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There’s more than one way to stoke the flames of revenge… Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew—a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image. If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued. Instead, her real father exploited her tabloid-ready story There’s more than one way to stoke the flames of revenge… Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew—a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image. If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued. Instead, her real father exploited her tabloid-ready story for fame and profit—until Charlotte finally broke free from her ghoulish past and fled. Just when she thinks she has buried her personal hell forever, Charlotte is swept into a frightening new ordeal. Secretly dosed with an experimental drug, she’s endowed with a shocking new power—but pursued by a treacherous corporation desperate to control her. Except from now on, if anybody is going to control Charlotte, it’s going to be Charlotte herself. She’s determined to use the extraordinary ability she now possesses to fight the kind of evil that shattered her life—by drawing a serial killer out from the shadows to face the righteous fury of a victim turned avenger.


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There’s more than one way to stoke the flames of revenge… Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew—a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image. If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued. Instead, her real father exploited her tabloid-ready story There’s more than one way to stoke the flames of revenge… Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew—a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image. If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued. Instead, her real father exploited her tabloid-ready story for fame and profit—until Charlotte finally broke free from her ghoulish past and fled. Just when she thinks she has buried her personal hell forever, Charlotte is swept into a frightening new ordeal. Secretly dosed with an experimental drug, she’s endowed with a shocking new power—but pursued by a treacherous corporation desperate to control her. Except from now on, if anybody is going to control Charlotte, it’s going to be Charlotte herself. She’s determined to use the extraordinary ability she now possesses to fight the kind of evil that shattered her life—by drawing a serial killer out from the shadows to face the righteous fury of a victim turned avenger.

30 review for Bone Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "They didn't plan to kill my mother. She wasn't like the other women, the ones they stalked and captured. The ones who came to in a cold root cellar miles from where they'd been abducted, hog-tied and disoriented, their faces pressed to the dirt floor." What an opening, right? After a long and fruitless reading slump, I was beginning to think that maybe my love of thrillers had dissipated. The domestic, trendy, psychological thrillers just haven't been doing it for me lately; I was in desperate "They didn't plan to kill my mother. She wasn't like the other women, the ones they stalked and captured. The ones who came to in a cold root cellar miles from where they'd been abducted, hog-tied and disoriented, their faces pressed to the dirt floor." What an opening, right? After a long and fruitless reading slump, I was beginning to think that maybe my love of thrillers had dissipated. The domestic, trendy, psychological thrillers just haven't been doing it for me lately; I was in desperate need of an action packed plot with it's own unique twists, and that's exactly what I got while reading Bone Music. I'm lucky a friend recommended I read this with her, because I may have otherwise missed out on a top ten read of 2018 in my stubborn misconceptions. I know, you're thinking you won't enjoy this book because you don't like anything set outside the natural realm, but the supernatural elements are so subtle and believable that they seem, well, quite natural! I'm not one for superhero novels where the characters wear their underpants on the outside of their clothes and show up typically in comic books, but I am ALL ABOUT medically induced vigilantes and large corporations with morally ambiguous intentions. I'm not sure I could give you a worthy plot introduction if I tried, but just know going in that this story is so complex and has so many working parts that come together, you couldn't be bored if you tried. We do begin with Charlotte/Trina's backstory of being raised by a husband and wife serial killing duo, followed by the rest of her childhood being raised by her biological father and then her maternal grandmother, but this section is just a brief snippet. The following story is influenced by this past, but there are many other side plots, such as reconnecting with old acquaintances and stopping a current day, super demented serial killer called " The Mask Maker". *shudders* I won't go into details as to save from spoiling the story, but if you are a super squeamish reader you may want to pass on this one. However, if you enjoy the more gruesome types of thrillers and don't mind a little gore in your crime fiction, you will eat this up. What really set Bone Music apart for me was the characters. Because this is a longer book (450+ pages), we easily get to know our cast without sacrificing action or those pesky pacing issues. Here, each character is memorable and unique; this helped the book feel grounded in the natural and made the subtle supernatural/medical pieces seem so realistic you feel as if Charlotte's situation could happen to anyone in our world. This is by no means a fantasy tale or hefty science fiction; I would place it into the category of the other greats, such as Stephen King, who's true talent is making the unbelievable seem very natural. (In all fairness though I feel like this is more of a compulsive, mainstream type of read than King's work.) The fact that this is the debut to a new series also pleased me greatly; there are too many pieces to try and fit into a standalone novel, and Charlotte's story and gifts make me excited to see explored in future books with their own individual cases. I'm really interested to see where the author takes us next as the possibilities are endless. I could ramble on and on about this book, and if you've read it and want to discuss please message me, but for now I just want to emphasize how much I think you should read this. Aside from the squeamish folks I mentioned above, if you enjoy fast-paced thrillers with a strong female protagonist, YOU NEED THIS BOOK. Seriously, rush over to Amazon and click dat button. I can't remember the last time the debut to a new series has gotten me this worked up; Charlotte Rowe is an incredibly intelligent, fabulously flawed, emotionally empathetic character and you really need to meet her. Come on, I'll introduce you right now. At the time of this writing, the ebook is set at a reasonably priced $4.99, unless you have kindle unlimited because then it's free! Hooray! Highly recommended and I sincerely hope you enjoy this read as much as I did. *Many thanks to LMS Marketing for providing my review copy.  Buddy Read with Sam @CluesandReviews

