The Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks

Large Print - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people, " Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics--and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2014
ISBN: 9781410476012
Branch Call Number: F MITCHELL
Characteristics: 825 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


From Library Staff

Beginning in 1984 and moving in linear fashion through the years before ending in the 2040s, this complex, layered novel interweaves several different narratives to tell the story of a secret war between those who would steal souls and those who try to stop them. But it's also the story of Holly ... Read More »

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Aug 29, 2020

From Economist

Aug 02, 2020

great little nuggets interspersed through a long twisted read. I had to dip back to reconnect with some characters but when souls live on - it seems inevitable.

Jul 10, 2020

Pure incomprehensible and pretentious garbage. I loved the movie "Cloud Atlas" so I thought I might love the author, and tried this one first. The ridiculous slang terms are thrown in the reader's face at a rate of about 40% per paragraph, burying what could possibly be a decent story beneath a pretentious attempt on the author's part to emulate the literary greats like Mark Twain, who knew how to do it right. Mitchell doesn't have a clue how to do it. His writing is so dense with this type of language that I couldn't dig a story out of it with a steam shovel and a backhoe. Merely because I loved the story (in the movie) Cloud Atlas so much, I forced myself to suffer through an agonizing, torturous 25% of this book before I finally ditched it in utter frustration and disgust. I won't even look at any of Mitchell's other books simply because this one was utterly unreadable. Two thumbs down, WAY down.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Apr 09, 2020

Mitchell has written a story that quickly immerses and submerges you into the life of Holly Sykes and the strange happenings of paths crossed over time. Holly is at the center of a fight between good and evil.

Dec 29, 2019

Another great read from the author of all things strange and wonderful

Nov 11, 2019

In this narrative full of blind-siding events and super-natural mysteries, we cross paths with the sensible Holly Sykes via those whose lives she has impacted. Told through various lenses and time frames, this story ties together seemingly unconnected ideas of human purpose and resilience.

Mar 25, 2019

If you're a Vonnegut fan you will love this book. After this one read Slade house.

Oct 19, 2018

This book was a bit of a disappointment for me. The first half was good, but then as another reader put it, "I liked it until I didn't like it." The fantasy aspect got a little too weird and things went off the rails. Unfortunate because I normally really like this author (Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green being my favs).

Jul 02, 2018

david Mitchell is so impressive . stumbled on to him and read Slade House and l then followed it with tThe Bone Clocks about similiar themes and a few recurrent characters
His breadth is amazing and extermely readable . The final section as someone said is long and a bit dragging but rewarding in all.
Ill read Mitchell whatever he wrires

Nov 12, 2017

Some great writing, but it could have been so much better with some great editing. One of those books with a series of first-person narrators, which are always bitty - especially in the later sections when minor characters have to carry things forward. An enjoyable read, but it could have been a classic.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability
Oct 29, 2014

Chapel_Hill_KenMc thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at MCPL

To Top