The Bone Jar
Two murders. An abandoned asylum. Will a mysterious former patient help untangle the dark truth?The body of an elderly woman has been found in the bowels of a derelict asylum on the banks of the Thames. As Detective Lew Kirby and his partner begin their investigation, another body is discovered in the river nearby. How are the two murders connected?Before long, the secrets of Blackwater Asylum begin to reveal themselves. There are rumours about underground bunkers and secret rooms, unspeakable psychological experimentation, and a dark force that haunts the ruins, trying to pull back in all those who attempt to escape. Urban explorer Connie Darke, whose sister died in a freak accident at the asylum, is determined to help Lew expose its grisly past. Meanwhile Lew discovers a devastating family secret that threatens to turn his life upside down.As his world crumbles around him, Lew must put the pieces of the puzzle together to keep the killer from striking again. Only an eccentric former patient really knows the truth—but will he reveal it to Lew before it’s too late?

The Bone Jar Details

TitleThe Bone Jar
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 1st, 2020
PublisherBrilliance Audio
ISBN-139781799747642
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

The Bone Jar Review

  • Christi M
    January 1, 1970
    This book rocked! I loved it. As I write this review, I’m already plotting how to put in my request to ensure Connie and Raymond both make it back to the next book in the series.The Bone Jar mystery begins when the security guard of an old, dilapidated asylum discovers an elderly lady dead in one of the rooms. Soon DI Lew Kirby and his partner Pete Anderson are called to the scene to investigate. What they discover is the building is due for construction with limited access so the question isn’t This book rocked! I loved it. As I write this review, I’m already plotting how to put in my request to ensure Connie and Raymond both make it back to the next book in the series.The Bone Jar mystery begins when the security guard of an old, dilapidated asylum discovers an elderly lady dead in one of the rooms. Soon DI Lew Kirby and his partner Pete Anderson are called to the scene to investigate. What they discover is the building is due for construction with limited access so the question isn’t just who is the lady and why was she killed, but how did they get in.The story is primarily told from two POVs: DI Kirby and Connie Darke. DI Kirby is a bit unusual for detective novels these days in that he has a fairly normal life. He has a new girlfriend and he gets along with his family. He’s also a competent detective who gets along decently well with his coworkers and during the investigative process finds himself having some rather interesting interviews. Connie is someone we don’t meet until several chapters in. She has ties to the investigation and assists it effortlessly. Every time she entered the scene I knew to read carefully because something was going to happen. But as a reader I sincerely appreciated how she wasn’t a character who did stupid things, such as getting herself into danger without calling the local DI on the case. Nothing more frustrating than a character walking into a bad situation with their eyes wide open and doing nothing about it.The plotting and pacing of the unraveling of the mystery seemed spot-on, which is what keeps me hooked in suspense novels. Always moving forward steadily until we get to the ‘thrill’ part where they catch the villain. And unlike other books I’ve read where the story feels over once the villain is caught, this one spent time giving the reader closure on several fronts to give a satisfying conclusion along with the hints of what may pop up in future books.As much as I enjoyed the book, I do have two issues I wanted to bring up: 1) There is a splattering of curse words in the story. They are not everywhere and you can go long sections without seeing them, but some of them felt unnecessary. 2) There’s an unanswered question in my mind about an alibi that was being looked into that I don’t remember seeing the final result of. However, it’s also very possible that it was answered and I just missed it while reading.Overall, a terrific start to a new series.Rating: 4.5 stars
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  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Look out for my review during my stop of the blog tour on July 7th!! P.S. Find more of my reviews here. Look out for my review during my stop of the blog tour on July 7th!! P.S. Find more of my reviews here.
