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Near the Bone
Near the Bone | Christina Henry
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A woman trapped on a mountain attempts to survive more than one kind of monster, in a dread-inducing horror novel from the national bestselling author Christina Henry. Mattie can't remember a time before she and William lived alone on a mountain together. She must never make him upset. But when Mattie discovers the mutilated body of a fox in the woods, she realizes that theyre not alone after all. Theres something in the woods that wasnt there before, something that makes strange cries in the night, something with sharp teeth and claws. When three strangers appear on the mountaintop looking for the creature in the woods, Mattie knows their presence will anger William. Terrible things happen when William is angry.
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BookishMadHatter
Near the Bone | Christina Henry
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Waiting in the school pickup lane = good time to start a new book

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TheRiehlDeal
Near the Bone | Christina Henry
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Panpan

After reading other people‘s reviews of this and reflecting back on the story, I‘m now disappointed that this wasn‘t as good as it could‘ve been. In the beginning, I was totally invested in the “monster in the woods” part of the story, but as it went along, all we got were: Mattie‘s internal dialogue; an abusive father trying to make his daughter his wife; William (the father) trying to protect Mattie; Mattie coming across some strangers, who ⬇️

TheRiehlDeal then (along with Mattie) try to get revenge on William once they find what he‘s doing to her; flashbacks; and an ending that didn‘t really resolve anything.

2.5 ⭐️
9/6/22
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TheRiehlDeal
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Already an hour and a half into this, and I can tell I‘m going to need a lighter book after I‘m done with this. This is now the second book in a row that the husband is treating the wife like crap. 😩😡

So far, this is a creepy book of a couple trying to survive winter in the mountain, but something is lurking nearby.

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TheLudicReader
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Panpan

Dumb story of a woman who was kidnapped as a child and now lives with the man as his wife in the middle of the woods. Turns out they‘re not alone. Ridiculous.

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dylanisreading
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THE TENSION. THE SUSPENSE. THE CREEPINESS. Not to mention all the viscera. Highly recommend the audiobook.

First read for #summerween down.

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dylanisreading
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My first read for #summerween. 92% in and literally can't stop listening.

Reggie I loved this book and couldn‘t help rooting for the monster against the husband!!! 2mo
dylanisreading @Reggie Same! I finished it last night and kept thinking, "GET HIM" whenever the monster appeared. ? 2mo
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alecia3dixie
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Okay.. I don't understand the hype. I really didn't like this book. Like I thought it was a monster book but it's all about the main characters life.. and flashbacks.. and talking.. and talking.. And oh there may be something in the woods but we don't see it at all and it's not mentioned often. I went into this book with way too high expectations. 2/5

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TamTracy
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Pickpick

This was a great book! Hooked me in at the beginning and I was all in. The setting of the story was creepy enough but then throw in the monsters, both human and supernatural, and it became a story I didn‘t want to put down until I found out how it ended. The only thing I didn‘t like was that there were so many unanswered questions at the end. I need to know!!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BeeMagical This has been on my Amazon list for a while! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!! 5mo
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ShyBookOwl
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F*@k William.

Just starting this one and my blood is already boiling 😅

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abookishbutterfly
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Mehso-so

Overall, Near the Bone was a well-paced, immersive horror. My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3803361063

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abookishbutterfly
Near the Bone | Christina Henry

“His shadow would chase her for the rest of her life, and she hated him for that, hated that her mind would never be completely easy, that she‘d always be looking over her shoulder for a monster.”

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julesG
Near the Bone | Christina Henry
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#AestheticallyMatched #ReadingChallenge @Clwojick

Total page turner, but still only a low pick. I was so annoyed with Mattie's inner monologue most of the time - I know it's a feature.

The dark, paranormal part reminded me of Neville's The Ritual.

