"Bone Dust White" is one of my Thirty Firsts Reading Challenge books. All I knew about it was that it kicks off the Macey and Greeley Montana detective duo series that has had good press and that the audiobook was read by Amy McFadden, one of my favourite narrators.
I nearly didn't make it beyond the first chapter. The set up was dramatic - a murder in the snow - a witness - an unexpected revelation - all great stuff. EXCEPT that the main character was just useless. Completely overwhelmed by circumstances and taking a series of stupid decisions. The descriptions of her actions and responses were probably meant to build empathy and drama but just left me with a - get yourself together and get on with it - reaction that was... unhelpful. The uncharitable part of me was starting to give out Darwin Awards and wonder if maybe some people deserved to die in the snow.
In chapter two I met Macey and Greely and things got better. Mostly because of the pregnant and indomitable Macey. Greely plays hockey for fun so the jury's still out. I also found out - too late for me to be anything except embarrassed at my own lack of charity - that our clueless woman from chapter one had just turned eighteen. Why was that detail left out? Sure, it'll be obvious in the movie but how was I supposed to know?
Anyway, I'm back with the book and I'm hoping I've found something good.