  • Richard Propes
    January 1, 1970
    London-based author S.W. Kane makes her literary debut with the crime thriller "The Bone Jar," a Thomas & Mercer release due for publication on July 1st, 2020 that is listed as one of Amazon's June "First Read" titles offering Prime members a first glimpse at up-and-coming titles. The story centers around Blackwater Asylum, a former mental health asylum still sitting on prized property on the banks of the Thames River. High-powered developer Patrick Calder wants the Battersea stain to go and has London-based author S.W. Kane makes her literary debut with the crime thriller "The Bone Jar," a Thomas & Mercer release due for publication on July 1st, 2020 that is listed as one of Amazon's June "First Read" titles offering Prime members a first glimpse at up-and-coming titles. The story centers around Blackwater Asylum, a former mental health asylum still sitting on prized property on the banks of the Thames River. High-powered developer Patrick Calder wants the Battersea stain to go and has largely acquired the property with plans for a luxury development. The only thing, or only one, in his way is the mysterious Raymond, a former patient whose release from the facility upon its closure sent him out into a world he wasn't equipped to deal with and back into the safety of one of the facility's now abandoned shelters where he squatted long enough to be named the small shelter's owner. With Patrick Calder closing in and Raymond hunkering down, things begin to come to a head when the body of an elderly woman is found in Keats Ward, an isolated unit of the former asylum that had been a bit of a mystery even to those familiar with the place. When another body is soon discovered in the river nearby, the secrets of Blackwater Asylum begin to reveal themselves compounded by the relentless searching of urban explorer Connie Darke, whose sister had died in a mysterious accident in the asylum, and Detective Lew Kirby, whose job it is to figure out this entirely too complicated mess of a mystery. There's a phrase used in construction called "good bones." "The Bone Jar" has good bones, an intriguing concept of a story set in a compelling setting and with characters who seem worthy of further exploration. Unfortunately, "The Bone Jar" never really fleshes out its story, visualizes the potential of its setting, or gives us characters with whom we become invested. As "The Bone Jar" appears to be the first in an intended series of books centered around Detective Lew Kirby, the series itself has potential to develop into an intriguing mix of crime thrillers and police procedurals complete with Kirby, a bit of a flawed character with his own bit of baggage to deal with in life and a predictably stale love life. Again, "good bones."While "The Bone Jar" is set in the London area, the story itself feels universal despite references to familiar landmarks that clearly set its locale. "The Bone Jar" is most effective as a police procedural, the jigsaw puzzle of a mystery engagingly put together by Detective Kirby and a partner who is criminally under-utilized. While the mystery itself is rather light, as in I had the story pegged less than a quarter of the way through the novel, the journey to get there is involving and nicely constructed. "The Bone Jar" is less effective as an actual crime thriller. While asylum-set mysteries and horrors are a dime a dozen these days, "The Bone Jar" never really immerses the reader inside the world of Blackwater Asylum and in the tensions lying underneath the seemingly above-water deals and beneath the surface secrets and deceptions. Multiple characters have their own secrets, a fact we know because the characters usually say it as an aside. It's a weird approach that lessens the mystery and seems to not trust the reader to actually get it. Feeling like the introduction to a world that it actually is, "The Bone Jar" is a decent enough read even if it falls short of being the incredibly engaging, dark, and mysterious crime thriller that you want it to be. Yet, there's something promising here and given the marketing push the book is receiving it's likely that enough readers will become introduced to the world that many will go along for the ride and eagerly anticipate Kane's next Detective Kirby adventure. Here's hoping that the next adventure further immerses us in its world and into the lives of characters who feel paper-thin here and lacking in the valued relationships that would give them more substantial meaning. As noted, "The Bone Jar" is a Thomas & Mercer release scheduled to arrive on July 1st.
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  • Jackie Cain
    January 1, 1970
    I feel bad saying this about the efforts of a new author but this book didn't impress me much. PS there are some spoilers, not in detail but you might not want to read beyond the next para.Given the location of an abandoned Victorian asylum and the extraordinary weather: a series of snow-covered, icy weather in the middle of London's urban heat island, I found it oddly missing in atmosphere. The first chill accosted me after the half-way mark and, to be honest, if it hadn't been an Amazon First I feel bad saying this about the efforts of a new author but this book didn't impress me much. PS there are some spoilers, not in detail but you might not want to read beyond the next para.Given the location of an abandoned Victorian asylum and the extraordinary weather: a series of snow-covered, icy weather in the middle of London's urban heat island, I found it oddly missing in atmosphere. The first chill accosted me after the half-way mark and, to be honest, if it hadn't been an Amazon First book, I am highly likely to have abandoned the book before I got to that first chill. Some of the language was a bit cliched - "beat a hasty exit", anyone? The police side of it seemed oddly unrealistic certainly I've not come across two Detective Inspectors acting as "partners" before. Our lead protagonist, DI Lew Kirby, does not like his police issue car - a foible that irritated me very quickly. He seemed to veer from a man in love with a new girlfriend - who was introduced and wasted, despite her connection to the case - to one likely to play the field. There was some evidence of the book needing another good edit although I can find only one example: Connie asks who Nurse Ratched was even though "she'd seen the film and remembered the ... character vividly."There were some neat uses of language. I particularly liked where a little girl, Poppy, a child interpreted the phrase "I don't like any of you", referring to a group of people, as meaning the person doesn't like any of the child. There were also some exciting scenes towards the end and the revealing of an amazing architectural feature. I was happy that the author provided some notes and acknowledgements, which allowed me to learn more about some of the ideas in the book. There were indeed some great ideas: the bone jar, a rare genetic disease, cruelty in asylums, forced emigration to Australia, underwater rooms, urban exploration, to name a few but it struck me that there were too many ideas, none being given the room to exist nor to contribute to the story and the narrative as much as they could.Similarly, there are a lot of intertwining stories here. It is good in general to get multiple strands and red herrings but in this case they confused me and were either resolved, or partly resolved like the story of "The Creeper", in the last few chapters with a lot of telling or just got lost - Connie's sister, anyone? I think it is particularly difficult to manage multiple strands and maybe it would have been a good idea to hold back some of these ideas for another book. In particular, the way the prologue interacted - or didn't - with the rest of the book left me feeling foolish and cheated.In general then, much as I wish the author well, I have to say I found the book rather confused and overfull of ideas.
