Forgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1)
An unlikely pair teams up to investigate a brutal murder in a haunting thriller that walks the line between reality and impossibility.When small-town police officers discover the grave of a young boy, they’re quick to pin the crime on a convicted felon who lives nearby. But when it comes to murder, Officer Susan Marlan never trusts a simple explanation, so she’s just getting started.Meanwhile, college professor Eric Evans hallucinates a young boy in overalls: a symptom of his schizophrenia—or so he thinks. But when more bodies turn up, Eric has more visions, and they mirror details of the murder case. As the investigation continues, the police stick with their original conclusion, but Susan’s instincts tell her something is off. The higher-ups keep stonewalling her, and the FBI’s closing in.Desperate for answers, Susan goes rogue and turns to Eric for help. Together they take an unorthodox approach to the case as the evidence keeps getting stranger. With Eric’s hallucinations intensifying and the body count rising, can the pair separate truth from illusion long enough to catch a monster?

Forgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1) Details

TitleForgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1)
Author
ReleaseAug 1st, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
ISBN-139781721386321
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Forgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1) Review

  • Dee Arr
    January 1, 1970
    The thriller I was hoping to read never materialized, which was unfortunate, because I liked the main characters and this could have been a good story.The author flip-flopped back and forth between Eric and Susan, offering two likable people with realistic problems. The clues were consistently laid out for the reader to see, and it was an inevitability that the two would eventually meet. If Ms. Barz felt she was concealing the truth of the murders and the murderer from us, she was wrong. I am us The thriller I was hoping to read never materialized, which was unfortunate, because I liked the main characters and this could have been a good story.The author flip-flopped back and forth between Eric and Susan, offering two likable people with realistic problems. The clues were consistently laid out for the reader to see, and it was an inevitability that the two would eventually meet. If Ms. Barz felt she was concealing the truth of the murders and the murderer from us, she was wrong. I am usually the last person to realize the twists in stories, but this tale was so obvious that I found myself continually losing interest. Thus, the ending was expected and boring. Other basic plot elements were also run-of-the-mill. Only the heroine has the smarts to figure it the truth as she deftly runs through setbacks and interference from her boss and the FBI agents who have taken over the case. Bottom line: The author knows how to put together sentences, and the dialogue is credible. She also does a decent job with the characterizations of Eric and Susan. However, these are not powerful enough to save the book, as the plot is tedious from overuse and the ending is too predictable and over-the-top to be entertaining. Three stars.
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  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    The most positive thing that I can say about this is that I like that one of the main characters Eric is a schizophrenic, who with the aid of appropriate medication is able to live very successfully with the condition and most people would be totally unaware. I also like the other main character of Susan who is dogged, determined and caring. Unfortunately, the book is so up and down in terms of pace I found it hard not to nod off at times. For example, the laborious detail about Eric’s geology c The most positive thing that I can say about this is that I like that one of the main characters Eric is a schizophrenic, who with the aid of appropriate medication is able to live very successfully with the condition and most people would be totally unaware. I also like the other main character of Susan who is dogged, determined and caring. Unfortunately, the book is so up and down in terms of pace I found it hard not to nod off at times. For example, the laborious detail about Eric’s geology class or the minutiae of Susan choosing her flavour of coffee. Who gives a flying fig? Did it add to the story? Noooo 😴. There were one or two moments of humour which was light relief from the dark and weird storyline but then frivolous words are used on occasions that are serious and so sets the wrong tone and a jarring note. Overall, it’s a spooky story with an abundance of deaths. At times it was quite eerie and at others a yawn.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I really need to start DNFing books, so I don't have to write ranty reviews. I prefer to write happy reviews for books I enjoyed.Let's talk about the only aspect of this book I really enjoyed and that is the character Eric. He's unique with his schizophrenia. His ex-wife is a complete douche canoe but thankfully he doesn't pacify her at all. He was a great likable character for the most part. Story felt a bit boring at times, 53% in and the "unlikely duo that team up " , according to the books' I really need to start DNFing books, so I don't have to write ranty reviews. I prefer to write happy reviews for books I enjoyed.Let's talk about the only aspect of this book I really enjoyed and that is the character Eric. He's unique with his schizophrenia. His ex-wife is a complete douche canoe but thankfully he doesn't pacify her at all. He was a great likable character for the most part. Story felt a bit boring at times, 53% in and the "unlikely duo that team up " , according to the books' synopsis, had just met for the first time. Then they only actually interview one person together, that's it, so I'm not sure how that's teaming up. There seems to be a lot of fillers, even with Eric, yes your ex is horrible but I'm not sure how the constant internal discussion and trips down memory lane furthers the story - news flash it doesn't .Though the story is spooky, because it's jumps into the paranormal genre , I didn't really find it thrilling. In my opinion 25 % of the first half of the book could have been left out. Second half of the book things actually happened but as soon as they did the book climaxed and everything was solved. By the time the tense ending was taking place I just didn't care anymore. I guess it was a decent ending but even that seems a bit abrupt like wham bam epilogue time. Sadly I won't be reading more in this series when they release.
