Bone Music (Burning Girl #1)
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.

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TitleBone Music (Burning Girl #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 1st, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
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GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery

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Bone Music (Burning Girl #1) Review

  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    I suspected Christopher Rice was a successful author riding on his mother's (Anne Rice) coattails, but this turned out to be a first rate thriller, and I apologize to him for my unworthy expectations!
  • Russell Sanders
    January 1, 1970
    It’s been ages since I’ve read a 450 page book in three days. And I would have read Christopher Rice’s Bone Music much quicker if eye fatigue and life hadn’t gotten in the way. Rice, one of my favorite authors, has created a compelling tale, that of Charlotte Rowe, a young woman coping with the fact that the first seven years of her life were spent with serial killers. Charlotte is trying desperately to put her life back together in her adulthood when she becomes manipulated. And that manipulati It’s been ages since I’ve read a 450 page book in three days. And I would have read Christopher Rice’s Bone Music much quicker if eye fatigue and life hadn’t gotten in the way. Rice, one of my favorite authors, has created a compelling tale, that of Charlotte Rowe, a young woman coping with the fact that the first seven years of her life were spent with serial killers. Charlotte is trying desperately to put her life back together in her adulthood when she becomes manipulated. And that manipulation borders on science fiction. But Rice is such a masterful storyteller that we believe that bit of science fiction. It’s not as if we, as readers, simply accept that such a thing can happen, it is that we believe such a thing is possible and will indeed happen, if not now, then in the future. And that premise propels this very human story into a fast-moving almost “coming of age” story, a love story, a suspense story, a thriller. And that is Rice’s gift: he can weave all those elements into a magnificent book. And not only that, a book that appears to be the first of series. I’m not a huge fan of series books—my anal retentive personality makes me feel obligated to continue reading each book, if only to find out what’s next for the protagonist. But I eagerly look forward to installment two of The Burning Girl mysteries. I close with this: in a book fraught with suspense of the dangerous kind, Rice fills a first kiss with so much tender suspense that I melted. His description of that kiss is one of the most lovely I’ve ever read.
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  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t do too well with this one. Interesting premise, and good writing, but it just didn’t do anything for me!
  • Guerre Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Good but not great.Let me start by saying I'm a fan of all things Rice. Even their average works are as good as most others best efforts. The subject matter, serial killers, will be a turnoff for a lot of readers. Which makes the character development extremely important to effectively pull this off. The results are mixed, here. Showing sociopathic and psychopathc personality traits is a very tricky endevour. The author ambitiously introduces us to nearly a dozen (possibly main) characters who a Good but not great.Let me start by saying I'm a fan of all things Rice. Even their average works are as good as most others best efforts. The subject matter, serial killers, will be a turnoff for a lot of readers. Which makes the character development extremely important to effectively pull this off. The results are mixed, here. Showing sociopathic and psychopathc personality traits is a very tricky endevour. The author ambitiously introduces us to nearly a dozen (possibly main) characters who all exhibit a variety of questionable personality disorders. With a few exceptions, the reader is left with the question of who is good and who is bad in the book.Style wise the author seems to shift between first and third person enevenly. I found ths t be a problem because he did it several times within a paragraph. He also would have a page of dialogue, in the same voice/manner and make no reference as to who the character was and who was speaking. Going back and counting paragraphs to determine who is speaking is just poor editing. This is a good book, not great. Most readers will do an eye roll or two at some of the questionable sci-fi devices he tries to use, but the author mostly pulls off the narative with his character development. Mostly. The author in his footnote says he skirted the bounds of sci-fi for this book. Uuuummm, no. I'm sure I won't be the only reader who was ready for him to introduce some zombies (thankfully that didn't happen). I recommend the book with the reservation that you will have to suspend some belief in reality to get through this book. And some of his characteristics for personality disorders could use a few adjustments.
