Book Review

Near the Bone Review

Book Cover

Mattie can’t remember a time before she and William lived alone on a mountain together. She must never make him upset. But when Mattie discovers the mutilated body of a fox in the woods, she realizes that they’re not alone after all.


My Review

Another spooky review from the backlist log? You got it! Near the Bone was spectacularly creepy and more in a ‘Criminal Minds’ meets ‘Supernatural’ way. ‘Supernatural’ for the dark actual supernatural aspect, ‘Criminal Minds’ for the utterly terrifying and real villain of it all.

Mattie is a young woman married to an older man but it’s something more sinister than that and Henry lets you feel that right from the start. There’s something amiss, and it’s more than the clearly abusive situation which she just a hauntingly good job with.

All Mattie’s life, that she can remember, her biggest threat, the one thing to not upset was her husband William. But suddenly there’s a much bigger threat than William and now Mattie is left to contend with it, with the possible help of strangers (and throw her husband into the mix for added measure and terror).

I really enjoyed watching Mattie interact with the strangers and with nature itself; she’s been so isolated that having the story through her eyes is such a great reading experience. She’s remembering things at times, she’d discovering things, and mixed all in is the sheer terror she feels as she appears to be hunted. The question is, will she escape the monsters in the mountains?

You never know what’s going to happen next and Henry makes it clear that anyone can be taken away in this book so it was hard to not just pout when a character was taken away but it was all done so well and I could hardly put the book down once the ‘hunt’ was really on. There was something about those last few chapters that had me glued to my seat, I had no idea how it was going to end; but I loved the ending.

4/5 cups of coffee from me. A great thriller/horror novel and definitely one for a spooky tbr! And that’s another backlist review up!

By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

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