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Bone Blind [Kindle Edition]

Abigail Padgett
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Only the flame from a curious candleholder illuminated the murdered corpse of Karl Knock on a bitterly cold Massachusetts night twenty years in the past. When the efforts of local, state and federal investigators failed to cast more light on the crime than the little candle did, the case gathered dust, unsolved and forgotten.

But when horror novelist Finn Ryan gets an invitation to dinner from a beautiful but eccentric and reclusive colleague, Tally Serzak, a web of danger sends its first, tentative filaments from that candlelit room. And nothing will ever be the same.

Because Finn has secrets. So does Tally. And so does Newton, MA, Police Detective Warren Yost, who found Knock’s body on that cold morning so long ago. Now, on the eve of retirement, Yost decides to solve the old murder and go out with a last hurrah.

As Finn’s involvement with the strange Tally reaches an intensity that has him running into walls, he begins to see similarities between himself and his own characters. He’s in a horror novel, except this one is real. There are no ghosts, no zombies or vampires. There is only Tally and an unfolding story Finn doesn’t want to see, but can’t ignore. As she knew he wouldn’t.

Warren Yost sees the story as well, but can’t assemble its puzzle until Finn provides a last piece that will lead to a final, and deadly, resolution.


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  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1460927176
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NSV5R2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,236 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy to Read March 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the first book I ever read by Abigail Padget and I'm very happy I got to discover this talented writer. BONE BLIND is a veritable joy to read. It is very well-written and allows you to get mesmerized by the story from the very first pages. When I first started reading it, I thought that I would read for half an hour and then continue at a later date when I had more time. As soon as I started reading, however, I realized that this was one of those books that are very difficult to put aside without finishing. This is a mystery novel but that's not all BONE BLIND is. This novel provides a fascinating insight into the nature of creativity. The main character is a writer who gets to experience the harsh contrast between creating horrors on a page of the book he is writing and experiencing real horrors in his life.

However, this novel also has many humorous moments that alleviate the dramatic tension of this complex but never confusing plot. The characters in this novel are extremely memorable. This is not one of those mysteries that operate with a cast of cardboard characters based on tired cliches that scores of mystery authors have exploited before.

For the low price you will pay for the Kindle version of the book, you will get many hours of extremely enjoyable reading. There is nothing amateurish about this book. It is written by somebody who really knows how to create memorable characters, do meticulous research, construct a tight, fast-paced, fascinating plot and write in a very unique and clear way.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That tree. . . April 7, 2011
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When I first read Abigail Padgett's Bone Blind, I turned the pages as fast as I could because I was so interested in the story. The contrast between the two main characters - Finn Ryan, the writer; and Warren Yost, the cop - pulled the story along. They (and all the other characters) read like real people with real, meaty problems. The settings (Boston and Cape Cod) were lovingly and moodily rendered, the intricate plot brought to a satisfying conclusion. But all good mysteries have such characteristics, I thought, so why was I so extraordinarily intrigued - why did I want to read Bone Blind again? It was not until I started to write this review that I realized what else Padgett had done. I had been so mesmerized by the story, unable to put the book down for long - it's one of those books you read until you are so tired you have to go to sleep and it is the wee hours. . . It wasn't until then that I realized how, always on the thin edge of parody but never going over that edge, she had artfully played with several genres -- cop mystery, Gothic horror, romance novel, Victorian murder mystery, a writer character post-modernly writing about writing, moody place-oriented mystery - to make this into a symphony orchestra of a book, engaging on many levels, without once making the reader stop to say "how clever that is!" Of course I had to read it again. It makes me smile to think of how she drew me in without my realizing it. I will never forget this book - or that tree outside the window that started it all.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Short Book that Should Have Been Shorter September 7, 2013
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This is the first book I've ever read by this author, and the first review I've ever written online. I've read many reviews and find that most of them are just a synopsis of the book, kind of pointless considering one has generally already researched that information prior to purchase, or at least I have. I chose to review this book because I became extremely frustrated about 70% of the way into the book. To give credit where credit is due, the book was not poorly written and the foundation of the story was interesting enough. Unfortunately, the author seemed to run out of something interesting to say in the last third of the book and should have wrapped things up sooner than she did. I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again, information that did nothing to lend depth to any of the characters or any suspense to a mystery that, frankly, I had pretty well solved earlier in the story. I found myself saying the words, "blah, blah, blah..." as I skimmed through page after page.

