Book Title: Bone Music
Author: Christopher Rice
REVIEWED BY: DENNIS
Series: Burning Girl #1
Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Crime Fiction
Pub Date: 03/01/18
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.
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