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce

    4.5 this book so surprised me stars Walking into my local library, I spotted this book on a shelf for new arrivals. Looks interesting I thought, but really another thriller? This one looked different because it was not only a thriller but also had a sci fi mention in its book cover blurb. So, I picked it up thinking I'll probably read a bit and set it down. I was totally wrong. This book provided many hours of the "I just could not put it down" minutes. It was fascinating how the author wove a 4.5 this book so surprised me stars Walking into my local library, I spotted this book on a shelf for new arrivals. Looks interesting I thought, but really another thriller? This one looked different because it was not only a thriller but also had a sci fi mention in its book cover blurb. So, I picked it up thinking I'll probably read a bit and set it down. I was totally wrong. This book provided many hours of the "I just could not put it down" minutes. It was fascinating how the author wove a story about a young girl who was kidnapped by a serial killer couple who murdered her mother and then went onto raise her to eventually follow in their footsteps. She lives with them for seven years, but is rescued when the secluded farm they lived on was raided and Charlotte is set free and goes to home to her remaining family. Her young life is in turmoil as she is given the nickname "Burning Girl" as her psycho parents encouraged her to burn the remains of the victim's they murdered when she is older. As she grows she is more and more a pariah. Her father exploits her notoriety in a series of books and movies and their relationship ends when Charlotte realizes that she is a pawn in her father's hands. She enlists the aid of a psychiatrist who seems to help her as he learns everything about her. However, he has an agenda, and gives her new medication which is supposedly to help her anxiety. It does a lot more than that! Not to spoil the story but things do happen to Charlotte and as she teams up with an old high school adversary and her grandmother's boyfriend, the story takes off in in exciting manner. Sounds bizarre right? However, Mr Rice, son of the author Anne Rice, makes it work so well. The story flowed and the author made the premise very believable causing this reader to be unable to put this novel aside. So, in essence, I recommend this book very highly for those who are looking for something a bit different in their thrillers. I believe Mr Rice intends to make this into a series and I am anxious to see where he takes Charlotte next. Very clever story line, Mr Rice!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    EPIC—Literally the first word that comes to mind after finishing up Christopher Rice's masterpiece, Bone Music . Charlotte doesn't have the cookie-cutter life that many would be able to relate to. When she was seven years old, her parents were arrested after they were discovered to be a pair of serial killers, who in fact murdered Charlotte's birth mother. Charlotte's "parents tried to mold her into their prodigy with little success. Once she was rescued, Charlotte was reunited with her EPIC—Literally the first word that comes to mind after finishing up Christopher Rice's masterpiece, Bone Music . Charlotte doesn't have the cookie-cutter life that many would be able to relate to. When she was seven years old, her parents were arrested after they were discovered to be a pair of serial killers, who in fact murdered Charlotte's birth mother. Charlotte's "parents tried to mold her into their prodigy with little success. Once she was rescued, Charlotte was reunited with her biological father and sent to live with him after spending years under the psychological deviousness of her captors. Charlotte's father realizes that Charlotte's story will break the mold for Hollywood success and exploits her shortcomings in a series of fiction novels and movie deals. Charlotte is reliving her past everyday in the public eye, with even more evil and public humiliation than before. Charlotte successfully emancipates from her father and changes her life around for the better. Fast-forward to the present day, Charlotte spends her days in rural Arizona, where she enjoys solitude and tranquility after growing up in the public eye. However, Charlotte's life ends up being completely thrown for a loop when she is secretly dosed with an experimental drug, allowing her to have shocking superhuman strength and healing properties. Think Jessica Jones, but more realistic. Charlotte's life will never be the same again—especially now that she's being hunted by those who want to control her newfound abilities. Once burned by her past, Charlotte will now use her extraordinary powers to prevent anyone falling victim to the torment she once possessed ever again. OK everyone, I have to be honest here when it comes to Bone Music and the amazing Christopher Rice. My boyfriend is a big fan of Mr. Rice's work and for years he was begging me to try and pick up one of his books. My excuses always were, "maybe another time", "don't you read classic literature?", "well Gillian Flynn didn't provide a quote so IDK." It wasn't until I started seeing this book everywhere that it sparked my interest. Of course when I picked it up, the boyfriend was all "told ya so!" about it, but whatever! Bone Music is seriously one of the best books I've ever read in my life. I can feel it, I know it, I'm living it. It's the book you need to read this year. I cannot stop talking about this book! At 450 pages, the story is so multifaceted, yet fast-paced. I never once felt overwhelmed by the length of the story nor the depth of Rice's writing (but seriously the depth in which the story is written is amazing). We learn about a plethora of characters and their personalities, without it ever being too much to handle. Seriously though, am I the only one fangirling over Dylan? #bae Not only is the characterization for Bone Music so wonderfully painted, we are also provided an original story that is not only believable, but refreshing. With a touch of sci-fi/supernatural, the story never falls into fantasy fanfare. If there's one review to take seriously from me this year, it would be this one. I know if you're following me on Instagram @scared_str8, you'll know that for 2017 that book was Unsub. GUYS THIS IS MY NEW WORSHIP BOOK FOR 2018! #micdrop

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)

    Me this entire book: Hi, my name is Hayley and I’m obsessed with murder, especially serial killers. I listen to a murder podcast while I eat breakfast. It’s my thing. I also love super powers. SO yay for a book that combines the two! Except this book SUCKED! My god, it took me almost a month to finish this. I seriously dreaded listening to it every morning, it was so bad. One day my roommate walked in and asked why I was listening to a telephone operator. So, yeah, in case you are wondering the Me this entire book: Hi, my name is Hayley and I’m obsessed with murder, especially serial killers. I listen to a murder podcast while I eat breakfast. It’s my thing. I also love super powers. SO yay for a book that combines the two! Except this book SUCKED! My god, it took me almost a month to finish this. I seriously dreaded listening to it every morning, it was so bad. One day my roommate walked in and asked why I was listening to a telephone operator. So, yeah, in case you are wondering the narrator did not do a good job. I buddy read this with my girl Fran, and our “discussions” went a little something like this: Me: Have you read anything? Fran: Nope. Me: I don't want to.. *** Fran: I want to stab my eyes out Me: *sobs* *** Me: How amazing would it be if Charlie died in the end? She sucks. Fran: I wish they would all die. Are we done yet?! *** Me: Did you finish? I somehow still have an hour! HOW! Fran: This is the worst So yeah, safe to say we hated it. Honestly, if it weren't for the fact that I've already DNFed so many books and that I can't return this I would have pulled the plug within the first hour. I'm very upset I can't return this. The narrator was horrid, like I said phone operator voice, and the characters were even worse. Charolette, or Charlie, was a total b-i-t-c-h. I can tell that the author was trying to make her a strong, "take no shit" female character but instead of coming off as badass she was just a pretentious asshole who would throw anyone in front of a bus to get her way. There is no "I" in "Team", Charlie! GAWD, I hated her. On top of giving no shits about her "friends", unless they agreed 100% with her, being in her head was like being in the head of a whiney teenager. I shit you not she would say things like "Seriously? Really? Really, YOU want to do this?". Her attitude was just overall horrible. She was the worst. From the way she was written and how she spoke, I think I was supposed to think of her as worldly and deep, but alas no weird, flowery language could hide what she truly was - a dumb bitch. All the other characters sucked so much that I don't even care to write about them. Okay, so let's talk about this serial killer who is the "most notorious, sadist serial killer in the history of the United States". So, to be a serial killer you have to kill three people and that's how many this dude killed. THE MOST NOTORIOUS AND VICIOUS SERIAL KILLER IN UNITED STATES' HISTORY KILLED THREE PEOPLE. I'M sorry but... Like, is this a joke? Is Christopher Rice for real? You could create the most insane villain and you have him kill three people? Wtf is wrong with you?! I was expecting Patrick Bateman and I'm seriously disappointed. Like everything else in this book the super powers sucked. I have high expectations where super powers are involved and I wanted to rage quit when it was revealed that the super powers were really just drug induced super strength. You take the pill, you get scared and KA-BOOM you're invincible. Color me not impressed. Oh, and nothing happened pretty much the whole book so that was great. If I could give this book negative stars I would. It was awful. And so, soooo boring. I will never read another Christopher Rice book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    JULIE ☼

    Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf When the serial killer team of Daniel and Abigail Banning stumble upon their next victim, a woman in need of car assistance on the side of the road, they did not expect to abduct and raise her child named Trina Pierce. Years later, the Banning are detained for their horrific acts and Trina is returned to her biological father who takes advantage of what he knew would be a story the media just could not get enough of. Trina, feed up with her father using the Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf When the serial killer team of Daniel and Abigail Banning stumble upon their next victim, a woman in need of car assistance on the side of the road, they did not expect to abduct and raise her child named Trina Pierce. Years later, the Banning are detained for their horrific acts and Trina is returned to her biological father who takes advantage of what he knew would be a story the media just could not get enough of. Trina, feed up with her father using the psychological tragedy of her childhood for financial gain, bails to start a new life as Charlotte Rowe relocating to a segregated dwelling in Arizona. In an attempt to deal with the anxiety brought on by the demons of her past, she frequently meets with a psychologist named Dylan.  Dylan convinces Charlotte to take a pill in its experimental stages to aid the sleeplessness due to her anxiety.  Quickly she finds this magical pill is more than what Dylan has led it to be and that he too had truths of own he was hiding. Oh hi, Christopher Rice! Why don’t you just pull me in, close the door, and don’t let me out until I reach the end of your newest literary genius. After reading the blurb for book one in the Burning Girl series I was ALL IN. Serial killers, medical experimentation, a strong female lead? Yes, yes, and YES. After being in a bit of a reading slump THIS was exactly what I needed. My only hesitation when picking up this novel was the supernatural aspect, which to my delight was minimal and believably… natural. My only other gripe was my desire to learn more about the inner workings of the Mask Maker, the sadistic serial killer Charlotte seeks to hinder from taken further female victims by the use of the power brought on by the experimental drug. A part of me, however, feels Rice use of book one of this series was to introduce the reader to our lead character and her posse of good fellas, but I am hopeful to see this inclusion in the future. Charlotte Rowe, Trina Price, whichever name you want to use to address her, is one bad ass lady!  I loved every part of this strong character's mannerisms. But, Charlotte wasn’t the only one that I enjoyed, I loved the characters that made up her entire squad too. The manner in which Rice connected the story and all its characters took me completely by surprise. The fact that this happened, however, did not come as a surprise given Mr. Rice is such an incredible writer. There was not a single moment while reading this novel where I found my attention deterring, which has been something I have been struggling with with other recent titles. Instead I was completely enthralled in this story, it’s plot, and all its characters. Don’t fear this novel for being 400+ pages, because once you start you will find it difficult to put down. This was an extremely quick read made up of short chapters that kept the pace going smoothly. Rice also offers just the right amount of complexity to its plot keeping his reader turning the pages. I devoured this book and am officially hooked on this series! I will be impatiently waiting for book two and highly recommend this fun and fast-paced thriller. Get this book, you need to meet Charlotte Rowe and you will not regret it! Many thanks to Christopher Rice, Amazon Publishing, and Thomas & Mercer for an advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    "They didn't plan to kill my mother." First line, first page. Instantly hooked. Serial killers who can't bring themselves to kill a baby and raise her as their own. Until they're caught seven years later and she's returned to her birth father... who exploits her story for fame and money. So she changes her name, finds a new place to live off the grid... trying desperately to put this all behind her. But someone just won't let her! I absolutely fell in love with this book. Christopher Rice writes "They didn't plan to kill my mother." First line, first page. Instantly hooked. Serial killers who can't bring themselves to kill a baby and raise her as their own. Until they're caught seven years later and she's returned to her birth father... who exploits her story for fame and money. So she changes her name, finds a new place to live off the grid... trying desperately to put this all behind her. But someone just won't let her! I absolutely fell in love with this book. Christopher Rice writes with such ease. There are bits of a different POVs but mostly we see through Charlotte's eyes. How much of a normal life can one have after a childhood like the one she had? Especially with the reasoning behind her (unwanted) nickname, Burning Girl. Rice writes her with such realness - she's hardened, paranoid, anxious and SMART. I became so engrossed that I was reading this book everywhere I went. Luckily I remembered to look up before crossing a street otherwise my ghost would be writing this review! I didn't expect the sci-fi portion of this thriller but it's done in exactly the way that I like - technology and medicine! Though there is ONE point at the end that I couldn't figure out.. it didn't make sense but it's seriously SUCH a minimal thing that I'm just gonna brush it aside and see if it gets answered or changed in upcoming books, because you better believe I'm continuing this series! I also wish I had more background to the Mask Maker! I do enjoy getting into the head of the bad guy. 😈 As this is the first in the series, I think we are getting the full set up on Charlotte, her "crew" and the baseline for where the next books in the series will go and I expect we will get more of the nitty gritty in future books. Either way, this was quite the ride and I'm tickled bloody red that this was my first book for March. Don't let the 400+ pages intimidate you if you are apt to stay away from the "larger" reads - this reads fast. Once you pick it up, the next thing you know, you're halfway through. Just for the sheer pleasure I had in reading this with each and every single page, I'm giving this a full 5 stars. Put this one on your TBR stack and then come to me so we can discuss! Thank you so much to Amazon Publishing and Thomas & Mercer for this copy in return for my honest opinion.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janelle | She Reads with Cats

    I’m so thankful to Little Bird Publicity, Thomas & Mercer, and Amazon Publishing for providing my free copy of BONE MUSIC by Christopher Rice - all opinions are my own. “All she feels is the bone music and the sense that she has become not darkness but a great fire, bringing a sudden, blazing end to it.” This book literally grabbed my attention from the very first sentence and just kept hold of me the entire time I was reading it! It’s one outstanding thriller and Rice is one hell of a I’m so thankful to Little Bird Publicity, Thomas & Mercer, and Amazon Publishing for providing my free copy of BONE MUSIC by Christopher Rice - all opinions are my own. “All she feels is the bone music and the sense that she has become not darkness but a great fire, bringing a sudden, blazing end to it.” This book literally grabbed my attention from the very first sentence and just kept hold of me the entire time I was reading it! It’s one outstanding thriller and Rice is one hell of a writer! Daniel and Abigail Banning are a husband and wife team of serial killers. They take it upon themselves to abduct and raise a child named Trina, and they spare her no detail of their daily practices. The Bannings are finally arrested and Trina is placed back with her biological family. Flash forward and Trina is twenty six years old and has changed her name to Charlotte Rowe. She’s living on her own and seeing a psychiatrist who is treating her for anxiety. Not only does she have a troubled past, she has a demented stalker too. Charlotte can’t sleep so her psychiatrist gives her a mysterious pill that changes everything. Like every great thriller, the short chapters keep the pace moving perfectly and the writing seams effortless! The plot is complex with a perfect blend of thriller, suspense, and science fiction. Rice does a stellar job writing Charlotte’s character! Although there are some alternative perspectives (which I love), it’s primarily Charlotte’s we see. I love that she’s strong, smart, self-reliant, and has just the right amount of sass. Being that she was raised by two psychopaths, her constant battle with good and evil is interesting and adds an element of psychology that I really enjoy. This is not a short book but it turned out to be an easy, quick read. I am already obsessed with The Burning Girl series and cannot wait for the next installment! I was not expecting to love this book as much as I do!! It’s truly a brilliant, fun story!