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  • Jacob Collins
    January 1, 1970
    The Bone Jar is a complex, chilling and an atmospheric police procedural by S W Kane. London is in the grips of one of the worst snowstorms for decades. When the body of an elderly woman is discovered in an abandoned asylum, scheduled for demolition, the police soon realise that this case isn’t going to be easy to solve. But who could have murdered someone so vulnerable? As they speak to people who knew the murdered woman, including her family, they uncover conflicting accounts about her. Was sh The Bone Jar is a complex, chilling and an atmospheric police procedural by S W Kane. London is in the grips of one of the worst snowstorms for decades. When the body of an elderly woman is discovered in an abandoned asylum, scheduled for demolition, the police soon realise that this case isn’t going to be easy to solve. But who could have murdered someone so vulnerable? As they speak to people who knew the murdered woman, including her family, they uncover conflicting accounts about her. Was she a saint, or was she evil? Who held such a bad grudge against her that they wanted to see her dead? The old asylum, Blackwater, which becomes the scene of the crime, gave the book a very haunting feeling. With the discovery of the body, it seemed to me that there were many undiscovered secrets about the place. Although the setting is near enough abandoned, there is one man who still lives there, who managed to claim squatter’s rights. Raymond Sweet is a former patient, but he isn’t willing to leave the area, even though he has been offered a handsome sum of money by the developers to do so. I wanted to know what he knew about the place, and it’s past. What went on when Raymond was a patient there? Did he know anything about the murdered woman? Raymond also has a secret which he is keen to protect at all costs. As the plot developed, I became more and more intrigued about the woman, especially when dark secrets about her past were revealed. I was never able to guess how the plot was going to unfold and S W Kane built up the tension really well as the book came to a close. I also really liked the two main characters. DI Lew Kirby is the detective working on the case, and I thought his character was well developed. He has a love for old cars but hates the police-issue Corsa he drives. Even his mother calls it a ‘student car.’ S W Kane also introduces us to Connie, an urban explorer who has a keen interest in the asylum. Both Connie and Lew are two really engaging characters who I would like to see explored further. I have heard that The Bone Jar is the first book in a new trilogy and I’m excited to read what S W Kane has in store for us next. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    I picked 'The Bone Jar' as my free Amazon prime 'first reads' choice for June and I enjoyed it a lot. I appreciate crime fiction where I can clearly picture the places described and the eerie threatening presence of the old Victorian asylum at the heart of this novel felt very real and very well described. In my student days, I had a friend in a dodgy part of London that was very close to a (now closed and even then rather dilapidated) Victorian hospital and this was the one I had in my mind whe I picked 'The Bone Jar' as my free Amazon prime 'first reads' choice for June and I enjoyed it a lot. I appreciate crime fiction where I can clearly picture the places described and the eerie threatening presence of the old Victorian asylum at the heart of this novel felt very real and very well described. In my student days, I had a friend in a dodgy part of London that was very close to a (now closed and even then rather dilapidated) Victorian hospital and this was the one I had in my mind when I was reading.The choice of two protagonists - a handsome policeman called Lew with a taste in old cars and good coffee and a so-called 'Urbex' or urban explorer called Connie who works in an architectural library or museum - leaves a lot of scope for this story to develop into a longer series. Investigating two deaths that seem to be linked but it's unclear why, gives Lew and Connie the chance to meet some colourful characters with plenty of dark secrets. An altercation in an unpleasant pub called the 'Welcome Inn' put Connie in contact with the father of one of the two dead whilst Lew is leered over by a onesie-clad dipsomaniac and maneater whose mother is the other. The book is full of interesting characters - I particularly liked the ex-patient squatting in the grounds of the asylum and getting in the way of potential developers - and fascinating locations. It reads as very 'real' - if you know what I mean. There are plenty of sub-plots that leave space to take the series further but you don't have to worry that you won't get the story done and dusted in the one volume (That's a particular hate of mine - so-called 'series' books that don't finish the story within the first book so you have to buy another).I'm reminded of a bit of a combination of early Minette Waters and a dose of Nicci French's Frida Klein books with a strong London authenticity and an interesting plotline. Recommended.
