trail of another killer, this one hidden from view.
It was a clever and involving narrative, with a great atmospheri
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kate Moretti's IN HER BONES is a suspenseful, whirling spiral of mysteries within mysteries, plot twists you won't see coming, and characters linked by deadly fates that stretch across the years. Moretti's prose is crisp and masterful, her people rich and real. Don't miss this haunting, wild thrill ride.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
On starting this book, it appeared I already had read this one, but continuing on, I realized it is on a similar premise of the book, “Good Me, Bad Me.” They are alike in that they both center on the daughter of a convicted serial killer.

Lilith is a wife, mother of two; Dylan and Edie. This is a sad portrait of a family, torn by mental health issues. Lilith not managing well, with or without her medications. Growing up, their father tried to protect and care for his wife and children, but it re
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I read by this author and my gosh I enjoyed this book. This is one of them faced paced thrillers that I could not put down. It kept me guessing all the way through I just had to know how it was going to end. It's always the ones most close to you that are related to you that you do not expect at all. It was twisted in its own way. It read like a true crime story. In the novel, Edie is the daughter of a woman who is a convicted serial killer. Well, it gets even more twiste ...more
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In Her Bones is the very first Kate Moretti book I have ever read, but man does it make me want to read more from her.

"Murder is a mostly stupid act committed by mostly stupid people in their most desperate moment"
- Gil Brandt

What it's about: Edie Beckett is the daughter of a serial killer, but not just any serial killer. She is the daughter of Lilith Wade who was sentenced to death row for the horrific murder of 6 women
Jamie Rosenblit
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Since The Vanishing Year, I have had to get my hands on all of Moretti's books as soon as I can and I have found them to get better and better with each one I read! In Her Bones has an incredibly interesting premise (you can read it yourself in the description, I'm not big on summarizing in my reviews, which you all know) and asks some thought provoking questions around family and nature vs. nurture - all throughout understanding a serial killer mother (who kills the wives of the men she has aff ...more
Linda Strong
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
4.5 Stars

Lilith Wade is sitting on death row. She brutally murdered six women ... all of them wives of the men she had affairs with.

Edie Beckett is her daughter. She flies low hoping no one will determine who she really is. An anonymously written book detailing their lives has made her and her brother infamous.

Gil Brandt is the detective who caught and arrested Lilith Wade. He's also made Edie a 'cause'. For some reason, he has taken an interest in her life and wants nothing more than for her to
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
In Her Bones

Kate Moretti

IN HER BONES is the first book I've ever read by Kate Moretti. The twists and turns keep coming and I had to know how it was going to end! Every time I thought I knew where this story was going, a few pages later, Kate Moretti threw me for a loop and I knew I was wrong! Murderers don't just destroy the families of their victims they also destroy their own.

Edie Beckett is the daughter of Lilith Wade who, fifteen years ago, murdered six women. They were the wives of the men
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
"There's a ripple effect to violence, you know."

I've always wondered what it was like for the family and friends of killers in the aftermath. They are constantly associated with an act they didn't even commit and sometimes even ostracized for it. How do you move on from this association? Especially if you're the daughter of a most notable female serial killer? Does the apple fall far from the tree?

I was pulled in straight from the prologue and was committed to the story. I will say that it did
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. This book is riveting and unpredictable, a wild ride of a read that left me breathless and wanting more. Kate Moretti is a brilliant author at the peak of her talent in this unputdownable story filled with betrayal and heart-pounding action.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 star to be precise. But I have to round it up for the fact that you truly know Edie Beckett by the end of this book.

This is a genre in which I seldom give 4 stars. And I actually do want to take one back for the length and the intense numbers of redundant Edie thought marathons. And I disagree that Moretti's writing is good to above average. It could be immensely better with a slant to brevity and exact phrase that I don't think she has at all. Plot/ psychology insights were much better than
Donna Davis
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers.
Moretti’s mysteries are addictive, and when I found this galley in my email, I jumped it to the front of the queue. Big thanks go to Net Galley and Atria for letting me read it free and early. You can buy it now.

Edie is an outcast, spurned by her friends when her mother Lilith is arrested as a serial killer. Since it is so rare for a serial murderer to be female, the press is everywhere; meanwhile, all Edie has left is her brother Dylan and later, his young family. Otherwise, the people to whom
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What an interesting and exciting read! I read this in one sitting on a rainy Sunday.

In this story, we follow Edie whose mother is a convicted serial killer. That, right there, is surely enough to mess with her mind and affect her in ways that those of us with non-serial killer mothers would not be able to understand but the way this story is written it me, as a reader, right there in Edie's place trying to understand who she is and what she is up to. Her way of coping is to keep and eye on and
Sonja Yoerg
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

When Edie, the daughter of a serial killer, becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, she abandons her carefully constructed life and becomes a fugitive. Edie is constantly looking for cracks in her veneer which might allow the legacy of her mother to leak through, so her internal torment amplifies the very real dangers surrounding her. Edie is a fascinating heroine and as her history and that of her mother unfolded, I flipped the pages faster and faster, slowing only for the hairpin
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good audio book - I didn't want to stop listening!
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

The daughter of a female serial killer is stalking the families of her mother's victims. Is she on her way to becoming a killer herself? Creepy.
Kimberly Belle
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A clever twist on the serial killer story mixed with a murder and Moretti's trademark masterful prose = a haunting, can't-put-it-down story. Kate Moretti never disappoints!
Heather LitChick4ever
Our primary narrator, Edie, is trying to piece parts of her past together and she wants to know, just how much is she like her mother, Lilith?

The book alternates between the perspectives of two narrators, Edie and Gil Brandt, the detective involved in Lilith’s case years ago. Kate Moretti has written a smart, suspenseful thriller with some elements of a true crime type vibe and with a twist at the ending. The twist at the end caught me by surprise and as a reader who enjoys many thrillers and su
Jessica Strawser
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Suspense at its best: A chilling voice, an unlikely heroine, a haunting story. IN HER BONES is Kate Moretti at the top of her game. Don't miss this one! (Many thanks to the author and publisher for the opportunity to read and review early.)
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a dark and compelling thriller this Winter, then look no further than IN HER BONES by Kate Moretti.

When Edie's mother is arrested and convicted for the murder of six women, Edie's life changes indescribably. Working in a dead-end job while trying to stay sober and disappear from the limelight is the most she can hope for. But Edie has a burning need to discover if her mother's victim's families are coping and if it was possible for them to move on. But Edie's secret to obs
Lynn Mccarthy
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Her Bones by Kate Moretti is a thriller that tackles the question of just what might happen with the families that a killer has left behind.
30 year old Edie Beckett is trying to get her life together. Fifteen years previously her mother, Lilith, was arrested for the deaths of six women. Now there is an unauthorised biography of her mother and she is just trying to stay out of the limelight and even tries to stay sober but Edie can’t help but be obsessed to see what is going on to those famili
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Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.

She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like.

Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passa

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