On the flip side, I guess one can't really be too upset over a disappointing read when it cost a whopping $3.99. So, it beats a blank.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bone Blind boring! October 9, 2012
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Apparently, I didn't read the same book the other reviewers read. I struggled to finish because I really hoped the book would come to life. It didn't. Everything in the book should have worked, but it just never pulled together. The characters were dull and lifeless and the plot was predictable. This author could do much better. I read, and I enjoyed, "Child of Silence", but "Bone Blind" was a major disappointment. I wish Ms. Padgett would take some time to re-work this book and make it all it could be. I see potential for a really enjoyable book--but it's not there now.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! July 26, 2012
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I downloaded "Child of Silence" when it was offered free and loved it enough to buy ALL the other books by Abigail Padgett; she crafts an intelligent, well-structured story that draws you in and doesn't let you go until the final page.
The style is different from her Bo Bradly mysteries, but it fully delivers the wonderful characters and deft plot twists that define her work; this book will keep you up well past your bedtime unable to put it down!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This book was well done and really kept my interest. Solutions to the mystery and back story unfold bits at a time. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Marcia A Kelsey
4.0 out of 5 stars fairly good read
A bit of a slow read at times but has a good ending. Not too many characters but could have used more background on some.
Published 18 days ago by gary
4.0 out of 5 stars THRILLER
I wasn't sure about this book in the beginning, but once I got into it I really started to enjoy it. Characters were a bit wacky, but interesting. Good ending.
Published 19 days ago by atabarac
4.0 out of 5 stars Bone Blind
Excellent Thriller with tons of intrigue and suspense. Characters are a little weird at first and then with a climatic revealing end, everything comes together. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nana
5.0 out of 5 stars A quietly thrilling and suspenseful story that is very well written.
I would recommend this book if you enjoy intriguing stories and well thought out characters facing important life events. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Casey Conway
4.0 out of 5 stars Plot twists for the literary
Great murder mystery! Lots of plot twists and great character development. Enjoyed the flow of the story. Sorry it ended!
Published 1 month ago by Bythia
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I could hardly put the book down..dinner and sleep were in the way of finishing the book. It was great the way the Author intertwined the characters to a great conclusion.
Published 2 months ago by Anov
4.0 out of 5 stars captivating read
It took a few pages together accustomed to the writing style, but once there the story unfolded rather well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by IAB
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery
This was a very intriguing murder mystery. Hard to know until the very end who done it. Loved it! Greatly recommend
Published 2 months ago by Beatrice Dane
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the book within the book and liked following Finn as he developed his novel. Bone Blind was well paced and a decent mystery.
Published 3 months ago by Fescat
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More About the Author

Abigail Padgett grew up in Vincennes, IN, and holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Missouri and Washington University, St.Louis. She has taught high school English and college courses in Sociology and Creative Writing in San Diego and Boston, directed an ACLU chapter in Houston and worked as an advocate for the mentally ill, plus enduring some truly weird temp jobs.

Abbie is the author of seven highly acclaimed mystery novels that have been translated into five languages, one novel among which, CHILD OF SILENCE, was made into a movie in France. (Which must have been challenging, since the novel's action takes place in the California desert and features Native American Paiute people.) Her eighth and latest mystery, BONE BLIND, is set in the Boston suburb of Newton, where two horror novelists and a detective just months short of retirement investigate a decades-old unsolved murder the spin from which proves even more deadly than the original crime.

Two new mysteries and a magical realist novel are in various stages.

San Diego is home, although Abbie spends much time on the East Coast and in France, where one of the new mysteries is set. She is a dog person happiest in the company of dachshunds, a lapsed vegetarian with heartland food preferences, and a lifelong fan of Poe, Algernon Blackwood and the Graveyard Poets.


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