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  • Alex Jones
    January 1, 1970
    The Bone Jar is the debut from new author S.W. Kane and is an intriguing start to hopefully a new series.Starring 2 protagonists, rather than focusing on the Detective, this book introduces the kinda cool detective Lew Kirby and urban explorer (new to me) Connie Darke.When an elderly woman is found dead in an abandoned asylum, Kirby and likeable partner Pete Anderson investigate and find Connie Darke is inexplicably linked to the derelict site.With a property developer waiting to build on the si The Bone Jar is the debut from new author S.W. Kane and is an intriguing start to hopefully a new series.Starring 2 protagonists, rather than focusing on the Detective, this book introduces the kinda cool detective Lew Kirby and urban explorer (new to me) Connie Darke.When an elderly woman is found dead in an abandoned asylum, Kirby and likeable partner Pete Anderson investigate and find Connie Darke is inexplicably linked to the derelict site.With a property developer waiting to build on the site and a old patient still inhabiting an old building there are no lack of suspects..The creepy atmospheric setting is done very well by Kane and almost gets under your skin in an unassuming quietly disturbing way.There are some great characters in this book, Raymond Sweet is a great creation, but none of the characters seem to take over which is quite a change and something I quite liked. Paced perfectly, this book holds your attention and the suspense builds well and the twists come at you as the book races toward its satisfying finale,A very good debut, a quality police procedural and an interesting thriller in a darkly creepy setting with some cool new protagonists on the crime scene.Recommended 4🔥🔥🔥🔥
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  • Kymberli Ward
    January 1, 1970
    This was an Amazon First book, otherwise I probably wouldn't have read it. However, there it is. Okay, I liked it, but I didn't love it and don't know that I'd recommend it. The book is well-written; that's certainly not the problem. I think, for me, it simply became too confusing, with too many plots and subplots. Kirby, the protagonist, is an unlikeable, unsympathetic character with an irritating hatred of his department car. In fact, that seems true for his "partner" (as someone else noted, t This was an Amazon First book, otherwise I probably wouldn't have read it. However, there it is. Okay, I liked it, but I didn't love it and don't know that I'd recommend it. The book is well-written; that's certainly not the problem. I think, for me, it simply became too confusing, with too many plots and subplots. Kirby, the protagonist, is an unlikeable, unsympathetic character with an irritating hatred of his department car. In fact, that seems true for his "partner" (as someone else noted, two DIs as partners?) and the majority of the "good guys." The characters are generally flat. Connie is the only character who is actually fleshed out. I'd like to have learned more about Raymond, about Sarah (either one), any one of the characters who filled this book! The basic plot of the story was enough. Tossing in the rare genetic disease, questionable envelope given to Hamer, on and off girlfriend … unnecessary. All the twisting, dysfunctional family information revealed toward the end was so confusing, at least for me. I enjoyed the "Blackwater asylum" and the author's notes about the inspiration for the architecture; very interesting. All in all, "The Bone Jar" was just too much, too confusing, no character depth, and simplistic conclusion.