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  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    When I first started reading this book I thought here we go again another serial killer book, turn on a scary movie. Once I saw that a child had been rescued that they were trying to train to be like them my interest was peaked. Flash forward....she builds herself an impenetrable place of refuge and the drama begins and then it becomes a lot of action and the thriller is on. If my eyes hadn't gotten tired this book would have been read in a day. Only saw one sentence that was incorrectly written When I first started reading this book I thought here we go again another serial killer book, turn on a scary movie. Once I saw that a child had been rescued that they were trying to train to be like them my interest was peaked. Flash forward....she builds herself an impenetrable place of refuge and the drama begins and then it becomes a lot of action and the thriller is on. If my eyes hadn't gotten tired this book would have been read in a day. Only saw one sentence that was incorrectly written in the last few pages. I'll definitely read #2.
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  • Trina
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome Read!Definitely one I couldn't put down. You can tell a lot of research went into topic and procedural detail. The depth of the characters is great. Made me think, made me laugh out loud, made me teary eyed at times. Fed my murder mystery, suspense, thriller and logic/common sense receptors very nicely.
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  • Deserthomemaker
    January 1, 1970
    So much better than I was expecting it to be. The blend of thriller and sci-fi really worked for me, and the world building was good without bogging down the story. I will be continuing with the series.
  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    I read a few chapters but it was mostly too disturbing for me.
  • Beebie May Hutley
    January 1, 1970
    DNF. February's Kindle First choice. Gave up at 26%.
  • Trudy Lynn Brockman
    January 1, 1970
    Not what I expected.The storyline, premise, goal...all good! Characters OK. Seemed all over the place to me. Definitely not what I expected. Was not an easy read...at times did not really want to finish. Will try another of his books anyway.
  • Marina
    January 1, 1970
    I abandoned this at 37%. It was starting to depress me. Every person, every location, was repulsive. There were three story strands, two of which didn't seem to develop and the third which was pretty boring after the initial surprise. The dialogue was rambling. The characters were characterless. At least I got it as part of my Amazon subscription rather than paying extra.
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  • Sayra
    January 1, 1970
    I spent most of this novel not overly much liking it but at the same time not disliking it enough not to read bit more. I still feel that way.
  • Kathy Davie
    January 1, 1970
    First in The Burning Girl sci-fi thriller series and revolving around Charlotte Rowe, as she’s known now.My TakeA story narrative that uses in medias res with that confusing interview to pull you in and then goes backwards and forwards, using lots of flashbacks and incorporating the angel-devil inner conflict, mostly with Charlotte and somewhat with Luke.It’s a common enough sub-theme, that family is what you make it, not just blood. You can’t help but laugh and cry at the same time at the start First in The Burning Girl sci-fi thriller series and revolving around Charlotte Rowe, as she’s known now.My TakeA story narrative that uses in medias res with that confusing interview to pull you in and then goes backwards and forwards, using lots of flashbacks and incorporating the angel-devil inner conflict, mostly with Charlotte and somewhat with Luke.It’s a common enough sub-theme, that family is what you make it, not just blood. You can’t help but laugh and cry at the same time at the start. And Rice pulls you right in.It’s about Charley’s need for self-preservation at war with her subconscious questioning of herself: bred to kill, but wanting to be a better person. Angry for all those victims, their lives cut short. All of which we learn through multiple third-person point-of-view with Charlotte as the primary perspective and Luke and Cole as minor ones.Rice certainly has an interesting premise for his story, and I kept forgetting that Charlotte may well have a shelf life with this new boost to her constitution. Nor is that the only teaser, as Rice has lots of ‘em in this, ensuring we’ll keep reading.His characters are complex with us discovering different sides to them from good to bad and vice versa. It kept me wondering enough to keep flipping those pages and hoping book #2 isn’t far behind.I did appreciate Luke’s explanation for his behavior. It does make it more understandable. No less awful, but…parents have GOT to stop forcing them to live the lives they want them to follow! It certainly does grant Charley a number of kudos, some of which she’s been realizing in this story. As for the FBI having a thing for Bailey. I should think they’d publicly denounce him and privately thank him! And it’s a sad reflection on society that rude behavior turns a person into a monster. Makes sense of the whole masks issue, but it’s not a reason to do what they do.The niggles, well, as mean as it sounds, I do wish there had been more angst for Luke in getting past his past. This was too easy. Well, it’s too easy in the