Clwojick Great match! 💕 7mo
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aperfectmjk
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Pickpick

This book had me until the end. Not crazy about how abruptly this one ends.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
Roary47 Right?! It just stops out of no where. 8mo
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candority
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Look what arrived! 😍 Thank you @TheAromaofBooks! I can‘t wait to read this one and have added it to my #BookSpinBingo board for the month 😊

Bookzombie I love that cover! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks YAY!! I'm so glad it arrived safely!!! And I'll admit that I chose it from your selections because of the cover 😂 8mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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This starts off quite slowly, but gradually builds to a gripping section where they are fleeing for their lives from whatever is killing everything around it & leaving their corpses strung from trees. Also, never have I wanted a character to meet a sticky end as much as I wanted William to. 3.5🌟

TW: physical abuse, gaslighting, paedophilia, miscarriage, graphic injury/violence, animal death.

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Reagan
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Just starting the tagged, don‘t recall where I heard about it but a lot of library holds so I better get reading! Sitting with Whiskers who we think has developed asthma 😑 so it‘s been a long week but she‘s started a steroid treatment that should help. All the better for her to get a lot of cuddles and assist me with my reading!

Bookzombie I read this one last year and couldn‘t put it down. I hope Whiskers will be okay. 💕🐈‍⬛ (edited) 8mo
Reagan @Bookzombie really good so far! Me too, she might have to get an inhaler 😳 8mo
Reggie It‘s crazy but I had a friend with an asthmatic cat and the poor guy would wheeze all the time and I had a friend who had a diabetic cat that she had to give insulin to. I had no idea these things were possible in cats. Also, I loved that book. I wanted to read William get his face beat in so hard. 8mo
Reagan @Reggie I had no idea either and now she‘s getting a puffer 😄 William needed a beat down. 8mo
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SpookyMazeOfBooks
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What more could I want , Blood and Gore, Strang stuff happen ,

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Avanders
Near the Bone | Christina Henry
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Thank you @rsteve388 for this wonderful #bestof2021swap package!! I absolutely love the calendar, the socks are perfect for me, the stickers will go right in my bujo and the chocolate sounds so yummy! I also can‘t wait to read both of these books!! Thank you and Happy New Year!!! 🎆💜🎆🖤🎆

And thank you @candority for hosting such a fun swap! 😘♥️

rsteve388 Happy New Year to you as well. 9mo
Amiable That calendar looks amazing! 9mo
Avanders @rsteve388 oh and the bookmark! Also amazing 😁😘 @amiable I know - I‘m so@excited to have it up in my home office space ☺️ 9mo
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Chrissyreadit Those socks are hysterical!!! 9mo
Chrissyreadit And maybe share some more pics of the calendar? 9mo
Avanders @Chrissyreadit lol they are really perfect! 😂😅 Ooh will do! 9mo
candority I definitely need a pair of those socks as well! What a great package 😍 9mo
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Lizpixie
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My #4thBookOf2021 for #April is this brilliant horror book by Christina Henry. I really liked her Alice series, but this book was an edge-of-your-seat white knuckle ride from the 1st page. I ended up tearing through it in 2hrs, I just couldn‘t put it down. The ending was worth every second. Highly highly recommend. #12BooksOf2021

Andrew65 Sounds fantastic. 9mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
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This read a lot more like a YA horror book than I expected. Mattie is a young woman living on an isolated mountain with her husband William. When unidentifiable tracks are discovered in the snow, Mattie begins to wonder what else lives amongst the trees. Three strangers appear to investigate the source of the footprints. Mattie begins to wonder if she can trust these strangers to save her from the monsters on the mountain. ⭐⭐⭐💫

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Bookzombie
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A number of Henry‘s books have been on my TBR for a long time, but I bumped this one up after @Reggie posted a great review a few months ago.
Mattie has only known the mountain and William for the last 12 years. The looming threat of an unknown creature and three hikers in search of it will bring out the truth and change everything. This was a really gripping book and if I could I have I would have read it in one day. #Screamathon

