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The Family Bones [Kindle Edition]

Kimberly Raiser
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What could be sweeter than a free home in the beautiful town of Astral, Pennsylvania? Well, for Steven and his family, staying alive would be pretty nice.

When Steven inherits a beautiful home and large piece of land from his grandparents, the family is thrilled to move from the stuffy city to the inviting countryside. There's lots of land for the children to explore, a great house, and helpful neighbors. But for Steven, the house comes equipped with ghost stories from his youth, a spooky well, and spookier relatives.

Steven and his wife, Tara, are on a mission to figure out who is behind the strange things they're experiencing. From abductions to hidden rooms, the house is full of surprises and scares for both the family and the reader. And the story has so many twists and shocking developments, you won't be able to look away!

Perhaps the greatest part of this book is that the author, Kimberly Raiser, is willing to sacrifice characters in order to fully tell the story. This certainly isn't a book where you can figure out exactly who is going to live just by reading the first chapter. Not even the children are safe from the action!
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Kimberly Raiser resides in Virginia with her family and her dreams. Granddaughter of Henry Kunicki, whom grew up with noted physicist David Bohm; science fiction is no stranger to her craft. The Family Bones will bring chills and thrills and a few laughs along the way.


Product Details

  • File Size: 277 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615246257
  • Publisher: Delvling Press; First edition (October 12, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001IZZBJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Momma's Slasher Book, Much Much More! December 30, 2008
Format:Paperback
The Family Bones by Kimberly Raiser

The book started with a mystery and proceeded to become more mysterious. My initial reaction was that it was going to be a "slasher" book, you know, Jason in a hockey mask kind of thing. That is a venue I am not overly thrilled with but I proceeded. Much to my pleasant surprise it wasn't the simplistic psycho running wild plot but much more thoughtful. I admit finding my self a bit uneasy in some of the scenes. The characterizations were good and I enjoyed the mysteriousness of the setting. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, I could practically picture the locale. The introduction of an alien influence provides a nice twist to the characterizations. An entertaining book to read, my biggest complaint is that it could have been bumped up another hundred pages and maintained my interest. I recommend the book. Look for an interview with the author in January on my blog, Pick of the Literate.[...]
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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of worst books ever read October 2, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm very eclectic about what I enjoy in reading - anything from Sci-Fi to Jane Austen. I love both Mark Twain and Stephen King and how different are they? I'm not always fussy about books, either, quite often being satisfied at the end if I've been entertained even if I hadn't finished a piece of great literature. But I have to say this is probably one of the worst books I've ever read. The protagonists were not only one dimensional but not even particularly likable or even interesting. Weird new characters seemed to have been introduced at various times into a plot that was already confusing, at best. It was like the author couldn't decide if she wanted to write science fiction, horror, or a mystery and so threw all three in the mix, finishing up with none of the above. By the time it was done, I couldn't have cared less what happened to any of them. Thank goodness the Kindle version was so cheap.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky Bones December 17, 2008
Format:Paperback
I think the best way to describe this book is 'spooky'. I'm not a squeamish reader, but I had to read this book during the day. I started it early this month, during the afternoon. I'm the type of person who HAS to read in bed before going to sleep. I could not read The Family Bones before going to sleep.

There are some really great elements to The Family Bones: children in danger, disappearing/reappearing tunnels, a well. Not to mention all of the mystery and suspense. It didn't take me long to get swept up in this book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably bad May 30, 2011
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I didn't believe the bad reviews, and now I wish I had. I'm just lucky the kindle version was so cheap. This is a mediocre story, written terribly. The characters seem to have long conversations with themselves ( not that you can always tell when the are speaking out loud or just thinking, since the writer does not seem to know the difference), and the perspective changes from first person to third person a few chapters in -- for no reason whatsoever. The text is full of typos and misused words, and the formatting is just plain awful. I guess the only positive is that it's relatively short...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrble, just Terrible January 12, 2011
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Plot - barely
Characters - not developed
Story telling -- sub-par (the author couldn't even decide if she wanted 1st or 3rd person)
Genre -- Who Knows?

