ABOUT THE BOOK:
Title: Bone Music (Burning Girl #1)
Author: Christopher Rice
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Publishing: March 1, 2018 (Thomas & Mercer)
Source: Little Bird Publicity and Thomas & Mercer
“When we hurt people just to punish them, Luanne used to say, we create a darkness that will live on long after our reasons for giving birth to it have faded.”
There’s more than one way to stoke the flames of revenge…
Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew—a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image. If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued. Instead, her real father exploited her tabloid-ready story for fame and profit—until Charlotte finally broke free from her ghoulish past and fled. Just when she thinks she has buried her personal hell forever, Charlotte is swept into a frightening new ordeal. Secretly dosed with an experimental drug, she’s endowed with a shocking new power—but pursued by a treacherous corporation desperate to control her.
Except from now on, if anybody is going to control Charlotte, it’s going to be Charlotte herself. She’s determined to use the extraordinary ability she now possesses to fight the kind of evil that shattered her life—by drawing a serial killer out from the shadows to face the righteous fury of a victim turned avenger.
Bone Music, for me, was many things — intriguing, fierce, suspenseful, but also not what I was expecting. This book is considered a blend of a superhero origin story and a thriller.
The first book in the Burning Girl Series, Bone Music was written by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice, son of Anne Rice and head writer/executive producer of the TV production of her books The Vampire Chronicles.
Though it’s sizable book, at over 400 pages, with multiple storylines, Bone Music has an easy flow. Rice’s writing is quite lovely!
Bone Music follows Charlotte Rowe years after being saved from serial killers who raised her as her own once they murdered her mother and abducted her as an infant. She has spent her life broken; struggling to move on and to be accepted with the public, accusing eye on her.
This IS a thriller, so I can’t really disclose much of the plot without giving away spoilers. However, one of the reasons I dwelled on my thoughts for so long after I finished reading it and I did not rate this book higher had to do with a major plot point and my personal distaste for it. So, as vaguely as I can, I’d like to at least touch on that…
Charlotte’s power stems from a drug, and I was not a fan of that. This concept just didn’t sit well with me — someone’s “empowerment” coming from drugs?! Popping a pill so you can hit a level of inordinate strength?! I get it, this is fiction, but I live in a state where opioid (completely different thing, but still…drugs) addiction and deaths are a major issue, so it’s something that kept nagging at me and took away from my reading experience.
OTHERWISE, the story has a good pace and keeps you thinking.
A lot of the characters are well-developed. Though many readers will enjoy Charlotte and find her to be strong and heroic, she wasn’t my favorite (I don’t like many female MCs, though). I loved the people that were genuinely on her side: Kayla (her attorney), Marty (her late grandmother’s boyfriend), and Luke (a local Sheriff & former high school acquaintance).
Overall, Bone Music is a good genre-bending read. Fans of strong heroines and thrillers should enjoy this series starter. I’d recommend this book to those looking for a different take on a suspense novel.
Until next time… xo
*Thanks to Little Bird Publicity and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.