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  • Caotico09
    January 1, 1970
    What you should know before reading:1) Forgotten Bones is not your typical crime novel. There is not a ton of crime solving, leads, or potential suspects- instead it focuses on the daily lives of two MC's who somewhat haphazardly stumble onto clues. 2) The book does include paranormal activity (ghosts). 3) I found the book to be rather slow, for example Eric's introduction chapter spends pages and pages to say two things: he has schizophrenia and his wife cheated on him.4) The Police detective i What you should know before reading:1) Forgotten Bones is not your typical crime novel. There is not a ton of crime solving, leads, or potential suspects- instead it focuses on the daily lives of two MC's who somewhat haphazardly stumble onto clues. 2) The book does include paranormal activity (ghosts). 3) I found the book to be rather slow, for example Eric's introduction chapter spends pages and pages to say two things: he has schizophrenia and his wife cheated on him.4) The Police detective is not your typical do-no-wrong copper. She is actually pretty inept. For example, after finding a child's body, and learning important clues about the crime, she goes on a 4 day vacation without reporting the information.Why You May Like Forgotten Bones:1) The book is fairly well written, better then the majority I've tried on Amazon First Reads. 2) The two MCs are interesting and the characterization is on point.3) The paranormal aspects add an interesting layer to a standard crime novel.Why You May Not Like Forgotten Bones:1) As stated above the book is slow. The main part of this is due to the focus on the characters life's instead of the crime.2) Unlike alot of crime books there is minimal actual leads/crime solving. There are also many points in the book where police characters make decisions that hurt the crime solving. If this would make you frustrated, you may avoid the book.2) The plot felt rather contrived at times.
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  • Jose
    January 1, 1970
    I was offered an advance copy in exchange for a review.“Forgotten Bones” was a genuinely good read! The story centers around Eric and Susan, a college professor and Police Officer respectively, and an ongoing child murderer case in the small town of Perrick, CA. The book has great pacing, making it an easy and enjoyable read. I loved how it went back and forth between the two main characters, giving you just the right amount of information about them during their parts and not making you feel ov I was offered an advance copy in exchange for a review.“Forgotten Bones” was a genuinely good read! The story centers around Eric and Susan, a college professor and Police Officer respectively, and an ongoing child murderer case in the small town of Perrick, CA. The book has great pacing, making it an easy and enjoyable read. I loved how it went back and forth between the two main characters, giving you just the right amount of information about them during their parts and not making you feel overwhelmed. Overall, both Susan and Eric are very likable and Vivian does a great job at making the reader be invested in her characters, both good and bad. I admit I was a little worried at first when I found out that Eric suffered from schizophrenia, due to most characters with this mental illness being usually portrayed as crazy and violent. However, I was relieved to find out that that was not the case in this book. I think the only problem I had with the book was the ending, sort of. It wasn’t completely predictable, but I definitely had a hunch. At least for one part of it. I’ve read Vivian’s shorter horror work before and was glad to see that side of her in this book. She’s really good at painting those horrifying hallucinations in the reader’s head. She has yet to disappoint and am looking forward to what she comes out with next! I saw on the back of the book that it said “Dead Remaining, Book 1”, I’m dead excited for the next one!!
