- Series: The Burning Girl (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 450 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (March 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1542048303
- ISBN-13: 978-1542048309
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,525 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There’s a lot of plot crammed into this series launch. When Charlotte was a baby, her mother was killed by a serial killer couple, who took Charlotte in until their capture seven years later. Now a young woman, Charlotte lives alone in the Arizona desert and trusts few people, including her therapist. When the drug he gives her for her anxiety turns out to be not quite what she expected, her carefully cloistered life falls apart quickly and puts her in the path of a serial killer. Though many of the topics seem extremely gory, most of the violence is psychological and largely off the page. Suspension of disbelief is required in this hybrid thriller/science fiction novel, but it is not hard to imagine it being turned into a high-budget action movie. The combination of Firestarter, The Silence of the Lambs, and the Elizabeth Smart story finally gels at the conclusion, while setting the stage for more. VERDICT: This could be a secondary choice for fans of Stephen King or thriller series or for readers who don’t mind suspense laced with a hint of science fiction. —Jamie Watson, Baltimore County Public Library
“A stellar and gripping opening to the Burning Girl Series introduces the tough, smart Trina Pierce, aka Charlotte Rowe, who survived a childhood of murder and exploitation to discover there might be another way to fight back…Readers will be eager for the next installment in Rice’s science-fiction take on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Bone Music is a taut and gripping thriller that’s as bleak and harsh as the Arizona desert. It never lets up until the final page. Rice has created a great character in Charlotte Rowe.” —Authorlink
“A simply riveting cliff-hanger of a novel, Bone Music by Christopher Rice is one of those reads that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf.” —Midwest Book Review
“Christopher Rice’s first Burning Girl novel weaves a complex, suspenseful, gritty tale with grace and energy that turns the tables on the female victim trope.” —RT Book Reviews
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I usually don't choose my book for kindle first until a number of people have read and reviewed the selections. I use the reviews to get a better idea if I will like the book. This month, I found myself with nothing to read early in the month. I had narrowed my choice down to two books and turned to the reviews. Out of the reviews left for Bone Music, I think only one person had actually completed the novel, but everyone left a rating. I decided that I would choose this book so real reviews would help future readers.
I enjoyed this book, it's a bit of a thriller and science fiction rolled into one. I felt that most of the characters were well fleshed out and believable. The action was well paced and the science fiction (advanced drugs and technology) were within the realm of possibility allowing for suspension of disbelief necessary in science fiction. The story was interesting and absorbing and never seemed to drag. A couple of the characters and some circumstances in the book were a bit too contrived but on the whole I really enjoyed my time with these characters and this story. I'm interested in how the story progresses and will read the second book when it comes out.
This book gives a look at serial killers at both ends of the spectrum--those that kill simply because they want to, those who kill because of some intended slight or offense, and those that kill because they do it for what they believe is the benefit of humanity.
Through it all, this victim of circumstance is tricked and taken advantage of, to the point where she decides "If they're gonna make me do this, whoever they are, I'm doing it on my own terms". At that turning point, the Prey becomes the Hunter.
Yes, there are things in this story that are a bit of a reach, but then there are also some actions taken by both law enforcement and drug corporations that seem very believable. Although the Heroine could have been a bit more personable, she was interesting. I also found the supporting characters to be appealing. The plotline had some interesting developments. The writing style was good, giving the story a smooth flow. And at no point was I even remotely considering putting aside the book for anything less than a very good reason. I was intrigued until the end; and there was a reasonable end. It satisfied, yet left things planned out for upcoming books. I'm pleased enough with this book to continue with the next in the series.
Not for a young reader due to language and violence. No explicit sexual situations.