  8. 4 out of 5

    ❆Francesca (Mother of Cats) Selina❆

    Buddy read (well, sort of) with Tweedledee 〈 〉 If I could I would give this -5 stars but alas, let’s go for 1 star. *looks up string of angry GIFs* Also...the mood of the whole BR: Hayl: FUCK THIS. FUCK THIS BITCH. FUCK THAT PRICK TOO. Me: I want to buy a physical copy of this book so I can set it on fire. 〈 〉 First of all, shame on you book for making me waste 10 days trying to get through you. But let’s talk about what really sucked about this, shall we? The whole premise is SO Buddy read (well, sort of) with Tweedledee ┈ ┈ ┈ ⋞ 〈 ⏣ 〉 ⋟ ┈ ┈ ┈ If I could I would give this -5 stars but alas, let’s go for 1 star. *looks up string of angry GIFs* Also...the mood of the whole BR: Hayl: FUCK THIS. FUCK THIS BITCH. FUCK THAT PRICK TOO. Me: I want to buy a physical copy of this book so I can set it on fire. ┈ ┈ ┈ ⋞ 〈 ⏣ 〉 ⋟ ┈ ┈ ┈ First of all, shame on you book for making me waste 10 days trying to get through you. But let’s talk about what really sucked about this, shall we? The whole premise is SO misleading: you expect this breathtaking thriller about a girl raised by a couple of serial killers and gets rescued by the police later on only to end up being part of some secret experiment which will change her life forever....well, you couldn’t be more wrong! Let me tell you what this thing is really about: an infant gets abducted by a couple of hillbillies (one is a sadistic rapist, the other is his wife whose job is to get rid of the bodies once the husband is done with them) and is raised on their property where all she does is stare at cows, look at birds, and occasionally throw some objects in the incinerator (I know, you can so clearly see all the mental scars this poor bitch is gonna develop); fast forward 8 years the little girl is rescued & reunited with her biological father who proceeds to treat her like a cash cow for the next eight years until she snaps, sues him, moves in with her grandma until she passes away and then moves in the middle of nowhere & becomes a hermit (literally...she buys a super secured house in the middle of Arizona) and tries to live a quiet life.... Wait, but where’s the farmaceutical experiment & what does it consist of? Well, let me tell you: her “analyst” gives her a bottle of pills saying they’re a not yet on the market sleeping pills (but in reality they turn her into a trash version of WonderWoman: it basically gives super strength and switches off the fear response). Yup, this is it. After that the plot turns into a bunch of people trying to look smart/badass/put together who decide to hunt down the most nefarious serial killer of the US...no, I’m not talking about the Son of Sam or the Green River Killer or Ted Bundy.....I’m talking about a dude who has killed 3 chicks and removed their faces and placed them on statues. YEAH, I KNOW. The characters are some of the most boring and annoying “people” (because they aren’t good enough to come across as people but instead they appear as a bunch of words stitched together in a vague human shape). The female lead is an overconfident, bitchy, prima donna. The male lead (her childhood bully) is a dumb idiot who thinks she shits rainbows and has the charisma of a potato. We also have a plethora of secondary characters whose entire job consists of eating up every single words she says & reply with “oh my god Charley, you’re so AMAZING #hearteyes #iwannabelikeyou #goddess”, plus some other shmucks who are behind the whole experiment thing and who would put the worst stalker to shame. The writing is so unimpressive (it felt flat, heartless) I was bored even before I hit the halfway mark (I don’t know why I didn’t quit it, I feel like if I kept reading it would drop some mind blowing bomb....plus I was stuck on some sort of DNF marathon and I wanted to actually finish a book for once) and it never managed to get me hooked. In conclusion:

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    There's more than one way to stoke the fires of revenge. Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew. A pair of serial killers. After her rescue her father sold her story to make money with a horror movie franchise. As an adult Charlotte has gone to extensive lengths to keep herself safe. This book weaves a tale that turns the table on the female victim trope. The theme of control and manipulation of "Burning Girl" are handled well. But there There's more than one way to stoke the fires of revenge. Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew. A pair of serial killers. After her rescue her father sold her story to make money with a horror movie franchise. As an adult Charlotte has gone to extensive lengths to keep herself safe. This book weaves a tale that turns the table on the female victim trope. The theme of control and manipulation of "Burning Girl" are handled well. But there is no denying this will become an engaging series I read a review that said this book had a mundane plot. Seriously ? Mundane is not how I would describe it. Riveting, unexpected, interesting,intense complex page turner. Master storytelling by author Christopher Rice. Of course, parts of it are unrealistic. Do you think everything on TV is real. This book was a blend of mystery thriller/science fiction done well. I definitely enjoyed it

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bill Kupersmith

    DNF @ 26%. I like kick-ass chicks but not chemically enhanced.. As for the male lead - “But he’s a bigger fan of actually getting to know a woman, and relieving himself with porn until the time’s right to hop into bed with her” - I’m old-fashioned, but not my notion of a romantic hero. The flat present tense prose is terribly monotonous too.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    This is an intense, fast-paced thriller that I really enjoyed! It follows this girl named Charolette Rowe, who gets kidnapped as a baby. These serial killers murder her mother, and then they can't bring themselves to kill her too, so they raise her as one of their own. She is raised by these two serial killers until she is seven years old; when they are finally caught and she is sent home to her real father. Her Father decides to sell her story to the media and she gets labeled as the "Burning This is an intense, fast-paced thriller that I really enjoyed! It follows this girl named Charolette Rowe, who gets kidnapped as a baby. These serial killers murder her mother, and then they can't bring themselves to kill her too, so they raise her as one of their own. She is raised by these two serial killers until she is seven years old; when they are finally caught and she is sent home to her real father. Her Father decides to sell her story to the media and she gets labeled as the "Burning Girl" and she is forced to change her name and distance herself from this past. This book has really great writing, and it's easy to read. I was hooked from the beginning and I found this book hard to put down. There is a lot of graphic language and violence which I wasn't expecting from a young adult thriller. I thought Charloette as a main character was incredibly badass and independent and I rooted for her throughout this whole thing. And without getting into spoilers, this story went somehwere I wasn't expecting it to go, which is always really awesome! Overall, this is a fun fast-paced thriller and I'm definitely hooked on this series! I can't wait to see where the next book goes! The only reason why I knocked off a star is because some parts of the ending went a little over my head, but other than that I had a great time reading this! Thank you to Amazon Publishing for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rissa