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  • A Wondrous Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    Forgotten Bones is not your average crime thriller, and I will go over why. The premise of the book is excellent. Susan, a young detective upon responding to a car accident scene, comes across the body of a young child. Police quickly attributes the crime to a local pedophile. However, Susan is suspicious that there is more to the story and decides to embark on an investigation on her own. Parallel to Susan's story we meet Eric, a geology professor going through a turbulent divorce and moves to Forgotten Bones is not your average crime thriller, and I will go over why. The premise of the book is excellent. Susan, a young detective upon responding to a car accident scene, comes across the body of a young child. Police quickly attributes the crime to a local pedophile. However, Susan is suspicious that there is more to the story and decides to embark on an investigation on her own. Parallel to Susan's story we meet Eric, a geology professor going through a turbulent divorce and moves to California to get away from his ex-wife who dumped him for his brother.Eric settles in at the new college and town in an attempt to rebuild his life. Eric is a known schizophrenic, and although he's entirely compliant to his medication regime, he starts to worry that his illness is getting worse as he starts to have visions of a little boy in overalls. Eric and Susan's paths will cross, and together, they will fight to discover the truth regarding the death of this little kid.Barz alternates chapters between Susan's story and Eric's story. A technique that for most of the time, tends to chop the flow of the story. The reason this book is not your typical crime/mystery book is the fact that there are no red herrings. What you see, or better yet, who you suspect all along, is in fact, the culprit(s).By the time I got to sixty percent of the book and had the mystery pretty much figured out, there was very little interest in the rest of the story. I honestly do not understand the author's intention with making the answers to this crime so visible right off the bat. I kept hoping that the story was going to turn out a bit like a Scooby-Doo cartoon where the obviously mean, greedy, and weird were innocent, and the super lovely characters turn out to be the guilty ones. Unfortunately, no! This novel was written with the intent to make the guilty quite evident from the start. The pitfall, however, is that once the reader has the mystery figured out there's very little substance to carry on the rest of the book.Some important trigger warnings to mention are pedophilia (although not explicit), child abuse, and neglect.Forgotten Bones is scheduled to be published on August 1, 2019. I would like to thank Thomas and Mercer publishing and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    Actual review: 3.5 stars.I was offered a pre-publication Kindle copy to read and review."Forgotten Bones" is a fast read, a small town serial killer mystery with a supernatural twist and a pair of engaging protagonists (the man is especially intriguing because he's schizophrenic and inclined to hallucinate ... only in this case his disturbing visions aren't just coming from his own imagination).Some of Vivian Barz's narrative threads had predictable outcomes. The police chief, Ed, is recognizabl Actual review: 3.5 stars.I was offered a pre-publication Kindle copy to read and review."Forgotten Bones" is a fast read, a small town serial killer mystery with a supernatural twist and a pair of engaging protagonists (the man is especially intriguing because he's schizophrenic and inclined to hallucinate ... only in this case his disturbing visions aren't just coming from his own imagination).Some of Vivian Barz's narrative threads had predictable outcomes. The police chief, Ed, is recognizable from the outset as a baddie with nasty secrets to protect. Other outcomes are less predictable: the enigma of Milton had a far different resolution than the one I had anticipated.The characters and their side stories (Eric and Susan's respective pasts, their meeting and growing interest in one another) are engagingly written and you can't help but like them. My one serious objection, however, is the "closed room" confessional at the end, where the baddies explain, to a captive audience, what they did and why they did it ... this particular way or resolving mysteries always strikes me as canned, even lazy.Still, the serial killings at the heart of this mystery are fascinatingly gruesome, the villain (or villains) truly diabolical, the heroes slightly flawed (one of them, anyway) and good-hearted. "Forgotten Bones" is a page turner from beginning to end.
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  • Darcia Helle
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not reviewing this book because I couldn't bring myself to read more than 30 pages. What follows is just me telling you why I so thoroughly rejected this one. Be aware that what I'm saying might be considered "spoilers", though all of this happens within the first pages.We start off with a couple driving. The male is giving a sober monologue of complaints, while the female is drunk and, for reasons unknown, totally turned on. (His ranting is sexy to her?) They're driving on unfamiliar roads I'm not reviewing this book because I couldn't bring myself to read more than 30 pages. What follows is just me telling you why I so thoroughly rejected this one. Be aware that what I'm saying might be considered "spoilers", though all of this happens within the first pages.We start off with a couple driving. The male is giving a sober monologue of complaints, while the female is drunk and, for reasons unknown, totally turned on. (His ranting is sexy to her?) They're driving on unfamiliar roads in the middle of nowhere. Suddenly their conversation turns cruelly immature, as they make fun of the appearance of their friends' child. This apparently turns on the woman even more, because now she is pawing at her partner. He complains she's hurting him as she tries to tear his male parts out from his zipper. She replies with, and this is a quote: "It's mine! Mine!" Umm... ?This scene goes on for pages, with her saying things like "Gimme" and "Release the hound!" while trying to provide oral sex. At one point, she even "brayed." All I could think of was a donkey in heat. Meanwhile, the male is still trying to drive, instead of doing the rational thing and pulling over on the side of the deserted road. I read this scene to my husband. He gave me a WTF look and asked if a horny teen male had written it.I skimmed ahead. Things didn't get better. I gave up.*This was one of my Amazon First Read choices for July.*
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  • Lynne Marshall
    January 1, 1970
    Forgotten Bones was a unique and engaging tale. I'm not crazy about serial killer stories in general, but this one pulled me in and kept me interested from Chapter One. Susan is a young but perceptive small town police officer. Eric is a schizophrenic with one heck of a backstory, who is new in town and who has no clue what he is about to get sucked into. I rooted for him from the beginning. The little boy ghost insists that Susan and Eric put the pieces of the mystery together to finally catch Forgotten Bones was a unique and engaging tale. I'm not crazy about serial killer stories in general, but this one pulled me in and kept me interested from Chapter One. Susan is a young but perceptive small town police officer. Eric is a schizophrenic with one heck of a backstory, who is new in town and who has no clue what he is about to get sucked into. I rooted for him from the beginning. The little boy ghost insists that Susan and Eric put the pieces of the mystery together to finally catch the real murderer. And what a sicko that murderer is! I enjoyed the paranormal aspect of this story. There was one major twist I didn't see coming, and was sad about. If there was one thing this reader could have done without it was the prologue. I would have rated this book 4.5 stars without it. The prologue characters had nothing further to do with the story, were completely unlikeable, annoying and forgettable (that's why I said the story grabbed me at chapter one). The prologue felt indulgent and unnecessary. One paragraph or sentence could have told the reader all they needed to know and pulled them into the story, getting the book off to a quicker start.But overall, this book is a page turner and I recommend it beginning at chapter one right up until the end!