Bookzombie @Reggie I know you said you wanted the creature to kill William, but I found how he dies so satisfying. 11mo
Reggie This is a really great review, Margie. Yeah, I just wanted to run him over. And as much abuse as Henry describes it never feels repetitive which made it feel that much worse. 11mo
Bookzombie @Reggie Thanks so much! I agree about the abuse. (edited) 11mo
Bookzombie @TheAromaofBooks I forgot to indicate that this was my #Bookspin for October. 🎃 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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JessClark78
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‘A woman trapped on a mountain attempts to survive more than one kind of monster.‘

Not my favorite by Christina Henry but still a decent horror novel. Loved the snowy mountain setting. The story is suspenseful and kept me interested. It‘s also a pretty quick read.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#Scarathlon2021 #Screamathon #Wickedathon
#SpookOWeen #Readathon

+16 points #TeamHendrix

TheSpineView 🤩📖📚 11mo
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Jadams1776
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I‘ve become a big fan of Christina Henry. This book was very suspenseful. I‘m not sure that the creature was the worst monster in the book. +336 #TeamHendrix #Scarathlon2021 #LMPBC #GroupT #Screamathon #spookoween #thrilloween #vampathon

TheSpineView 👍📖📚 11mo
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JessClark78
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TheSpineView Looks good.🧡📖 11mo
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Jadams1776
Near the Bone | Christina Henry
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Starting this one for #LMPBC #GroupT. It‘s going to be a long day of airports and planes.

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Roary47
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4✨ Okay. Wow. There are monsters and creatures in this story. It could have maybe explained some things in an epilogue of given another chapter, but man was it good! Read for #LMPBC

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Read-y_Picker
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Just finished the audiobook. Went into it completely blind and was pleasantly surprised. It's a good light-ish horror. A little gory but not too much and suspenseful through to the end. Great find thanks a fellow litten. 3.75 ⭐ still a pick.

**TW domestic abuse, violence including sexual, abduction, child abuse.

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DrLReads
Near the Bone | Christina Henry
Mehso-so

A quick but somewhat underwhelming read.

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Lizpixie
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#LittensDressedInBlood #Day11 #MonsterMash Today‘s prompt instantly brings this recent read to mind.Henry is a brilliant horror writer who takes children‘s stories & twists them into creepy tales, but this one was slightly different & the best she‘s written in my opinion.From the 1st chapter where Mattie finds the mutilated body of a fox whilst checking traps near her home on a remote mountain,there‘s a sense of dread that builds & doesn‘t let go.

ErinSueMreads This could literally be the worst book in the world and I would still buy it for that cover 😱 12mo
MidnightBookGirl I have never heard of this author, but I am going to take a deep dive into her work! 12mo
MidnightBookGirl Haha, I just lied. It turns out I have her book Lost Boy in my audible tbr! 12mo
Lizpixie @MidnightBookGirl I highly recommend this one as well as her Alice series. Extremely creepy take on Wonderland😬 12mo
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rsteve388
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Wow, This book did not get the hype that it deserved, but it was a horror novel through and through, it was frightening and ensured the reader was at the edge of their seat and very uncomfortable as the story unfolded. Great book! 5 Stars.

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rsteve388
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I think this is my #FFFS Box, not expecting anything else from Amazon, so that's probably a safe assumption.

So it turns out this was a birthday present from my sister and not my Swap Box. It's a foot massager!

BarbaraBB Haha! 13mo
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rsteve388
Near the Bone | Christina Henry

#FFFS Box Shipped should arrive on Thursday. Forgot to grab a picture. @Avanders

Avanders Woot!! 🧡🍁🍂🍂🍁🧡 13mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Next up, my current #lmpbc book! I just have to remember to actually write in it! When I get into a book, I totally forget!

Littlewolf1 I hope you enjoy it 😁 13mo
Reggie Oh, I know, I start out commenting a lot but then if the book is really good I forgot the whole back half. Lol 13mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Received my #lmpbc from @Littlewolf1 can‘t wait to start it!

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Littlewolf1
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4.6⭐️ frightening and fantastic. This book was so good... I loved it and glad I get to share it with my #LMPBC group.