    Bone music 3.5 Bone music was dark and mysterious and i loved it. She had something horrible happen. Most times when people go through a tragedy they try to push that memory down so far thats it barely stingsthe surface. She wasnt that lucky. In fact she was entirely unlucky. And in my opinion, unloved. Her father wrote books about her disaster and put a twist on them to make them sell. The he made it even more dark and monsterous. The books turned to movies as so many do and her hell kept Bone music 3.5⭐️ Bone music was dark and mysterious and i loved it. She had something horrible happen. Most times when people go through a tragedy they try to push that memory down so far thats it barely stingsthe surface. She wasnt that lucky. In fact she was entirely unlucky. And in my opinion, unloved. Her father wrote books about her disaster and put a twist on them to make them sell. The he made it even more dark and monsterous. The books turned to movies as so many do and her hell kept growing no matter what she did she could never be free of her past. Not anymore. People believe what they read and see. They dont care to get the truth if it’s boring. They want a story. A good story, a great story she just wants a bland normal life away from everyone and everything. But her hell is to large and monsters creep out from all angles. Beginning and end was really good but the in between was slow and dragged out but still a good Intriguing book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    Bone Music was a pretty interesting audio book. I feel like I zoomed through half of the book yesterday and then the rest of it today. Well, that's because I did. I actually started the audio kind of late then I went to sleep (yes I sleep people) and started it as soon as I got to work. It definitely made work more tolerable. Charlotte, also known as Charlie, was so freaking lovable. I instantly liked her character and thought she was a super bad ass. She also had super strength and shit when she Bone Music was a pretty interesting audio book. I feel like I zoomed through half of the book yesterday and then the rest of it today. Well, that's because I did. I actually started the audio kind of late then I went to sleep (yes I sleep people) and started it as soon as I got to work. It definitely made work more tolerable. Charlotte, also known as Charlie, was so freaking lovable. I instantly liked her character and thought she was a super bad ass. She also had super strength and shit when she felt that she was in danger. Of course this didn't just start the day she was born. No, it all started after she was given some mysterious pill. The twists and turns were so good. I honestly didn't know who to trust besides Luke. I absolutely loved Luke. Bailey was helpful too but Luke was my man. Speaking of him... well, I shipped the heck out of these two. I'm kind of mad that the entire time I was shipping these two that I only got a little teasing sentence about how they shared a kiss.. at the end of the book. Such a tease! Overall, this book was interesting. I'm glad I got the audio instead of the physical or kindle book because I think I probably would've gotten bored during some of slower pacing parts. I have no idea what the next book will have in it but I can't wait to dive into it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Terri Wino

    Really enjoyed this one -- even more than I expected to. The description sounded interesting and, for once, the actual story delivered! Charley is a strong, likeable character that you quickly form an attachment to, and her circle of friends are just as interesting. While the actual premise of this book is a little out there, I enjoy that kind of book as long as it's well-written, and this one definitely is. I should say this is my first foray into Christopher Rice's work and this book reminded Really enjoyed this one -- even more than I expected to. The description sounded interesting and, for once, the actual story delivered! Charley is a strong, likeable character that you quickly form an attachment to, and her circle of friends are just as interesting. While the actual premise of this book is a little out there, I enjoy that kind of book as long as it's well-written, and this one definitely is. I should say this is my first foray into Christopher Rice's work and this book reminded me of old school Dean Koontz, back when his books were full of suspense and his stories weren't dragged out unnecessarily just to make money from another book. I will DEFINITELY continue with the next book in this series and hope it's as good as this one!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I suspected Christopher Rice was a successful author riding on his mother's (Anne Rice) coattails, but this turned out to be a first rate thriller, and I apologize to him for my unworthy expectations!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gare Billings

    Growing up, I was always a fan of reading. Always. A book or two here or there, sometimes more in the summer, sometimes more in the winter. But, I always read. Then came a moment in my freshman year of high school where I stumbled upon A DENSITY OF SOULS by Christopher Rice. Mind you, I do not remember how I found this novel, where I bought it, or how I had even heard of it. What I do remember vividly is every moment after I opened the novel. I remember bringing it with me everywhere, sneaking Growing up, I was always a fan of reading. Always. A book or two here or there, sometimes more in the summer, sometimes more in the winter. But, I always read. Then came a moment in my freshman year of high school where I stumbled upon A DENSITY OF SOULS by Christopher Rice. Mind you, I do not remember how I found this novel, where I bought it, or how I had even heard of it. What I do remember vividly is every moment after I opened the novel. I remember bringing it with me everywhere, sneaking in pages at the most random times. I remember reading it in the car on my way to dinner with my parents, allowing it to envelop me during my study halls, staying up too late on a school night to finish it. I remember those moments and every other moment that I got my hands on a new Christopher Rice book. BONE MUSIC is another one of those stories. The plot to this one is seemingly normal starting off. I initially planned on reading the prologue and maybe chapter one when I first began this novel and found myself weary and falling asleep way later than I had planned to at easily 100 pages in. This plot is intricate, timeless, and a tour de force that grabs you from page one and is relentless with its grip until the last chilling sentence. What I love about Christopher Rice's writing (i.e. everything) is that he not only does a fantastic job of weaving together many mini-storylines with the main focus of the plot, but does so in a way that allows the reader to get to know every character in detail as you journey through this emotional, harrowing, and extremely suspenseful ride. This is present in mostly of all of his novels (that require it) and this one is no exception to his immensely addictive writing. But, this one kicks it up a notch by combining a thriller with science fiction and dare I say, a bit of the supernatural. Rice allows the reader to become fully invested in this novel before introducing other genres in a way that not only eases you into what is about to come, but has enough shock value to become more addicted and really question what could happen next. The characters in this one are not only exceptionally brilliant in only the way that Christopher Rice can write them, but radiate off the pages effortlessly. Charlotte Rowe is easily my new favorite heroine. I absolutely loved her and the way she was written. She is strong, intelligent, and determined - but also has a vulnerability that seeps out of the pages occasionally making it impossible not to love her. Whether a villain or a hero, each character in this novel is so complex and crucial to the story, it's hard to not even love the ones you're supposed to hate. Even two characters only mentioned in a backstory are worthy of their own spinoff novels. I could not get enough of the characterization in this novel and how well they carried this storyline. I can imagine the planning it took to not only execute this plot, but to weigh in the desire for these shining stars makes this read even more enjoyable. While I'm not a fan of science fiction or the supernatural, I am a fan of Christopher Rice. I always have been and I always will be. After reading this novel, I was completely immersed in this story and even found myself getting used to the elements that I had to step out of my comfort zone to enjoy and I don't regret it one bit. This novel is chilling, exciting, and peppered with emotion. Knowing that this is part of a series is enjoyment enough. I cannot wait for the next Burning Girl book. This is proof enough that Christopher Rice can write anything and it will always be a masterpiece. *Special thanks to Amazon Publishing and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with this read in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Ryan