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  • Christopher Williams
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this one. Not an author I have read before but well written with likeable characters in Eric and Susan. The plot was good and almost impossible to guess what had happened. Certainly maintained interest right to the end.
  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    More like 3.5. The plot and twist were extremely predictable. That being said this book was different than your typical thriller and I loved the supernatural aspect to it. I look forward to more from this author.
  • Jill B
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh! This used to be a genre that I enjoyed, but that was a long time ago. I did manage to finish it so I didn't hate it so much I gave up, but sometimes I wanted to. There wasn't too much that happened that wasn't broadcast from a mile away. For example: - The person who was blamed for the crimes may as well have been named Red Herring since no one, other than the police and FBI in the book, would ever think he was the one that did it. - The police chiefs' actions, even though blamed on imminen Ugh! This used to be a genre that I enjoyed, but that was a long time ago. I did manage to finish it so I didn't hate it so much I gave up, but sometimes I wanted to. There wasn't too much that happened that wasn't broadcast from a mile away. For example: - The person who was blamed for the crimes may as well have been named Red Herring since no one, other than the police and FBI in the book, would ever think he was the one that did it. - The police chiefs' actions, even though blamed on imminent retirement, were that of someone who was trying to hide something he knew. No matter how soon you're retirement is, a serial killer in your town is something you get worked up over. - No one ever said that they were looking for a serial killer, even after they had 21 bodies dug up on a farm. 21! I did enjoy the two main characters enough, but their supporting cast was not great. And I still have issues with a psychic schizophrenic. Really?
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    Eerie book, somewhat predictable in portions. I found it unbelievable that the police officer Susan, would not have problems with the mentally disturbed man. But other than that, it was a very good book and although predictable, well-written and the characters also well-written I did find myself reading it quickly and I do recommend it for lovers of thrillers.I'd like to thank the author/publisher/netgalley for the opportunity to read this book and exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    Ahhhhhh I really like this book!It has the perfect mix of mental health positivity, paranormal activity, and detective work. The characters are well fleshed out, and even if I guessed the "twist" it didn't make the ending any less enjoyable.
  • Marlene
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published at Reading RealityForgotten Bones is definitely not a book to be read with the lights off. Or alone in the middle of the night. Or anyplace where it can feel like the creepy-crawlies might be closing in.This one sits at the intersection between mystery/thriller, horror and paranormal – and that’s not a comfortable place to be in the dark. It’s a fascinating place, in the thrills and chills kind of way, but not exactly comfy or cozy.A place to get really, really to get sucked Originally published at Reading RealityForgotten Bones is definitely not a book to be read with the lights off. Or alone in the middle of the night. Or anyplace where it can feel like the creepy-crawlies might be closing in.This one sits at the intersection between mystery/thriller, horror and paranormal – and that’s not a comfortable place to be in the dark. It’s a fascinating place, in the thrills and chills kind of way, but not exactly comfy or cozy.A place to get really, really to get sucked into – but absolutely not cozy. Unless you like to cozy up to claustrophobia.There are two protagonists in this story. One seems fairly typical for the genre, but the other is definitely not. And that’s part of what makes the story so fascinating.Perrick, California is a small town, and Susan Marlan is a member of its equally small police force. She’s relatively young, still pretty gung-ho about policing and crime solving, and kind of stuck.Not that she can’t leave, but that the police chief is also her mentor – and he’s just weeks shy of retirement. There might be promotions in the inevitable shuffling in the wake of his departure. And Perrick is her home.We’ve seen Susan’s type before in plenty of mysteries. She’s the young investigator who just can’t let go when a big crime – with its attendant opportunities for recognition and promotion – drops into her lap. So of course she goes out on her own, against orders and definitely off the books, to try to solve the case before the FBI. Or perhaps in spite of the FBI, as she’s sure the neat and tidy solution they finally come up with isn’t all there is.And there needs to be plenty. Because the crime that has been uncovered under the soil of tiny Perrick becomes known as the “Death Farm”. Twenty-plus bodies have been hiding under a local farm, bodies going back decades. All – but one – children. Young children. Decades of dead little boys and girls.Susan feels compelled to find the killers – because the FBI find one but not his partner.Eric Evans is compelled too, but he’s compelled by the dead. He’s just