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Jgacreations
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Yup this was an F”Ed up one. You don‘t know what to be more afraid of, the girls situation or the thing in the woods.

Reggie Yeah, I was rooting for the creature to kill William. 14mo
Jgacreations @Reggie yes the whole time! 14mo
IamIamIam 👀 13mo
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Reggie
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This was good. Very readable. On a snowy mountain, Mattie is sent to check on the traps when she discovers a dead fox and tracks that make no sense. She goes back to tell William, her abusive husband, the only other person who Mattie has seen or known for 12 years. I spent this book scared of this monster stalking them, scared for Mattie every time she got beat by William, and prayed that the monster would just kill William. Good stuff. Pick!

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 1y
BarbaraBB Fab review. As always I want to read every book you praise! 1y
sprainedbrain Sounds good! 1y
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carlthecattt Might have to make this my next read, sounds great! 1y
vivastory Sounds great! 1y
Tera66 Stacked! 1y
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Littlewolf1
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All right #groupT, here are my picks for this round of #LMPBC. Let me know what you guys think.

Roary47 All of them sound good. I‘m leaning more toward “Near the Bone” 1y
Jadams1776 I was going to list Heart-Shaped Box 😂 1y
Jadams1776 I‘m good with any of them 1y
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BarkingMadRun I‘ve read heart shaped box but none of the others 1y
Littlewolf1 @Jadams1776 @BarkingMadRun @Roary47 ok all, I think I‘m am going to go with Near the Bone 1y
Jadams1776 Sounds good to me! 1y
Roary47 Yay!! 1y
Jgacreations Yes. I‘m reading near the bone now but loved the other 3 when i read them! Good picks. 14mo
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ReadingOver50
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I read this all over one day! That is unusual for me, but it shows how enthralling this book was. I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen and who would make it out alive.

There was quite a bit of child abuse and spousal abuse, which did disturb me. I didn't like that part of the story. There was also a large, bigfoot type creature stalking the characters. Basically, everyone was in danger all the time. It made for a wild ride.

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Lizpixie
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Bk10 of April is done! Wow. Wow wow wow. I only received this in the mail a few hrs ago & already finished it. I love this authors “Alice” series but this was so much better. The sense of terror & dread starts in the 1st chapter & doesn‘t stop. A young woman checks the traps near her mountain cabin when she finds a dead fox & prints that are much bigger than a grizzly. Then it‘s a white knuckle ride. 5⭐️ #PickYourPoison #NerdReading2021 👇

TheAromaofBooks Sounds intense!! And I love that cover! So ominous! 1y
Lizpixie @TheAromaofBooks that it was. It‘s also got sprayed black edges, signed and has a foiled design of trees under the dust jacket.😍 1y
TheAromaofBooks I'm a total sucker for sprayed/pretty edges! 1y
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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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❐ Overall Rating 5⭐ | Narration 😁 = Very Good
❐ TW for severe abuse, & child abduction
❐ Creature Feature
This was so good! Featuring a tight narrative with no extraneous details to get in the way or take you out of the story, which I love. Since I don‘t read/listen to a lot of horror/slasher books, I‘m not sure how it compares to others of its kind but I, for one found it quite perfect with just the right amount of story too scary ratio.

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TheReadingRaccoon
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I loved this dark tale of horrible monsters (both human and other), deception, cruelty and fighting back. The plot is fast moving and the scares will keep readers on their toes! 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Note: this horror suspense novel has scenes and subject matter that might be upsetting to some readers including; gore, abuse, kidnapping, sexual assault, miscarriage

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unabridgedchick
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This book is a very fine horror thriller but nothing exceptional. There are two monsters: the one in the woods mutilating things and the one who hurts her relentlessly. Mattie has to decide which monster she fears more, esp as surviving one exposes her to the other. This is a quick read w a a very cinematic feel; it hews closely to the standard horror movie formula. But the quick clip means there's not enough space to breathe into the story.