    4.5* Trina Pierce was abducted as a baby and spent her first seven years with the killer couple who murdered her mother. They wanted to ‘train’ her to be just like them. After she was rescued from the clutches of the serial killers, Abigail and Daniel Banning, her nightmare should have ended, but her father saw fit to exploit her experience, through the tabloid press and the movie industry. That, together with a weird stalker who admired the Banning’s, gave Trina the incentive to escape and 4.5* Trina Pierce was abducted as a baby and spent her first seven years with the killer couple who murdered her mother. They wanted to ‘train’ her to be just like them. After she was rescued from the clutches of the serial killers, Abigail and Daniel Banning, her nightmare should have ended, but her father saw fit to exploit her experience, through the tabloid press and the movie industry. That, together with a weird stalker who admired the Banning’s, gave Trina the incentive to escape and detach herself from everything her life had been and had become by going to live with her grandmother. Now, as Charlotte Rowe, she lives in seclusion in the Arizona desert, working from home and seeing Dylan Thorpe, her therapist, on a regular basis. Dylan however has his own agenda and tricks her into taking what she believes is a new drug to calm her anxieties. The effect is mind-blowing and once more Charlotte’s world spins out of control, leaving her with a whole set of frighteningly different problems. There are multiple story lines, including that of Graydon Pharmaceuticals, a drug company illegally testing experimental drugs, all meshing together as the narrative progresses. I had no preconceptions about the book as Bone Music is my introduction to Christopher Rice’s writing and I enjoyed it very much. Short chapters keep up the fast pace, with solid characters who are developed and fleshed out extremely well. Even as belief had to be suspended slightly a time or two, still the basic concept of the story is an intriguing and could really happen scenario. Mostly told from Charlotte’s point of view. but with several others included as well, the narrative completely held my interest. The characters are complex and well defined, Charlotte has a small circle of engaging friends backing her up, and the difference between the good and bad is distinct. The concise backstories for the characters show the reasoning behind their actions and responses, whether justified or not. Apart from the happy and normal time she spent living with her grandmother, Charlotte has endured much and been exploited all her life, so to see her turn the tables was very satisfying. It’s an fascinating story, with a worthy protagonist, which ends leaving threads to be picked up in the next book. I chose to read and review Bone Music courtesy of Katie at LittleBird Publicity and based on an advance reader copy supplied by NetGalley and the author/publisher.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Trudy Lynn Brockman

    Not what I expected. The storyline, premise, goal...all good! Characters OK. Seemed all over the place to me. Definitely not what I expected. Was not an easy read...at times did not really want to finish. Will try another of his books anyway.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    First in The Burning Girl sci-fi thriller series and revolving around Charlotte Rowe, as she’s known now. My Take A story narrative that uses in medias res with that confusing interview to pull you in and then goes backwards and forwards, using lots of flashbacks and incorporating the angel-devil inner conflict, mostly with Charlotte and somewhat with Luke. It’s a common enough sub-theme, that family is what you make it, not just blood. You can’t help but laugh and cry at the same time at the First in The Burning Girl sci-fi thriller series and revolving around Charlotte Rowe, as she’s known now. My Take A story narrative that uses in medias res with that confusing interview to pull you in and then goes backwards and forwards, using lots of flashbacks and incorporating the angel-devil inner conflict, mostly with Charlotte and somewhat with Luke. It’s a common enough sub-theme, that family is what you make it, not just blood. You can’t help but laugh and cry at the same time at the start. And Rice pulls you right in. It’s about Charley’s need for self-preservation at war with her subconscious questioning of herself: bred to kill, but wanting to be a better person. Angry for all those victims, their lives cut short. All of which we learn through multiple third-person point-of-view with Charlotte as the primary perspective and Luke and Cole as minor ones. Rice certainly has an interesting premise for his story, and I kept forgetting that Charlotte may well have a shelf life with this new boost to her constitution. Nor is that the only teaser, as Rice has lots of ‘em in this, ensuring we’ll keep reading. His characters are complex with us discovering different sides to them from good to bad and vice versa. It kept me wondering enough to keep flipping those pages and hoping book #2 isn’t far behind. I did appreciate Luke’s explanation for his behavior. It does make it more understandable. No less awful, but…parents have GOT to stop forcing them to live the lives they want them to follow! It certainly does grant Charley a number of kudos, some of which she’s been realizing in this story. As for the FBI having a thing for Bailey. I should think they’d publicly denounce him and privately thank him! And it’s a sad reflection on society that rude behavior turns a person into a monster. Makes sense of the whole masks issue, but it’s not a reason to do what they do. The niggles, well, as mean as it sounds, I do wish there had been more angst for Luke in getting past his past. This was too easy. Well, it’s too easy in the book, although it sure sounds like Luke suffered to get where he is. I want to whine about the insta-love, but it is and it isn’t. I’ll also complain that Rice didn’t make it scary enough. I want more tension in the interaction between Charley and Cole. It’s one heck of a plot voucher that leads Charlotte on a not-at-all-merry dance and into a happy ending…with a cliffhanger. The Story Seven years being groomed to kill, nine years exploited by the man who should have had her welfare at heart, and ten years in which to recover. Only it’s not a recovery. Charlotte is in hiding, afraid of a world that wants to believe the worst of her. It’s when she’s facing those truths that Charley is secretly dosed with an experimental drug. Endowed with a shocking new power, Charley is pursued by her betrayer and the treacherous corporation desperate to control her. Except from now on, if anybody is going to control Charlotte, it’s going to be Charlotte herself. She’s determined to use the extraordinary ability she now possesses to fight the kind of evil that shattered her life — by drawing a serial killer out from the shadows to face the righteous fury of a victim turned avenger. The Characters Trina Pierce became Charlotte Rowe to escape her notoriety. Luanne is the grandmother who had sheltered Charlotte for the past ten years. Lowell Pierce is Charley's jerk of a father who exploited her and earned a fortune on the Savage Woods films. Kayla LeBlanc is the lawyer who helped Trina sue her father. Altamira, California, is… …where Luanne had lived and run a pet supply store. Martin “Marty” Cahill, a building contractor/handyman dishonorably discharged from the Marines, had been her grandmother’s boyfriend. His posse of 12-steppers includes Dr. Marcia Brewerton; the sleeved Dale; Lonnie; Trev Rucker, a former Marine sniper; and, Dave Brasher. Luke Prescott is a new, shiny sheriff’s deputy in town. He’s also an old schoolmate of Charlotte’s, a nasty bully. He’s currently living in the old Hickman place, the childhood home of Emily, a school friend of Charlotte’s. Bailey is Luke’s youngest brother, a computer hacker. Reggie had been Luke’s freshman-year roommate. Sheriff Mona Sanchez is half Chumash, Luke’s boss, and former military. She’d also been friends with Luke’s mother. Bill Poindexter was the deputy who retired. Peter Henricks is another deputy. Judy Lyle is reception and dispatch. Dan Soto runs the Gold Mine Tavern and has a scanner. The Copper Pot is a café with the best pie. Silver Shore Investments sucker punched Altamira with its grandiose ideas. Stanley Morrison’s wife is really ticked at her husband. Dorothy Strickland lives across the street from Luke. Scarlet, Arizona, is… …where Charlotte moves and works from home as a travel agent. Dr. Dylan Thorpe is the psychiatrist treating Charlotte. The Blake is a restored movie house. Benny was a biker who came to the AA meetings and shared too joyfully. “Thor” and Axel are some of the threatening bikers. Graydon Pharmaceuticals is… …part of a consortium. Cole Graydon has taken over his father’s pharmaceutical company. Ed Baker is a former deputy chief for the LAPD and now heads up Graydon security. Dr. Nora Suvari, a Harvard PhD, is the head of gastrointestinal treatments. Tucker Albright, a beef distributor, is the chairman of the board, because he’s chummy with mummy. Cole’s mother has a horse ranch in Rancho Santa Fe. Sunatrex is the new stomach drug that probably represents what most drug companies do for us. Mark Hetherington is a registered nurse and part of security. Project Bluebird had been… …a black books drug experiment participated in, funded by, The Consortium. Dylan Cody has a background as a Navy SEAL, a degree in chemical and physical biology, and a PhD in neuroscience. Crispin Corp is… …a very successful surveillance technology company headed up by Julia Crispin, a rape survivor. Detective Manuel Ramirez is in charge of finding the Mask Maker. Kelley Sumter had changed her name to Harley Grey. Sarah Pratt had been a fitness instructor. Dr. Frederick Pemberton is a plastic surgeon. Denny Bryant is in real estate and runs the Bryant Center, a youth sciences center. Dr. Ella Stanovski works for the Center. Bryant is a donor to Global Healers which visited the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya a few years ago. Lilah Turlington, a.k.a., Lisa Hilliard, had a son, Noah, and a boyfriend, Eddie Stevens. Cassie Murdoch and Jane Blaire, best friends, were taking a road trip. Jennifer Albright had been a flight attendant. Emily Connolly had been a CPA; Zach Pike had been the man she met online. Jason Briffel admires the Bannings and has his own dreams for Trina. The Savior is working with Jason. The Mask Maker is the current serial killer, terrorizing L.A. Barry Fitness is a nice gym. Agent Rohm is with the FBI and quite the nasty extortionist. I hope he’ll get his comeuppance in some future story. Jerk. Daniel and Abigail Banning were serial killers, with sort of a heart. They taught Trina all about the corrupters, living things that tried to steal from them. Zypraxon is a new experimental drug intended to help with anxieties and mental paralysis. Paradrenaline is a new hormone. Plastination is used to preserve bodies, exposing their muscles, allowing them to be posed and exhibited. The Cover and Title The cover is quietly dramatic with it’s almost silhouette of a desert landscape in the bottom half and a soft sunrise of pale peaches, pinks, and purples…until you notice the eyes in the sky set between the title words which are a gradation of black to sunrise sparkles. The series information is at the top in pale yellow with the author’s information and an info blurb in white at the bottom. The title is the sound the change makes inside Charley, the Bone Music, that signals her transformation.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Russell Sanders