arrived in Perrick to teach at the local community college after his life derails in Philly.Eric is extremely lucky that he couldn’t possibly have been the perpetrator or any of the murders, because if he were he would have been the FBI’s best suspect. Eric was diagnosed with schizophrenia years ago. He manages his condition with medication, and he’s mostly successful. He’s high functioning, to the point of being a good teacher, a decent drummer and completely capable of forming friendships and relationships and making a good life for himself.But something about Perrick is sending him off the rails, or so it seems at first. The dead invade his dreams – and his waking life. The dead children from that farm. When he can’t pretend that the visions are just dreams, he tries to believe that they are just a symptom of his illness.In the end, he teams up with Susan. She’s compelled to find the truth. He’s compelled to bring that truth to light to get those children out of his head, his house and even his classroom before someone decides that he’s even crazier than he actually is.Or someone decides that Susan and Eric need to be the final victims.Escape Rating B+: The crime in this story, the multi-year, multi-victim murder spree, is not unprecedented. There have been real-life cases where “death farms” have been discovered, to the nightmares of investigators and local residents alike, after an event uncovers one or a few of the bodies.(I’m particularly thinking of the case of Belle Gunness in LaPorte County Indiana, which is indelibly imprinted on my brain. I was attending a dinner meeting and the post-dinner speaker gave the assembled – and rather startled – diners a fascinating but stomach-churning talk about her murder spree and discovery – complete with pictures. And I’m finding myself wondering what the post-lecture bar tab turned out to be…)Susan Marlan is not an atypical investigator in a case – or story – like this one. The young cop going a bit rogue because she (or he) knows that the powers-that-be – the FBI in this case – are willingly overlooking something because it interferes with their neat theory. And because they want to go back to their big city home office and get out of tiny wherever.And because someone local misdirects the out-of-towners for usually underhanded reasons of their own – as happens in this case. That the reader has a handle on who the perpetrators are long before the FBI – and even somewhat before Susan – does not detract from the compelling readability of the story.Because this is a case where Susan’s actions and reactions in the face of that discovery are more important than the discovery itself.What makes this tale rise above its stock characters is Eric Evans. The story does not fall into the trap of making Eric an obvious suspect so that he has to find the killer to get himself out of the frame. That would have been an easy way to go, and the story is much better for not going there.It also feels like it treats his mental illness sympathetically and realistically – as well as his reactions to it and people’s reactions to him. That Susan is able to accept both his help and him is what powers this book into the opener of what could be a fascinating series. Hidden Bones will come to light this time next year. I’ll be looking for it when I want some creepy chills to go along with my mystery thrills.
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  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book it was a mix between a ghost story and a murder mystery! There were two main characters Eric a schizophrenic who is going through a divorce and to say it’s messy would be an understatement, Susan a police officer on the local police force. After a car accident the body of a small child is discovered and it’s on the property of an ex con , whose also a know child predator. Once the police start investigating over twenty bodies are discovered , and all except one are chi I really enjoyed this book it was a mix between a ghost story and a murder mystery! There were two main characters Eric a schizophrenic who is going through a divorce and to say it’s messy would be an understatement, Susan a police officer on the local police force. After a car accident the body of a small child is discovered and it’s on the property of an ex con , whose also a know child predator. Once the police start investigating over twenty bodies are discovered , and all except one are children. The FBI are called and they begin their own investigation , and Susan starts doing her own undercover work since her police chief tells her to back off and leave the FBI to do their job. After Eric moves to town he finds an old disgusting trunk at a garage sale. It’s smells horrible but he wants to fix it up. Eric begins to worry when he starts seeing the ghost of a young boy wearing overalls. He wonders if it’s his illness or an actual spirit. The boy begins to visit Eric at night and leaves clues and giving him horrible dreams and visions. Deciding to go to the police Eric and Susan’s paths cross and together they work together to figure out Eric’s visions and discover the truth behind the boys death and the other children who were murdered. The author alternates between Susan and Eric’s stories which I really enjoyed getting to know each character. I loved the small town feel and I found myself lost in the book eagerly turning the pages. I give this four stars and cannot wait to read the next book. This does have some triggers with child abuse just letting my fellow readers know!
