The Bone Jar by S W Kane – Review

Who doesn’t love a good crime novel full of murder and abandoned asylums? Time to review The Bone Jar!


Two murders. An abandoned asylum. Will a mysterious former patient help untangle the dark truth?

The body of an elderly woman has been found in the bowels of a derelict asylum on the banks of the Thames. As Detective Lew Kirby and his partner begin their investigation, another body is discovered in the river nearby. How are the two murders connected?

Before long, the secrets of Blackwater Asylum begin to reveal themselves. There are rumours about underground bunkers and secret rooms, unspeakable psychological experimentation, and a dark force that haunts the ruins, trying to pull back in all those who attempt to escape. Urban explorer Connie Darke, whose sister died in a freak accident at the asylum, is determined to help Lew expose its grisly past. Meanwhile Lew discovers a devastating family secret that threatens to turn his life upside down.

As his world crumbles around him, Lew must put the pieces of the puzzle together to keep the killer from striking again. Only an eccentric former patient really knows the truth—but will he reveal it to Lew before it’s too late?

The Bone Jar (Detective Lew Kirby Book 1) by [S W Kane]


Nothing cranks up the creepy factor quite like an abandoned insane asylum! Top that off with a dead body being found in one of the derelict wards, and we’re instantly on to a winner! The combination of our main detective, Lew, and Connie the urban explorer, led to a great duo after their paths cross during the investigation.

With past murders, suicides and scandals, the old victorian asylum is rich in history and sets the perfect atmosphere for the crime in question and subsequent investigation. Not to mention having an ex-patient still living on the grounds – His mind may not be 100% but he’s full of insider information on the building and it’s past, if only someone asks the right questions.

Of course alongside the main murder investigation, we have all the usual subplots giving the story plenty of depth and keeping us entertained. With plenty of twists and turns, suspects to look in to, and secrets slowly emerging, this made for an extremely good read and I can’t wait to see more from detective Lew Kirby and co!

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