This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Lies in Bone by Natalie Symons opens with an unusual event, the experience of a toxic fog that covers the town of Slippery Elm, Pennsylvania on Halloween in 1963. Eleven-year-old Chuck Coolidge’s brother, Danny, goes missing after the fog that leaves most of the town ill and twenty dead. Years have gone by, and the memories linger on. Chuck Coolidge’s adolescent daughter is sick of the town, and she doesn’t want to have anything to do with it, so she plans her escape. But everything changes when the body of a child is pulled out of the river, and the investigators link the murder to Danny’s disappearance over twenty years ago. Now Frank must get to the bottom of the mystery, a journey fraught with danger and questions that unearth murder, dark secrets, and truths that are uncomfortable to live with.
This is an absorbing, tightly plotted novel that is emotionally rich and fast-moving. It is one of the best mysteries I have read in a while, and the author’s gift for plot and character shines through the writing with unusual brilliance. I was gripped from the start of the story, following Danny as he struggles to pedal his bike behind Chuck, and as the fog that initially seems ordinary and normal starts to stink. The first-person narrative is spectacular, and the liveliness in the voice is mixed with quirkiness to pull the reader into the narrator’s world. Natalie Symons writes in beautiful prose and it flows with grace, mingled with dialogues that are intelligently crafted to reflect character depth and situation. Lies in Bones is a spellbinder for fans of mystery and murder. The book just refuses to be put down.