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  • Lenora Good
    January 1, 1970
    If the F-bomb offends thee, read not this book! Yes, it’s used liberally, but is there for a reason, not just gratuitous use. After all, it’s a perfectly good word, and has a very legitimate and historical use. First book in a new series I had a hard time putting down. A cop, DI Kirby, who is normal, not rogue. He plays well with others—his partner, his boss, his parents, and his new girlfriend. He gets along with all of his suspects, isn’t a bully, in short, he’s a decent cop. An old woman is k If the F-bomb offends thee, read not this book! Yes, it’s used liberally, but is there for a reason, not just gratuitous use. After all, it’s a perfectly good word, and has a very legitimate and historical use. First book in a new series I had a hard time putting down. A cop, DI Kirby, who is normal, not rogue. He plays well with others—his partner, his boss, his parents, and his new girlfriend. He gets along with all of his suspects, isn’t a bully, in short, he’s a decent cop. An old woman is killed and placed in an abandoned mental asylum. She is obviously posed, no identification, and someone’s cell phone found nearby. As we all know, the identification of the deceased is paramount to finding her murderer. In the search, we learn the people connected to the story have a connection, one way or another, to the abandoned home. We also learn the old woman was a Saint personified, or a Witch, depending on one’s point of view. This is one of those stories I did not want to skim to get to the end. I wanted to read every word. And every word was important. Like other reviewers, I hope Connie and Raymond return in later books. Especially Raymond. What’s he going to do now? How is he doing? I hope the next book comes sooner than later!
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Set in London, much of the action in this thriller takes place in an abandoned asylum on the banks of the Thames. The body of an elderly woman is discovered in one of the old wards. As detectives investigate her life, much is revealed about her questionable past and her involvement in events 40 years ago. A key character is Raymond, a former patient, who still lives on the property in a lodge he acquired through squatter's rights. Helping with amateur sleuthing is Connie, an urban explorer whose Set in London, much of the action in this thriller takes place in an abandoned asylum on the banks of the Thames. The body of an elderly woman is discovered in one of the old wards. As detectives investigate her life, much is revealed about her questionable past and her involvement in events 40 years ago. A key character is Raymond, a former patient, who still lives on the property in a lodge he acquired through squatter's rights. Helping with amateur sleuthing is Connie, an urban explorer whose sister died mysteriously on the asylum property three years ago. I enjoyed the protagonist, Detective Lew Kirby (finally a detective that is not an alcoholic and everyone doesn't hate) and would read another of this series. Lew finds out at the end of the book that his mother has a rare genetic disease that he could have also inherited. It will be interesting to find out how this progresses through the series.
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  • Samantha Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    This book I couldn't put down. I can't wait to see if there will be any further installments...Detective Kirby is a great character and we need to find out what will happen to him, now he knows about his mother. Plus, I hope he has some more great mysteries to solve in the future.I loved the Connie Darke character too. Her and Raymond Sweet are both amateur sleuths in their own way, and it would be great to find out that they were involved with Kirby's cases in the future.The setting of the Asyl This book I couldn't put down. I can't wait to see if there will be any further installments...Detective Kirby is a great character and we need to find out what will happen to him, now he knows about his mother. Plus, I hope he has some more great mysteries to solve in the future.I loved the Connie Darke character too. Her and Raymond Sweet are both amateur sleuths in their own way, and it would be great to find out that they were involved with Kirby's cases in the future.The setting of the Asylum was fascinating, and I was gripped with its history right from the beginning. Overall, I have been left feeling a little bit lost, and like I don't know what to read next that will keep my attention in the same way. We need more of these stories please!
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  • Heather (tales.of.a.bookbound.mom)
    January 1, 1970
    Whew! You guys, if there’s such a thing as brain gymnastics, I just completed some by finishing this book. I enjoyed this book, I really did. You can always reel me in with a synopsis that mentions an asylum, especially an abandoned one. The author did an awesome job creating a creepy, suspenseful atmosphere as well as crafting several surprises and twists. To be honest, if I had known going into it how many characters would be introduced and how complex the story would get, I can’t say I would’ Whew! You guys, if there’s such a thing as brain gymnastics, I just completed some by finishing this book. I enjoyed this book, I really did. You can always reel me in with a synopsis that mentions an asylum, especially an abandoned one. The author did an awesome job creating a creepy, suspenseful atmosphere as well as crafting several surprises and twists. To be honest, if I had known going into it how many characters would be introduced and how complex the story would get, I can’t say I would’ve picked it up. Thank goodness for the X-ray feature on the Kindle so I could go back and remind myself how certain characters fit into the story. I still give this book a solid four stars because it’s a genius plot and although it was hard to follow at times, I really liked it in the end.