book, although it sure sounds like Luke suffered to get where he is.I want to whine about the insta-love, but it is and it isn’t. I’ll also complain that Rice didn’t make it scary enough. I want more tension in the interaction between Charley and Cole.It’s one heck of a plot voucher that leads Charlotte on a not-at-all-merry dance and into a happy ending…with a cliffhanger.The StorySeven years being groomed to kill, nine years exploited by the man who should have had her welfare at heart, and ten years in which to recover.Only it’s not a recovery. Charlotte is in hiding, afraid of a world that wants to believe the worst of her. It’s when she’s facing those truths that Charley is secretly dosed with an experimental drug. Endowed with a shocking new power, Charley is pursued by her betrayer and the 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.The CharactersTrina Pierce became Charlotte Rowe to escape her notoriety. Luanne is the grandmother who had sheltered Charlotte for the past ten years. Lowell Pierce is Charley's jerk of a father who exploited her and earned a fortune on the Savage Woods films.Kayla LeBlanc is the lawyer who helped Trina sue her father.Altamira, California, is……where Luanne had lived and run a pet supply store. Martin “Marty” Cahill, a building contractor/handyman dishonorably discharged from the Marines, had been her grandmother’s boyfriend. His posse of 12-steppers includes Dr. Marcia Brewerton; the sleeved Dale; Lonnie; Trev Rucker, a former Marine sniper; and, Dave Brasher.Luke Prescott is a new, shiny sheriff’s deputy in town. He’s also an old schoolmate of Charlotte’s, a nasty bully. He’s currently living in the old Hickman place, the childhood home of Emily, a school friend of Charlotte’s. Bailey is Luke’s youngest brother, a computer hacker. Reggie had been Luke’s freshman-year roommate.Sheriff Mona Sanchez is half Chumash, Luke’s boss, and former military. She’d also been friends with Luke’s mother. Bill Poindexter was the deputy who retired. Peter Henricks is another deputy. Judy Lyle is reception and dispatch.Dan Soto runs the Gold Mine Tavern and has a scanner. The Copper Pot is a café with the best pie. Silver Shore Investments sucker punched Altamira with its grandiose ideas. Stanley Morrison’s wife is really ticked at her husband. Dorothy Strickland lives across the street from Luke.Scarlet, Arizona, is……where Charlotte moves and works from home as a travel agent. Dr. Dylan Thorpe is the psychiatrist treating Charlotte. The Blake is a restored movie house. Benny was a biker who came to the AA meetings and shared too joyfully. “Thor” and Axel are some of the threatening bikers.Graydon Pharmaceuticals is……part of a consortium. Cole Graydon has taken over his father’s pharmaceutical company. Ed Baker is a former deputy chief for the LAPD and now heads up Graydon security. Dr. Nora Suvari, a Harvard PhD, is the head of gastrointestinal treatments. Tucker Albright, a beef distributor, is the chairman of the board, because he’s chummy with mummy. Cole’s mother has a horse ranch in Rancho Santa Fe. Sunatrex is the new stomach drug that probably represents what most drug companies do for us. Mark Hetherington is a registered nurse and part of security.Project Bluebird had been……a black books drug experiment participated in, funded by, The Consortium.Dylan Cody has a background as a Navy SEAL, a degree in chemical and physical biology, and a PhD in neuroscience.Crispin Corp is……a very successful surveillance technology company headed up by Julia Crispin, a rape survivor.Detective Manuel Ramirez is in charge of finding the Mask Maker. Kelley Sumter had changed her name to Harley Grey. Sarah Pratt had been a fitness instructor. Dr. Frederick Pemberton is a plastic surgeon. Denny Bryant is in real estate and runs the Bryant Center, a youth sciences center. Dr. Ella Stanovski works for the Center. Bryant is a donor to Global Healers which visited the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya a few years ago.Lilah Turlington, a.k.a., Lisa Hilliard, had a son, Noah, and a boyfriend, Eddie Stevens. Cassie Murdoch and Jane Blaire, best friends, were taking a road trip. Jennifer Albright had been a flight attendant. Emily Connolly had been a CPA; Zach Pike had been the man she met online.Jason Briffel admires the Bannings and has his own dreams for Trina. The Savior is working with Jason. The Mask Maker is the current serial killer, terrorizing L.A. Barry Fitness is a nice gym. Agent Rohm is with the FBI and quite the nasty extortionist. I hope he’ll get his comeuppance in some future story. Jerk.Daniel and Abigail Banning were serial killers, with sort of a heart. They taught Trina all about the corrupters, living things that tried to steal from them.Zypraxon is a new experimental drug intended to help with anxieties and mental paralysis. Paradrenaline is a new hormone. Plastination is used to preserve bodies, exposing their muscles, allowing them to be posed and exhibited.The Cover and TitleThe cover is quietly dramatic with it’s almost silhouette of a desert landscape in the bottom half and a soft sunrise of pale peaches, pinks, and purples…until you notice the eyes in the sky set between the title words which are a gradation of black to sunrise sparkles. The series information is at the top in pale yellow with the author’s information and an info blurb in white at the bottom.The title is the sound the change makes inside Charley, the Bone Music, that signals her transformation.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Read for SLJ reviewer - full review will be linked when published.
