Simon Beckett Writing Styles in Written in Bone

Simon Beckett
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Point of View

The novel is written as a first-person narrative. The protagonist Hunter tells the entire story. We only get the point of view of the other characters through their quotes, assuming, as we probably should, that Hunter is a reliable reporter of the story. He appears in nearly every scene, although some of the scenes that he describes are based on the accounts of others. The author gives the reader a window into Hunter's thoughts by denoting them with italics. These are Hunter's thoughts that are contemporaneous to the story and are in contrast to the summarized thoughts and analyses that Hunter shares as narrator. In this sense we are treated to two different Hunter's, Besides describing the story's events, Hunter also describes several dreams in addition to his thoughts.

After appearing stable for the majority of the novel, the narrative point of view becomes intriguingly unstable...

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