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  • Boundless Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    A body popping up isn't a big deal to a cop, but when it happens in a small town, it's just that. Susan is called out on a traffic accident, and soon she is in the midst of a mystery with a young boy's buried body. Soon that young boy turns into more buried children on a local farm nearby. Eric has schizophrenia but has control of his disease. Soon enough, after some major personal issues, he finds himself not so in control when he begins seeing a young boy. As the fates would have it, he soon t A body popping up isn't a big deal to a cop, but when it happens in a small town, it's just that. Susan is called out on a traffic accident, and soon she is in the midst of a mystery with a young boy's buried body. Soon that young boy turns into more buried children on a local farm nearby. Eric has schizophrenia but has control of his disease. Soon enough, after some major personal issues, he finds himself not so in control when he begins seeing a young boy. As the fates would have it, he soon teams up with Susan after he realizes he isn't having an episode but is being "haunted" by a child from her case. Soon this small town will be rocked by the gruesome truth.Wow. This story was action packed from beginning to end. The way it is written it's almost like two stories that collide into one. It doesn't hurt the story though it just adds to the appeal. This story was a good read. It was mysterious and scary. I read a lot of horror books, and this one gave me chills more than once. I loved the characters. Susan was great with her "I'll do it anyway" attitude. Eric was by far my favorite. His side of the story, maybe because of the disease, was scary yet comical at times. He was awesome!Overall, if you want a well-written story that will keep you guessing till the end...Read this book. If you want one that is filled with action and will scare you...Read this book. I promise you will not be disappointed. I hope that these two, who make a very "crazy" (haha) team will come back together in another book.
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  • M
    January 1, 1970
    Decent police procedural in this word-padded novel. You can find it, too. I finished this leisurely-paced “Kindle First Read,” so I could write a review. I’m a crime fiction fan who likes police procedurals and often reads mysteries with paranormal and/or supernatural elements. This book has decent crime-fiction bones, which is smothered under scads of internal monologues, personal drama and melodrama, plus miscellaneous information. Whew. The POV characters are Officer Susan Marlan and Eric Eva Decent police procedural in this word-padded novel. You can find it, too. I finished this leisurely-paced “Kindle First Read,” so I could write a review. I’m a crime fiction fan who likes police procedurals and often reads mysteries with paranormal and/or supernatural elements. This book has decent crime-fiction bones, which is smothered under scads of internal monologues, personal drama and melodrama, plus miscellaneous information. Whew. The POV characters are Officer Susan Marlan and Eric Evans, a certified schizophrenic with papers. I preferred Eric because he was a believable, medication-controlled schizophrenic. I enjoyed his interactions with Jake, his student and violinist, and I liked the paranormal manifesting to him. Is he hallucinating or is he seeing ghosts? How I read this book: After reading so-so reviews, I super-skimmed this book to get an idea of its structure. Then I re-read, ignoring the nonsense prologue, and skimming through the first third. I slowed whenever I saw Halloween font. Plus, I slowed whenever there were police procedural details, or when I saw the words: Jake, sugar, jacks, ball, horse, overalls, seven, twenty-three, prodrome, Sal or Salvador, Pepper, and Susan and Eric on one page. There are others, but this’ll have to do. Please keep in mind that I’m amongst a minority of reviewers. You may enjoy reading this book. Good luck, all! 2 stars. I didn’t dislike it, but I had to push to get to the police procedural.
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  • Tori Zieger
    January 1, 1970
    Not a horrible book, but fairly predictable. This is a pitfall a lot of "thrilling mysteries" fall into, and at least the writing style of the author was enjoyable. The two main characters are well written and likable enough. I enjoyed Eric's diagnosis of schizophrenia. It was a relief to finally read a story revolving around a person successfully and realistically dealing with mental illness, and one even more stigmatized than just general mental illness is (and we know that's got plenty of sti Not a horrible book, but fairly predictable. This is a pitfall a lot of "thrilling mysteries" fall into, and at least the writing style of the author was enjoyable. The two main characters are well written and likable enough. I enjoyed Eric's diagnosis of schizophrenia. It was a relief to finally read a story revolving around a person successfully and realistically dealing with mental illness, and one even more stigmatized than just general mental illness is (and we know that's got plenty of stigma attached to it). It was interesting to read a ghost story from the perspective of someone who already knows they hallucinate - that opened up conflicts rarely seen in other stories. I wasn't really expecting a ghost story so much, but that is probably my fault as I never read any complete info about the book. Nothing else was really a surprise here. I didn't hate reading it, but it didn't blow my mind either. There were stretches of excellent descriptive writing. I don't always get freaked out by books, and this one didn't exactly keep me up at night, but there were some passages that gave me at least some mental unease (I'm looking at you, ghost horse). If you're looking for a quick read that is pretty well written, this is for you. Just go into it with the expectation that kind boggling twists and turns you will not get.