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  • KATHY HINDENACH
    January 1, 1970
    I am leery of 'Detective' novels & series especially, but this stood alone & while the characters were well done, Detective Kirby did not steal the show to the point of overshadowing the story.There is nothing more engaging than reading an author that writes what they know, & architecture & urban exploration are fascinating. This story had a great setting. The plot was well-developed, intricate, & well-paced, with interest until the very end. The author's skill with humor came through in a subtl I am leery of 'Detective' novels & series especially, but this stood alone & while the characters were well done, Detective Kirby did not steal the show to the point of overshadowing the story.There is nothing more engaging than reading an author that writes what they know, & architecture & urban exploration are fascinating. This story had a great setting. The plot was well-developed, intricate, & well-paced, with interest until the very end. The author's skill with humor came through in a subtle, pleasing way & I also want a cat that I can name "Terror"! Thomas & Mercer seems pretty consistent in good content. In any case I will be looking for more stand alone novels from this author.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    This is a well written mystery. What I enjoyed most was that the story stuck with the mystery and the plot. Some detective novels are character driven with the mystery being an afterthought. The plot was complex and the setting creepy. The pace was fast....there was no lingering. The characters are well written. While I enjoyed Lew Kirby, I grew fond of Connie and Raymond. Especially Raymond. I am a reader that loves dialogue over description. With this book, though, the description is the best This is a well written mystery. What I enjoyed most was that the story stuck with the mystery and the plot. Some detective novels are character driven with the mystery being an afterthought. The plot was complex and the setting creepy. The pace was fast....there was no lingering. The characters are well written. While I enjoyed Lew Kirby, I grew fond of Connie and Raymond. Especially Raymond. I am a reader that loves dialogue over description. With this book, though, the description is the best and I could follow what is being described, especially when Raymond was on the page. I hope someday this becomes a Masterpiece Mystery. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    The Bone Jar by S.W. KaneI am always very excited to get the first book in a series. This was my Amazon Prime read for June, so doubly excited to get it for free. And I totally loved it! For a bit, in the beginning, there are so many characters that it became confusing. Turns out...there was more than one mystery wrapped up in this investigation, so the spider wove a very large web. An HEA ending, of sorts, the kind where the tragedies are all accounted for, but still no less tragic. I really en The Bone Jar by S.W. KaneI am always very excited to get the first book in a series. This was my Amazon Prime read for June, so doubly excited to get it for free. And I totally loved it! For a bit, in the beginning, there are so many characters that it became confusing. Turns out...there was more than one mystery wrapped up in this investigation, so the spider wove a very large web. An HEA ending, of sorts, the kind where the tragedies are all accounted for, but still no less tragic. I really enjoyed this one and will certainly read more in this series.
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  • Mrs V
    January 1, 1970
    A really great read!!This is the first book that I've read from this author and it won't be the last! I got it for free via Prime and would willingly have paid for it.It is very well written and keeps you gripped throughout but you need to keep your wits about you! DI Kirby is a great character ripe for building up. You can't help but like him and his sidekick Anderson adds some touches of humour.The plot introduced me to urbex, it sounds fascinating,I highly recommend this book and look forward A really great read!!This is the first book that I've read from this author and it won't be the last! I got it for free via Prime and would willingly have paid for it.It is very well written and keeps you gripped throughout but you need to keep your wits about you! DI Kirby is a great character ripe for building up. You can't help but like him and his sidekick Anderson adds some touches of humour.The plot introduced me to urbex, it sounds fascinating,I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next in this series.
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  • Zoe Radley
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t rate something I haven’t finished. But I don’t think I could anyway am not sure why but the whole plot, characters just felt flat and dull. It didn’t feel real or in anyway creepy. It just felt boring and the characters, I felt nothing for. I also didn’t like the casual swearing especially the c word unless it feels fitting and just throwing swear around a just really irritates me. I am very disappointed in this as I was hoping from the premise it would be good. But I just got bored with I can’t rate something I haven’t finished. But I don’t think I could anyway am not sure why but the whole plot, characters just felt flat and dull. It didn’t feel real or in anyway creepy. It just felt boring and the characters, I felt nothing for. I also didn’t like the casual swearing especially the c word unless it feels fitting and just throwing swear around a just really irritates me. I am very disappointed in this as I was hoping from the premise it would be good. But I just got bored with it and cannot carry on reading it.
