"A high octane, horrific, and terror filled novel; thy name is Christopher Rice."
Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted April 15, 2018
Thriller Serial Killer | Thriller Psychological
When Charlotte Rowe aka Trina aka Burning Girl is just seven
years old, she discovered that the people she thought of as
her parents were serial killers when the police came to take
them away. She also discovered that she was only a baby when
her mother was murdered by these same serial killers, Daniel
and Abigail Banning. They had not meant to kill her mother
and, only afterwards, did they discover the existence of
Charlotte in a car seat in the back of the vehicle. Of
course, they could not bring themselves to kill a baby, so
they simply took her home with them. In this case, home was
an isolated farmhouse surrounded by plenty of land.
The next thing they did was to attempt to train little Trina
to follow in their bloody footsteps. In other words, they
were teaching her how to be a serial killer. Before she
could be irreparably damaged, however, Daniel and Abigail
were caught and imprisoned, their reign of terror at an end.
Trina was reunited with her biological father who had
assumed that she had been kidnapped by the lethal pair and
probably killed as well. That was not what happened.
Instead, Trina went to live with her biological father. You
would think that was a good thing. As it turns out, while
not wanting to harm her, he hurts her in another way. He
embarks on a path that uses her experience as a way to make
money. One day, sick of his greed, she walks off stage in
the middle of a talk show and walks out of his life. It was
the best decision she ever made.
She went to live with her grandmother and took a new name
for herself. She became Charlotte Rowe even though her cover
was effectively blown. Charley, as she calls herself, is now
pretty much outed as Trina, the Burning Girl, although she
still tries to keep hiding her true identify. All of this
lands her in a therapist's office and away from people who
would love a chance to mess with her.
It also hands her a rare opportunity when her therapist
gives her some pills for her anxiety. What he does not share
with her is what these pills actually do. She finds out
quickly enough just by taking one and discovering that she
is empowered with certain abilities.
Charley is on the run once again, only this time the people
hunting her are not just those that want to make her life
even more miserable. It is an obscure, well hidden, agency
and they are seriously interested in what the pills can
allow her to do. Nothing prepares her for what is coming,
but she will find a way to deal with it. This decision makes
her a formidable opponent for anyone who puts her in danger.
Christopher Rice has crafted another tension filled and
exciting book. If you are expecting BONE MUSIC to be a
calming and relaxing read; you would be wrong. While not
quite hitting the ground running, BONE MUSIC invites you in,
then quickly turns up the volume with action-packed excitement.
BONE MUSIC never gives you a chance to catch your breath.
The characters are three dimensional and you can almost
expect to find them standing in your home as you read. It
has a bit of everything. There are some romantic moments,
but this book is not about telling a love story. BONE MUSIC
is all about giving you the ride of your life.
Nothing can prepare you for what you are going experience
while reading BONE MUSIC. I could not help but see the words
come off the written page and land solidly on a movie
screen. Charley and her small but powerful group of friends
are so likeable that you never want the book to end. That is
just how affecting and mind-altering BONE MUSIC is.
Happily, this seems to be the introduction to a new
Christopher Rice series. So, while you may reach the end of
BONE MUSIC; just remember that you have another book about
Charley and her team to look forward to at some point in the
future. That might lessen the withdrawal just a bit. The
point is that you are doing yourself a great disservice by
not picking up a copy of BONE MUSIC immediately. A mix of
sci-fi and thriller, it is well worth your time. In
addition, if you have not had the satisfying pleasure of
reading Christopher Rice; this is a great book to introduce
you to his world.
Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in
the hands of the only parents she knewâ€”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 profitâ€”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, sheâ€™s endowed with a shocking new
powerâ€”but pursued by a treacherous corporation desperate
to control her.
Except from now on, if anybody is going to control
Charlotte, itâ€™s going to be Charlotte herself. Sheâ€™s
determined to use the extraordinary ability she now
possesses to fight the kind of evil that shattered her
lifeâ€”by drawing a serial killer out from the shadows to
face the righteous fury of a victim turned avenger.
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