    It’s been ages since I’ve read a 450 page book in three days. And I would have read Christopher Rice’s Bone Music much quicker if eye fatigue and life hadn’t gotten in the way. Rice, one of my favorite authors, has created a compelling tale, that of Charlotte Rowe, a young woman coping with the fact that the first seven years of her life were spent with serial killers. Charlotte is trying desperately to put her life back together in her adulthood when she becomes manipulated. And that It’s been ages since I’ve read a 450 page book in three days. And I would have read Christopher Rice’s Bone Music much quicker if eye fatigue and life hadn’t gotten in the way. Rice, one of my favorite authors, has created a compelling tale, that of Charlotte Rowe, a young woman coping with the fact that the first seven years of her life were spent with serial killers. Charlotte is trying desperately to put her life back together in her adulthood when she becomes manipulated. And that manipulation borders on science fiction. But Rice is such a masterful storyteller that we believe that bit of science fiction. It’s not as if we, as readers, simply accept that such a thing can happen, it is that we believe such a thing is possible and will indeed happen, if not now, then in the future. And that premise propels this very human story into a fast-moving almost “coming of age” story, a love story, a suspense story, a thriller. And that is Rice’s gift: he can weave all those elements into a magnificent book. And not only that, a book that appears to be the first of series. I’m not a huge fan of series books—my anal retentive personality makes me feel obligated to continue reading each book, if only to find out what’s next for the protagonist. But I eagerly look forward to installment two of The Burning Girl mysteries. I close with this: in a book fraught with suspense of the dangerous kind, Rice fills a first kiss with so much tender suspense that I melted. His description of that kiss is one of the most lovely I’ve ever read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lynn (Smile24k)

    For me this book is firmly in the 3.5 star range. I struggled with whether to round up or down and decided to round up, because at the end of it all, I would actually read the next book in the series. Basic Plot: Charlotte was raised by the serial killers who killed her mother and now in adulthood she is trying to reclaim her life by living under a new name, with tight security, and trying to find some type of normalcy. There are people out there who either won't let her forget her past or don't For me this book is firmly in the 3.5 star range. I struggled with whether to round up or down and decided to round up, because at the end of it all, I would actually read the next book in the series. Basic Plot: Charlotte was raised by the serial killers who killed her mother and now in adulthood she is trying to reclaim her life by living under a new name, with tight security, and trying to find some type of normalcy. There are people out there who either won't let her forget her past or don't want her to forget her past. She ends up taking a mysterious new drug that gives her some nifty superhuman powers. The story follows her as she tries to figure out more about the drug and the people who gave it to her. Will she become a crime fighter against people like her "parents" or will she keep aiming for the normal life she's never had? I enjoyed this book enough to rate it in the 3.5 star range, but surprisingly, I did not really connect with any of the characters. This book, at least for me, is more story driven than character driven. I found the concept of the drug to be really interesting and what a regular individual could do while on it, to be scary and fascinating. The only characters who peaked my interest in terms of wanting to know more of their backstory, were Dylan and Cole, both of whom are sub-characters. What keeps this book from easily being 4 stars are the pages (and pages) of Charlotte's internal dialogue. My lack of connection with the character may have contributed to my desire for her to get out of her head, stop thinking, and get on with the action. The writing is clear and the story compelling enough that I will likely read book 2.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Krissy