  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    I've read two other books by Christopher Rice, The Heavens Rise and The Vines, and was enthralled by the dark, supernatural elements in both.  Bone Music takes a different, but captivating path.Charlotte's backstory is tragic, and yet fascinating.  Being raised by serial killers, it's a miracle she's a functioning adult, let alone sane.  I enjoyed watching her regain some control over her life, and renew her relationship with Marty.  Something that intrigued me was the lack of distinct definitio I've read two other books by Christopher Rice, The Heavens Rise and The Vines, and was enthralled by the dark, supernatural elements in both.  Bone Music takes a different, but captivating path.Charlotte's backstory is tragic, and yet fascinating.  Being raised by serial killers, it's a miracle she's a functioning adult, let alone sane.  I enjoyed watching her regain some control over her life, and renew her relationship with Marty.  Something that intrigued me was the lack of distinct definition between 'good guys' and 'bad guys'.  Nearly every character was a murky gray, believing they were doing the right thing, or trying to atone for a past behavior.The cohesion of the story troubled me.  I felt like there were three separate stories within the novel - Charlotte trying to maintain her privacy and escape a twisted stalker, a serial killer kidnapping and killing women, and a drug company illegally administering experimental drugs.  It all comes together in the end, but Charlie's reasoning behind her decision to go after the serial killer is somewhat of a surprise.  Obviously, from the book description, the reader knows it's coming, but how she gets from point A to point B doesn't seem logical.  Don't get me wrong - when she catches up with him, it's a thing of beauty and highly satisfying.Bone Music contains a fascinating and unique origin story, and I'll be interested to see where the author takes this series.Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the digital ARC.
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  • Melber
    January 1, 1970
    Written for San Francisco Book ReviewBuried bodies. Rusted cars. Burned wallets. Hiding from her past, Trina Pierce is now Charlotte Rowe living outside a small town in the Arizona desert. Her house is a small fortress of bullet proof glass with a high-tech security system. Only Charlotte’s therapist knows she was the Burning Girl, the abducted child who disappeared with the serial killers Abigail and Daniel Banning. After 7 years of burning the wallets, jewelry, and personal belongings of the B Written for San Francisco Book ReviewBuried bodies. Rusted cars. Burned wallets. Hiding from her past, Trina Pierce is now Charlotte Rowe living outside a small town in the Arizona desert. Her house is a small fortress of bullet proof glass with a high-tech security system. Only Charlotte’s therapist knows she was the Burning Girl, the abducted child who disappeared with the serial killers Abigail and Daniel Banning. After 7 years of burning the wallets, jewelry, and personal belongings of the Bannings’ victims, little Trina is rescued, but the scars of that life remain with her. Even after changing her identity, a mad stalker and an experimental drug forces Charlotte to confront her biggest fear – being controlled by others. Returning to the California town where she went to high school, she now must learn about the drug that gives her the ability to fight off attackers with inordinate strength while figuring out how she can take back her own life.A mystery/thriller with a bit of a twist, Christopher Rice’s Bone Music is a promising start to a new series. The story is fast-paced with solid character development. Rice has become an author who can stand on his own outside of the shadows of his parent’s success as writers.
