Book Review and Giveaway: The Bones of Amoret by Arthur Herbert | Lone Star Book Blog Tours

   
THE BONES OF AMORET
by
ARTHUR HERBERT
 
Genre: Mystery /Suspense
Publisher: Stitched Smile Publications
Date of Publication: April 1, 2022
Number of Pages: 323 pages 
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In this enigmatic follow up to his critically acclaimed debut novel The Cuts that Cure, Arthur Herbert returns to the Texas-Mexico border with this saga of a small town’s bloody loss of innocence.
Amoret, Texas, 1982. Life along the border is harsh, but in a world where cultures work together to carve a living from the desert landscape, Blaine Beckett lives a life of isolation. A transplanted Boston intellectual, for twenty years locals have viewed him as a snob, a misanthrope, an outsider. He seems content to stand apart until one night when he vanishes into thin air amid signs of foul play.
Noah Grady, the town doctor, is a charming and popular good ol’ boy. He’s also a keeper of secrets, both the town’s and his own. He watches from afar as the mystery of Blaine’s disappearance unravels and rumors fly. Were the incipient cartels responsible? Was it a local with a grudge? Or did Blaine himself orchestrate his own disappearance? Then the unthinkable happens, and Noah begins to realize he’s considered a suspect.
Paced like a lit fuse and full of dizzying plot twists, The Bones of Amoret is a riveting whodunit that will keep you guessing all the way to its shocking conclusion.
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Some stories you read, and they’re fun, but they don’t make a lasting impression. Some stories, though, grab you by the heart and stick with you long after the last page has been turned. The Bones of Amoret is one of those stories.

Set in west Texas in the town of Amoret, out where the land is as much a character in the tale as any of the people, the story unfolds through the eyes of Dr. Noah Grady. He’s telling his story as his life draws nigh unto its end, and we see events unfold through flashbacks as he talks to a much younger reporter doing research on the events of forty years earlier.

Like any of us, Noah has been faced with choices throughout his life. Sometimes he did the right thing, sometimes he did the expedient thing. But he always chose to do what he thought would best protect those he cared about. He helped illegal immigrants get across the border and gave them medical treatment when necessary. The choice to save one of them instead of leaving him to die got the attention of some bad folks focused on him for his trouble. He took actions that he felt were necessary to protect Angelica, his wife, and her son Miguel. He looked after his own in an unforgiving landscape filled with its own harsh beauty. He was a sympathetic character who will stick with me, even if some of his choices weren’t necessarily “right” by societal standards.

I also really liked Sheriff McHenry. Yes, he cared about law and order and seeing justice served. But he also realized that sometimes, justice isn’t best served by strict adherence to what law and order would require. He and Noah had an interesting and largely cordial relationship, and it made for good reading.

The ending of the story wasn’t one that I figured out. Herbert does a good job of laying down rabbit trails for the reader to follow, and then changes direction on you at the last minute. I love stories where the author keeps me guessing!

“It’s mankind’s evil that gets the headlines. Sometimes we need a reminder that God sprinkles the goodhearted among us too.” Noah Grady is one of the goodhearted.

Great characters, wonderful setting and description, dialogue that was true to where the story took place, tension that moved the book along at a brisk pace – all of these things make The Bones of Amoret a five-star read. Highly recommended!

Arthur Herbert was born and raised in small town Texas. He worked on offshore oil rigs, as a bartender, a landscaper at a trailer park, and as a social worker before going to medical school. For the last eighteen years, he’s worked as a trauma and burn surgeon, operating on all ages of injured patients. He continues to run a thriving practice.
 
He’s won multiple awards for his scientific writing, and his first novel, The Cuts that Cure, spent ten days as an Amazon #1 Best Seller.  His second novel, The Bones of Amoret, will be released on April 1, 2022 through Stitched Smile Publishers. Arthur currently lives in New Orleans, with his wife Amy and their dogs.
 
Arthur loves hearing from readers, so don’t hesitate to email him at arthur@arthurherbertwriter.com.
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2 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: The Bones of Amoret by Arthur Herbert | Lone Star Book Blog Tours

  1. This sounds spectacular, and hooray for the misleading rabbit trails. Can’t wait for this one to come out in audio end of the month! Thanks for the review.

  2. Jan Sikes says:

    I totally agree with your review, Lisa. I absolutely devoured this book and am still thinking about it. I agree, also, that I loved Sheriff McHenry. He was a fair man. Kudos to this author and thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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