Good morning lovelies. On this rainy day I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for The Bone Jar by SW Kane. This is a fantastic, atmospheric psychological thriller that sucked me in and kept me guessing till the very end,…..

the blurb

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

The body of an elderly woman is been found in the grounds 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. Gradually, the secrets of Blackwater Asylum begin to reveal themselves; there are rumours of secret rooms, unspeakable psychological experimentation and a dark force that haunts the ruins. Urban explorer Connie Darke has her own interest in the asylum; it’s where her sister died in a freak accident and she’s determined to help Kirby expose its grisly past. Meanwhile Kirby discovers a devastating family secret that threatens to turn his life upside down.

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

Publication Date:  1 July 2020

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Formats: Paperback, Kindle and Audiobook

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US


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my review

When the body of an elderly lady is found in the old abandon mental asylum in London, DI Lew  Kirby is assigned, along with his partner Anderson to solve the case.  But Blackwater Asylum has more secrets that they could have imagined….And then another body turns up and Lew must solve the case before the asylum claims anymore lives….

Living in the grounds of the asylum is Raymond, an ex patient who refuses to move.  Being on-site all time means he sees things – but does he know more about the murder than he’s letting on? And what other secrets will he reveal?

Connie has an interest in the asylum after her sister died from an accident there.  Determined to find out more about her sister’s death, and help Kirby solve the murders, Connie finds herself fully wrapped up in the investigation, making an unlikely friend and putting herself in danger…….

I really enjoyed this.  I love all things creepy, visiting abandoned buildings with history and a good crime/psychological thriller so this was right up my street!  I thought the setting was fantastic, An unusually snowy London in the grounds of a huge abandoned mental asylum with a questionable past, right on the Thames.  Kane did a fantastic descriptive job which allowed me to bring the scenery and the building to life, which added a fantastic, creepy atmosphere to the story.

The plot was well paced and enjoyable, with secrets revealing themselves throughout which kept me on my toes and interested, wanting to turn the next page.  If you’re a fan of horror and have watched/read stories about asylums before, some of this may sounds familiar, but that didn’t take anything away from the story – in fact, I think it sucked me in more!  There are so many secrets that the twists in this are fantastic, and I honestly didn’t have a clue who the murderer was until it was revealed!

In terms of the characters, I really like Lew.  He seems to be one of the good guys and as the story goes on he finds out something from his Mum that will change his life forever.  Handling such a big case, and the information his Mum reveals must surely take their toll and I think we might see evidence of this in any sequels.  There are a few police staff in this which can seem slightly confusing at first, but once you’ve got your head around who’s who, it’s much clearer.  Connie is interesting and definitely takes some unnecessary risks but I guess this is the urbex (Urban Explorer) in her.  I really like her though, and found myself wanting her and Lew to get together (sorry to Lew’s girlfriend!).  Raymond, the ex patient, has to be one of my favourite characters.  He completely surprised me and I warmed to him so much quicker than I thought.  He’s been though, and seen so much, that you can’t help but love him!  As you would expect with a psychological/crime thriller there are some questionable characters in this, and Kane does a fantastic job of keeping you on the fence with some of them..

Overall, this is a fantastic debut by SW Kane.  Atmospheric and creepy this will keep you turning the pages for sure.  If you love a good crime/psychological thriller with fantastic characters, secrets unravelling at every turn and a plot to keep you turning the pages, then you should check this out.  I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more from this author.  Recommended by me!



about the author

SW Kane studied History of Design and worked at the RIBA before taking on a series of totally unrelated jobs in radio and the music industry, where she still works as a freelance music PR. She has an MA in Creative (Crime) Writing from City University. She began reading crime fiction from an early age and developed an obsession with crime set in cold places. A chance encounter with a derelict fort in rural Pembrokeshire led to a fascination with urban exploration, which in turn became the inspiration for her crime novels. She lives London.

Where to find the author online: Twitter

Tour hosted by

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Huge thank you to Anne for inviting me on to the tour, and to SW Kane and Thomas & Mercer for a  copy of the book in return for an honest review.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a lovely day all!

Chelle x


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