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  • Ukgardenfiend
    January 1, 1970
    Is this a ghost story or a murder mystery? It is up to the reader to decide but it encompasses both. We have a ghost - a very persistent and quite forceful ghost; but we also have a murder and mystery. Who is the ghost? And what happened to him? He was murdered, but how and by who, and where?Set in small town USA with a very small policeforce and not much money, we have female police officer with stickability and persistence and curiosity. All of which gets her into serious trouble as she tries Is this a ghost story or a murder mystery? It is up to the reader to decide but it encompasses both. We have a ghost - a very persistent and quite forceful ghost; but we also have a murder and mystery. Who is the ghost? And what happened to him? He was murdered, but how and by who, and where?Set in small town USA with a very small policeforce and not much money, we have female police officer with stickability and persistence and curiosity. All of which gets her into serious trouble as she tries to find out about the ghost boy.As she delves into his case, the FBI find a graveyard and that is where things begin to get strange for our heroine - and a professor (college lecturer) with his own mental issues that having a ghost visit doesn’t helpI thought the suspense was well carried and it isn't until the final stages of the last chapter that it all comes to be resolved and the final pieces of the puzzle fit together.The issues with schizophrenia were well narrated and explored and it was refreshing to find a character with these flaws who wasn’t a psychology expert as so many books seem to write them up as.This is the first in a new series with our female detective and I look forward to reading further books.
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  • Charlotte Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Haunting, thrilling, and entertaining are three words I’d use to describe Forgotten Bones. Many of the characters had no connection until the bones were discovered buried at a local farm. Then things started to be heard, images began to appear, and characters started to weave their stories together to find out the truth of who was behind all the bones that were found. I had no doubt that the obvious suspect wasn’t the guilty person. If it was that obvious it would not have been a good book (and Haunting, thrilling, and entertaining are three words I’d use to describe Forgotten Bones. Many of the characters had no connection until the bones were discovered buried at a local farm. Then things started to be heard, images began to appear, and characters started to weave their stories together to find out the truth of who was behind all the bones that were found. I had no doubt that the obvious suspect wasn’t the guilty person. If it was that obvious it would not have been a good book (and this is a good book). The story gave clues but I never saw the entire truth until it was laid out for me. I loved the suspense of what would come next, I can never guess but am always thrilled when a story takes a turn that I didn’t see coming. Forgotten Bones is a mystery, thriller, and amazing story. I enjoyed the characters, the storyline, and everything else about the book.
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  • Char
    January 1, 1970
    This was my second Amazon First Reads pick for the month of July.I really enjoyed the main characters and the writing was good but the pacing had my head spinning a bit. It's pretty slow going for most of the book and then, just like that, everything happens at once. It's such a rush that I just about got whiplash. The other thing that was off was the story involving the ex-wife and brother. It never really goes anywhere, making these characters pretty pointless. When it came to the twist, I had This was my second Amazon First Reads pick for the month of July.I really enjoyed the main characters and the writing was good but the pacing had my head spinning a bit. It's pretty slow going for most of the book and then, just like that, everything happens at once. It's such a rush that I just about got whiplash. The other thing that was off was the story involving the ex-wife and brother. It never really goes anywhere, making these characters pretty pointless. When it came to the twist, I had already guessed that from the beginning. Even with that though, I didn't hate the book or anything. As stated previously, I did like the characters and I also enjoyed the paranormal element to it, but all in all, it was just ok for me so I'd lean around the 2 1/2 star mark. Better than some of the other Amazon picks I've read.....so there's that.
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  • Peggy
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a combination psychological thriller and paranormal thriller. Two main characters, Eric (schizophrenic) and Susan (police officer). Both characters were believable and the author made me like both of them and understand their life situations.The story was about a child's murder which turns into discovery of a serial killer. I thought the paranormal parts of the book were excellently written. I felt I was right there with Eric during these episodes. I didn't care for the ending too This book was a combination psychological thriller and paranormal thriller. Two main characters, Eric (schizophrenic) and Susan (police officer). Both characters were believable and the author made me like both of them and understand their life situations.The story was about a child's murder which turns into discovery of a serial killer. I thought the paranormal parts of the book were excellently written. I felt I was right there with Eric during these episodes. I didn't care for the ending too much though. It seemed rather abrupt to me. Maybe because there wasn't much character development of the killer? The author was very successful at making me like the main characters, and feeling I was right there with them, that I thought the ending would have been more complex like the rest of the book/characters.
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  • Jay W Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    Fabulous Murder MysteryThis is the first book that I've read by Vivian Baez and I enjoyed it immensely. Like most murder mysteries, it lots of twisted and turns and in this case some that are mind-blowing. A grave of a young boy is discovered in a small California town by a very small police force. At the same time a college professor in geology named Eric Evans who is a schizophrenic arrives after a divorce. He meets officer Susan Marian and together they begin to unravel the deaths of multiple Fabulous Murder MysteryThis is the first book that I've read by Vivian Baez and I enjoyed it immensely. Like most murder mysteries, it lots of twisted and turns and in this case some that are mind-blowing. A grave of a young boy is discovered in a small California town by a very small police force. At the same time a college professor in geology named Eric Evans who is a schizophrenic arrives after a divorce. He meets officer Susan Marian and together they begin to unravel the deaths of multiple young boys. The FBI gets involved and takes over the investigation. Evans has visions of kids and names and with Susan's help they slowly make progress. Lots of red-herrings to complicate matters. This is truly a great read.