Just an awful read. Don't bother buying! Even if it is only 1.00 -- that is WAY TOO much to pay. I am just left wondering how on earth this was published??
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars $1 train wreck February 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Seriously. Pay one dollar, have your very own train wreck. I became fascinated with how truly horrible this book was and could not stop reading, no matter how much my brain demanded that I do so. This was like trying to read someone's acid trip; the writing was awful, the plotline laughable and the one and only good thing I can say about it was that for my dollar, I was able to share in a good laugh when I read parts out loud to others. Especially when one man, to another, said something "suggestively."
Interesting turn of events or bad writing? Alas...more bad writing. *sigh*
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Are we reviewing the same book? August 28, 2010
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I am such a horror/mystery junky that it is rare for me to feel that a book has let me down, but this one did. The writing is at grade school level, the plot has no logical flow and the characters are superficial. The two stars are for some originality, so the author has potential.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Imagination in Need of an Editor January 31, 2009
Format:Paperback
I eagerly dove into my copy of The Family Bones . . . to find myself adrift in wild imagination and writing better suited to short stories than novels. Here's what I found in this debut novel:

PROS: This author has tons of imagination. Expect to be surprised at the twists and turns the story takes.

However,

CONS: Misplaced referents, abrupt changes in point of view, and under-developed characters left me happy to set the book aside. While characters cannot be developed in short stories, they must be developed in novels lest the reader is left with the feeling of "who cares."

My conclusion: This novel displays the imagination of a Stephen King. When this author develops her skill at the craft of writing as well, she'll provide him competition.

Three stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time
Very poorly written with errors, bad dialogue and lots of loose ends. The story line got stranger as it went on. It felt like it was written by teenager.
Published 16 days ago by Betty Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 1 month ago by jax
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this is a well written book and has a great plot. it kept my interest the whole while i was reading this book.
Published 1 month ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
This book was a little confusing at first, but as the story read on, it was easier. I thought the twists and turns were excellent and the writing was fluid. Over all, a good book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J.P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Didnt see that coming
Although this book is short and i could have read more. It kept me entralled. I never knew what the next page would reveal.
Published 2 months ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars twisted story
great book. didn't expect the twist in it.. I t was a good surprise... great for a short read...take a chance and enjoy..
Published 3 months ago by clara rose
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
I really don't know what to say about this book. It seems the author didn't know for sure just what this book should be about aliens, witches, strange houses. Read more
Published 5 months ago by tjslinks
1.0 out of 5 stars dislike/like we all learn for mistakes
Too many plots....alien, witch craft, super powers, tunnels, people watching each other. Many events brought up with no follow through. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilled to the Bone
I loved this book! It is well paced, plotted, and filled with suspense and horror. The author has real talent, and this story is mesmerizing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gary Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
One of the who done it books that really ends with a surprise. Also very well written. Would read more books from this author.
Published 12 months ago by R. Simon
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More About the Author

Growing up surrounded by the influence of science fiction, including Raiser's grandfather Henry Kunicki who grew up with famous physicist David Bohm, it was difficult not to create worlds beyond our own for Raiser.
Raiser's debut novel "The Family Bones" is a culmination of thriller, sci-fi and mystery. On the verge of movie rights, this book is popular among teens as well as adults.
Raiser is working on several novels soon to be released, and a children's line of books as well. Look out for the Pepper Fink series.
With the support of fellow well known authors, including P.S. Gifford and Linda S. Cowden (author of Grimmie) Raiser intends on making writing not just a part time hobby, but a full-time career.
Keep an eye out for this multi-talented award winning author for future hits.
Stranded: Stories from the edge of infinity... is a collection of Raiser's published short stories that have been compared to Twilight Zone, Monty Python, Douglas Adams, and...well...the utmost bizarre, and thought provoking.

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