Written in Bones by Sue Black


Q: What’s the last book you finished?
Written in Bone
Sue Black
This book discusses different case studies and court cases that were decided on the findings of the bones that the forensic anthropologist did their studies on.

I have always been fascinated with forensic anthropology and discovering what happened and where they have been. But in reading these stories I realized that I think I was right not to choose it as a career. CW: There are many stories about children, babies and fetuses. And there is a history of unwanted babies but I imagine the baby as they are alive and it pulls my heart out through my toes. I find it would be hard to separate myself from the facts.

The studies discussed were from recent times as well as from centuries ago. Even one about the real Fraser clan from Outlander. It is so amazing that bones from so long ago can still tell their stories and give information on diet, patterns of behavior, etc.

There is a section that talks about the fascination of hands and missing digits. It reminded me that my Dad would always do the missing finger trick where you would bend one finger on each hand and it looks like they complete each other. He would always tell me the story of his Uncle who lost the top half of his finger and freaked him out when he did that trick and the finger didn’t come back. He was a Carpenter if I remember correctly.

Also, the disembodied feet, crazy!! Who knew! They are like there own ecosystem, Em from ATWWD would hate this.

Note: Reading for my true crime prompt for #playbookers

Thank you net galley and skyhorse pub for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.


Our bones are the silent witnesses to the lives we lead. Our stories are marbled into their marrow.

Drawing upon her years of research and a wealth of remarkable experience, the world-renowned forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black takes us on a journey of revelation. From skull to feet, via the face, spine, chest, arms, hands, pelvis and legs, she shows that each part of us has a tale to tell. What we eat, where we go, everything we do leaves a trace, a message that waits patiently for months, years, sometimes centuries, until a forensic anthropologist is called upon to decipher it.

Some of this information is easily understood, some holds its secrets tight and needs scientific cajoling to be released. But by carefully piecing together the evidence, the facts of a life can be rebuilt. Limb by limb, case by case – some criminal, some historical, some unaccountably bizarre – Sue Black reconstructs with intimate sensitivity and compassion the hidden stories in what we leave behind.


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