I absolutely loved the first two books in the Black London series, so I eagerly awaited Bone Gods. I saved it for vacation, hoarding it until I had stretches of time where I could read uninterrupted. I give Ms. Kittredge credit for keeping the Black a creepy and mysterious place, and I applaud her use of dialect and slang, but I was really put off by the two main characters, especially Pete. In the other books, she held her own against Jack and was a credible character, tough, hostile, but shrewd. In Bone Gods, she is a caricature of her former self, and she comes across as ignorant, self-serving and not at all believable. She spent most of the book hitting things without thinking the situation through. It doesn't help that the author reminds us every other page that Pete is a petite woman, that her magic of being a Weir was just to be used by someone else. I think that is the opposite of what the author intended, but that's the way it appeared to me. Jack's character is understandably muted, having just spend time in Hell, but geez, it would have been nice to know a little of the anguish he carried around, instead of being reminded that he had "flat eyes".
I think the book has merit, and the story line was great, if a bit undeveloped with lots of loose ends hanging about, but I wish the characters were less objectionable and self-involved. Pete's vacillation from sleeping with Jack (along with a heavy touch of hero worship) to hitting and cursing him became tiresome very soon after Jack returns.
I also thought the story line with Pete's mom was completely unnecessary and had no relation to the rest of the story. She didn't add anything to the story at all, and breezed in and out without any closure or explanation as to why she was there. It was really jarring and made a mess of the plot. We could have been introduced to Morningstar without using Pete's mom as a tool.
If there is a fourth book in the series, I hope we continue to learn about the Black, who the Green Man really is, and that Pete becomes more like Pete. Of course Jack is damaged forever, but it would be interesting to see how he manages now that he isn't under Morrigan's control. I'll probably read the book, as Ms. Kittredge does an amazing job building worlds and characters, usually.