    3.5 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Donna Backshall

    Bone Music was bomb #2 of my three-month Kindle Unlimited extravaganza. It was cheesy and boring, there was no depth to the story, and the writing was bland. Surprisingly the grammar was decent, which is so rare in these days of indie publications, so props for that, but good grammar doesn't make a book interesting, just palatable. I'm usually all about sci-fi thrillers, especially books about badass women, but this one never connected with me. It may be because I was listening to the audio Bone Music was bomb #2 of my three-month Kindle Unlimited extravaganza. It was cheesy and boring, there was no depth to the story, and the writing was bland. Surprisingly the grammar was decent, which is so rare in these days of indie publications, so props for that, but good grammar doesn't make a book interesting, just palatable. I'm usually all about sci-fi thrillers, especially books about badass women, but this one never connected with me. It may be because I was listening to the audio version and holy guacamole, what an unlikable narrator! Her voice, accents and pronunciations drove me batty, to the point where I hated the story when actually I was just hating her voice. Narration can make or break a novel, and that's what happened here. It didn't just break, it shattered into a million frustrating pieces. In TV shows and films, casting agents look for chemistry, and I believe in audio books there should be chemistry too. Reading should be just like acting. Every author should strive to find the kind of chemistry John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton have as author and narrator. I often feel, as I did listening to Bone Music, that any old narrator was plucked out of the pool, chemistry be damned. Or did Christopher Rice lose a bet? Owe a family friend a favor? In this case, the narrator is so haughty sounding, I can't imagine she'd have chemistry with *any* book. She and her over-enunciations certainly had anti-chemistry with this one. It's not her fault, but I am definitely putting Lauren Ezzo on my 'never listen' shelf, and that includes actually finishing Bone Music. I can't. I just can't.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    The magic of a story, for me, begins and ends with characters. Whatever the plot is, however intricate and compelling it might be, I first have to believe the characters and I have to feel the emotions. I had that connection here, immediately. Charlotte is a riveting main character. No character feels minor. I got to know them all, to varying degrees, and they all came alive on the pages. The writing drops us right in the midst of Charlotte's life. Rice strikes that perfect balance between The magic of a story, for me, begins and ends with characters. Whatever the plot is, however intricate and compelling it might be, I first have to believe the characters and I have to feel the emotions. I had that connection here, immediately. Charlotte is a riveting main character. No character feels minor. I got to know them all, to varying degrees, and they all came alive on the pages. The writing drops us right in the midst of Charlotte's life. Rice strikes that perfect balance between providing enough detail for us to live the story but not so much that it becomes tedious and/or slows the pace. While some readers are calling this sci-fi, I didn't get that feeling at all. This is very much suspense/thriller as far as content and pacing. Yes, there is the experimental drug and its effects, but Rice puts this squarely in the realm of plausibility. I have no problem stepping outside ordinary boundaries if an author leads me there in a way that makes sense. Rice does just that. My only complaint: Book 2 won't be out until February 2019. I have to wait an entire year to read Blood Echo. *I received an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.*

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Very readable,fast paced thriller with elements of science fiction.Sfnal elements aren't very convincing,there is to much Michael Chricton/Robin Cook/Dean Koontz feel to them for my taste.But the rest of the novel is very good indeed.Christopher Rice is excellent writer and even better storyteller.Pages fly by like a dream.Bottom line;somewhat flawed,but very good novel.Anne Rice can be proud.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    A tense, super fast-paced sci-fi thriller that reads like a blockbuster. Loved the characters, especially Luke A tense, super fast-paced sci-fi thriller that reads like a blockbuster. Loved the characters, especially Luke ❤

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pam Nelson

    This is a HUGE leap outside my comforts zone, but I LOVED it! I love how fast pasted it was, how invested I got in the character. Charlotte Rowe has NOT had an easy life and I enjoyed the heck out of reading about her story. How she was cooping or not cooping, what she wished was different but how it couldn’t be. I just liked her character and the narrator I loved, I enjoyed the almost two tones she did when she was on the medication and when she wasn’t it was really awesome. It is a little on This is a HUGE leap outside my comforts zone, but I LOVED it! I love how fast pasted it was, how invested I got in the character. Charlotte Rowe has NOT had an easy life and I enjoyed the heck out of reading about her story. How she was cooping or not cooping, what she wished was different but how it couldn’t be. I just liked her character and the narrator I loved, I enjoyed the almost two tones she did when she was on the medication and when she wasn’t it was really awesome. It is a little on the suspense side, and a lot on the mystery of things but it sure is packed with vivid imagery I could almost see it and feel it. I don’t have a point of reference because I read romance and this wasn’t that. I don’t know if this was Thriller enough for some but it was for me. So I have no idea if this was good to other just that I know I enjoyed it and would keep reading the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kate~Bibliophile Book Club

    I didn’t do too well with this one. Interesting premise, and good writing, but it just didn’t do anything for me!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jason Bradley

    I'm going to say this was me, not the book. I just couldn't stay focused on this and had to leave it DNF.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katy (Katyslibrary)

    Thank you so much Amazon Publishing and LMS for sending me a copy of Christopher Rice's new novel in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed Bone Music, it was completely unique and very refreshing. I haven't read a story quite like this one and it made it that much more engrossing. A badass female lead with a dark history, entertaining side characters, thrills mixed with science, all elements that added to make this a four star read! I can't wait to see where this series goes. "Imagine Thank you so much Amazon Publishing and LMS for sending me a copy of Christopher Rice's new novel in exchange for an honest review.  I really enjoyed Bone Music, it was completely unique and very refreshing.  I haven't read a story quite like this one and it made it that much more engrossing.  A badass female lead with a dark history, entertaining side characters, thrills mixed with science, all elements that added to make this a four star read!  I can't wait to see where this series goes.  "Imagine witnessing a murder before you know what death is..." From the first sentence I was pulled into this book.  I love thrillers, but quick paced ones with darker back stories.  This fit the bill perfectly.  It gave that creepy thriller feel right away and as the story progressed it added in sci-fi elements that made it that much more layered.  I also think the overall plot of this story is so relevant to todays times and relatable as a woman. The idea of giving women the power to fight back attackers will surely capture the attention of many readers and I can't wait to see where this series will go. Charlotte was a great character.  She has such a dark history, but how she handles her life going forward is so interesting.  She hid away for years after what happened to her and now has the ability to over take killers like the ones who first kidnapped her and she isn't going to let the chance pass her by.  I also really liked Marty, Luke and especially Bailey who we actually have yet to fully meet.  I enjoyed the villains as well, and its kind of questionable to if they truly are villains or not since they seem to have good intentions.  The main serial killer villain though was disgusting yet so real, he was so well written.   The only down part was at times the story was confusing and the ending was a bit lackluster, although I assume that was because he wants to set up the next book in the series. Christopher Rice has hooked me and I am ready to follow this series until the end.  Can the next book just be out already??  Give this a read if you're a fan of thrillers or sic-fi  you won't be disappointed! 

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