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  • laura
    January 1, 1970
    Sucked Me In Immediately !It's been awhile since I have read a decent story involving ghosts and this book has me wanting to read more from this author! The characters were well developed and their well thought out back stories allowed them to feel like friends that could have been included in my circle outside of the pages of this book. The setting was clear and significantly described to not fit the typical setting of a horror-thriller-mystery that it pleasantly threw me off my tracks in accur Sucked Me In Immediately !It's been awhile since I have read a decent story involving ghosts and this book has me wanting to read more from this author! The characters were well developed and their well thought out back stories allowed them to feel like friends that could have been included in my circle outside of the pages of this book. The setting was clear and significantly described to not fit the typical setting of a horror-thriller-mystery that it pleasantly threw me off my tracks in accurately guessing who had done what, why they had done it and where it was done. The ending made me delightfully giddy in it's surprising turn that wasn't clear to me until about the last 5-10 pages. Excellent work, quick reading, and a great mystery!
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  • Denise Keef
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of the many choices of First Read of the month through Amazon Prime. The title grabbed my attention immediately due to my love of thrillers and mysteries. I am so glad this was one of my choices! I quickly became engrossed in this story from the prologue on. Though due to the subject matter, this book will not be for everyone and my heart was hurting as more and more of the details of the crimes were revealed. I really did enjoy this. The characters were well written, the scenes wel This was one of the many choices of First Read of the month through Amazon Prime. The title grabbed my attention immediately due to my love of thrillers and mysteries. I am so glad this was one of my choices! I quickly became engrossed in this story from the prologue on. Though due to the subject matter, this book will not be for everyone and my heart was hurting as more and more of the details of the crimes were revealed. I really did enjoy this. The characters were well written, the scenes well described and the subject matters well researched. The author did a very good job on putting everything together and makes the reader envision the settings vividly. I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a really good thriller.
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  • Judith D
    January 1, 1970
    Here is a story that treats Schizophrenia in a reality based way. The story shows the trauma that people can inflict on each other during divorce. After his divorce a professor of geology makes a move across country to get away from the trauma forced on him by a cheating wife. As he begins to get used to a new job and make new friends in a town he has never lived in before he becomes entangled in a physic way with a piece of furniture. He meets a new woman, who he is attracted to, and he meets a Here is a story that treats Schizophrenia in a reality based way. The story shows the trauma that people can inflict on each other during divorce. After his divorce a professor of geology makes a move across country to get away from the trauma forced on him by a cheating wife. As he begins to get used to a new job and make new friends in a town he has never lived in before he becomes entangled in a physic way with a piece of furniture. He meets a new woman, who he is attracted to, and he meets a serial killer he doesn't suspect. The ending pacts a big surprise. Another story that will keep you guessing to the end as the scenes play out.
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  • Paula Galvan
    January 1, 1970
    Not your usual who-done-itI liked the characters in this book, although at times they needed a slap in the head. Susan, an experienced police officer, was a bit too timid in standing up for herself during the biggest murder case to hit town. And Eric...although a nice guy with a mental disorder that seems to really be his super power, actually still takes calls from his cheating x-wife and brother! Kick them to the curb, Eric! Other than that frustration, the plot moved along (although slow at t Not your usual who-done-itI liked the characters in this book, although at times they needed a slap in the head. Susan, an experienced police officer, was a bit too timid in standing up for herself during the biggest murder case to hit town. And Eric...although a nice guy with a mental disorder that seems to really be his super power, actually still takes calls from his cheating x-wife and brother! Kick them to the curb, Eric! Other than that frustration, the plot moved along (although slow at times) to a satisfying ending. I’ll probably read the next book just to see what these two get into next time.
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  • Virginia Flowers
    January 1, 1970
    A thoroughly predictable but enjoyable read. A "whodunit" with a possible super natural twistI loved both main characters, Eric and Susan. A small town in California makes a grizzly discovery on rural farm. After a car accident on a deserted stretch of road, police start finding the bodies of young children near the farm house of a convicted pedophile. After some extreme personal drama back in Philly, Eric (who is living with schizophrenia) begins seeing disturbing things related to the case . A A thoroughly predictable but enjoyable read. A "whodunit" with a possible super natural twistI loved both main characters, Eric and Susan. A small town in California makes a grizzly discovery on rural farm. After a car accident on a deserted stretch of road, police start finding the bodies of young children near the farm house of a convicted pedophile. After some extreme personal drama back in Philly, Eric (who is living with schizophrenia) begins seeing disturbing things related to the case . Are they ghosts or visual and auditory hallucinations? Some aspects of the story are obscenely predictable, but you don't know which way that path is going to go.
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