Trigger Warnings: For Gore, mentions of dismemberment and decomposition.
I’m so confused when it comes to Valentine’s usage of Jocelyn parent’s bones. I actually assumed back in Chapter 22 that Jocelyn’s parents were already dead and that Valentine just exhumed their bodies. However, it turns out that I was wrong. Apparently, instead of Valentine and his family living in their own house, they shacked up with Jocelyn’s living parents?
This really contradicts the whole “Valentine is old money” bullshit that Cassandra Clare has been trying to push. And if Jocelyn’s parents alive then why didn’t they ever appear or even mentioned in Luke’s story in the last chapter? Jocelyn’s parents literally had no presence in Luke’s entire story. So it was very easy to assume that Jocelyn’s parents were already dead.
I also have to point out that the timeline of Jocelyn’s parent’s murders makes zero sense! You mean to tell me that Valentine, who was on the run from The Clave at that point had to the time to not only murder Jocelyn’s parents but to dismember them as well?
I did some research, but I couldn’t find a definitive answer on how long it takes for a body to decompose. However, I gathered from research that decomposition on that scale (depending on the environment of the body) can take anywhere from a year to close to a decade to decompose into a skeleton. So it would take Valentine some considerable amount of time to dismember a person, strip the body to its bones, and then leave the bones in front of the manor.
Although this could kind of make sense if Valentine had some magical way to shorten the process via runes. However, that still doesn’t answer the question of how would Valentine have the time to stage his death and in such an elaborate way?
There is also the question of Jocelyn knowing that Valentine murdered her parents. If Valentine murdered her parents way before his attack on the accords, then I know I would personally have suspicions that Valentine and her son were actually dead. I also have to side-eye The Clave again, because just like Luke and Jocelyn they just assumed that the bones were indeed the bones of Valentine and Jonathan. If they did any research, it’s quite possible that this plot of the book would have never played out the way it did.
Again, instead of giving us closure on this part of Valentine’s back story, this passage just left me with more questions than answers.