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  • Randee
    January 1, 1970
    There were a number of plot points not relevant to the actual case, which made it a bit confusing. Also some of the names were very similar and I'd confuse them or a minor character would reappear out of a contextual location and I couldn't remember who it was. Might just be me.The ending wrapped up all the plot points a bit too neatly. Some could have been left unresolved or carried to the next book in the series - which would make me want to read the next one.I'll probably give it a go - the l There were a number of plot points not relevant to the actual case, which made it a bit confusing. Also some of the names were very similar and I'd confuse them or a minor character would reappear out of a contextual location and I couldn't remember who it was. Might just be me.The ending wrapped up all the plot points a bit too neatly. Some could have been left unresolved or carried to the next book in the series - which would make me want to read the next one.I'll probably give it a go - the lead character is interesting and I'm curious as to where his story will go.
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  • Andy
    January 1, 1970
    You know when you read the description of a book and you’re stoked to get it started and then you’re reading and reading and nothing really happens and then you get sad because the book is not living up to the expectations of the description of said book? You know when that happened? Well, that’s basically what happened with The Bone Jar. It’s not a terrible book and there are some pretty cool things that happen in the book, but man, it did not live up to the description in my mind. No biggie re You know when you read the description of a book and you’re stoked to get it started and then you’re reading and reading and nothing really happens and then you get sad because the book is not living up to the expectations of the description of said book? You know when that happened? Well, that’s basically what happened with The Bone Jar. It’s not a terrible book and there are some pretty cool things that happen in the book, but man, it did not live up to the description in my mind. No biggie really, just one of those things. It’s all good.
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  • Jody
    January 1, 1970
    Frightening and FascinatingTotally enjoyed this book to the extent that I couldn’t put it down. If I hadn’t had to fix meals, walk the dog, etc., (and sleep) I probably would have finished it in hours instead of two days! Interesting characters, clever plot, and fun twist bringing in urban explorers. Looking forward to the next two in the series and hoping there will be more with Kirby, Connie and Raymond. Amazing debut novel.
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  • Bookphile
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this read. I liked the characters and the mystery--creepy former asylums tend to be pretty evocative. There are twists to this as with most mysteries, but I was happy to find they didn't feel forced or convoluted.I'm starting to come to the conclusion that I like UK and Irish mysteries better than US mysteries. I'll keep my eye out for the next in this series.
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  • Diane Hulsebusch
    January 1, 1970
    Great readI was close to giving this book a 5 but found a Lyle difficulty tracking some of the characters. Would have liked more detail about the mapping and exploring that Connie Darke was involved in. Didn't see if there was a sequel that would address the creeper and his involvement .
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  • Lana Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    Embarrassingly bad writing.An interesting plot but ruined by clunky, clumsy, and in some places, cringe worthy writing. How it got past a halfway competent editor is beyond me, even less a discriminating agent. This is the first time I have taken on one of Kindle publishing's free new releases. I won't be risking it again.
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  • Layla Habibi olberding
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the characters introduced in this book. The characters and setting were the best parts of the book. I enjoy crime fiction so it was an easy read for me. There seemed to be a bit too many storylines happening at the same time and I don't think they were all clearly resolved by the end.
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  • Lynda McDaniel
    January 1, 1970
    Solid writing and creative storyFascinating storyline and setting. Good writing and very likable main character. By the end, things got a little over the top, but still, a highly recommended read. I look forward to reading the next Lew Kirby.
  • Jerry Hargrove
    January 1, 1970
    I found nothing bad about this bookI liked this book all the way through. I'm no expert and I read slowly (a little at a time) and it was easy to remember what was happening as I picked back up. This sounds easy but a lot of books are easily forgettable...
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  • Sandy Lane
    January 1, 1970
    Good suspense novel. Enjoyed the characters. I kept envisioning flashes of the series ‘Stranger Things’ with casting and mental institution back story. Glad I picked from Amazon First Reads. A 3.75 rounded up to 4 stars.
  • DarkFarmer
    January 1, 1970
    I gave it 4 stars due to the exciting ending. It took me awhile to really get into the flow, actually after I had read over 50% of the book. It’s actually a bit of a chore to read. More character development and commitment to relationships might help. I am glad it’s over.
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  • Julia Macguire
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent book!I just finished The Bone Jar. It has a wonderful and well developed characters. This is the author's first book of a series. There is a very attractive main character. I can't wait for the next book!
  • Page Turner
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed reading this book with all the suspense and mystery about an asylum long closed and the many secrets of the people who lived and worked there decades ago. It was well written but there were so many characters that I found it hard to keep track of them. All in all it was a good read.
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