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  • Jena
    January 1, 1970
    “They didn’t plan to kill my mother.”Charlotte Rowe has never led a normal life. Her mother killed in a tragic twist of fate by two serial killers. Taken by the killers and raised as their own until the FBI finally caught up to them. Reunited with a father who was far more interested in profiting off of her than raising her, or healing her. Every time she gets her feet under her, fate seems determined to rip them from beneath her.Right when it seems she’s actually gotten her life back, she finds “They didn’t plan to kill my mother.”Charlotte Rowe has never led a normal life. Her mother killed in a tragic twist of fate by two serial killers. Taken by the killers and raised as their own until the FBI finally caught up to them. Reunited with a father who was far more interested in profiting off of her than raising her, or healing her. Every time she gets her feet under her, fate seems determined to rip them from beneath her.Right when it seems she’s actually gotten her life back, she finds herself in the midst of a new nightmare. Tricked into taking a new experimental drugs, she finds herself with surprising new powers. Unsure of what to do or where to go, Charlotte decides she needs to take control of the situation before a ruthless corporation takes control of her. And what better way to regain control, than by exerting a little revenge?“All she feels is the bone music and the sense that she has become not darkness but a great fire, bringing a sudden, blazing end to it.”Bone Music is part thriller, part science fiction, and is 100% an exhilarating ride. From the very beginning, where we hear Charlie talking about what it was like being raised by two serial killers, we know that this book is going to go down some very dark roads.There is a ton of subtle psychology written into Charlie, and throughout the entire book. This shouldn’t be a surprise, any book based on serial killers tends to include some psychological elements. But Rice goes beyond standard or superficial observations and dives into the complexity of the human psyche. There is some deep conversation on PTSD, the nature of violence, the effects of abuse, and addiction to name a few that stood out to me.Charlie has been through a lot. As a result, she is incredibly complex. Rice doesn’t make her feel superficial, or cliche at any point throughout the book. She is traumatized and struggling to sort through her tapestry of emotions. But she isn’t fragile. And I really liked that about her. She is also not convinced that her time with killers didn’t change her in fundamental ways. She wants to be a better person, but deep down is afraid that she isn’t.“When we hurt people just to punish them, Luane used to say, we create a darkness that will live on long after our reasons for giving birth to it have faded.”She hangs on to her grandmothers words, using them as a guiding force. Rather than having Charlie veer too much into the realm of good, Rice makes sure to show that she is conflicted at the core of her being. She relishes the power she is given at times, and is seduced by her ability to punish those who deserve it. What makes her so interesting is that it is because of her early years, and her fear that she would have gone to a much darker path had the FBI not intervened, that keeps the desire for revenge from taking over.Rather than giving us definitive good versus evil, we get evil versus lesser evil most of the time. Bone Music sits firmly in the realm of moral gray. Even though we can agree serial killers are bad, it’s less clear what to make of Charlie and the forces surrounding her. She wants to be good, that much is clear. However, the road to hell is often paved with good intentions. And that theme is very much woven into this plot.I also really enjoyed the strength Charlie shows in even who she chooses as her allies. While Luke is obviously a love interest, Charlie doesn’t swoon, or even rely on him to help. She wants his help, but doesn’t need it. She wants to let her defensives down, but she isn’t willing to pander to him, or defer to him. She has a plan, is confident in what needs to happen and isn’t afraid to go it alone. This portrayal of strength in a female protagonist made me very happy!“I want your help. But I don’t want your agenda. And I want you to listen to what I’m thinking and not tell me what I’m thinking.”Not to mention how accurately Rice captures the infuriating notion of ‘mansplaining’. I loved reading Luke realize what he was doing and how it was coming across to Charlie. And then actually acknowledge it and work on not doing it! While I want to fist pump in honor of girl power everywhere, the fact is Rice writes characters that are believable because of these types of interactions.What I loved is that the self aware characters are closer to the side of good than evil, even if their behavior is firmly in the gray. And the characters closer to the side of evil tend towards a blindness of the self, to the point of delusional. It’s a subtle and compelling look at human nature and psychology.“It’s the truth, as much as she’s capable of telling the truth about the possibility that no longer exists, an opportunity that was stolen from her by a man who’s only just now realizing that his belief in whats best for others can bring him close to committing the kind of violent acts that destroyed his life.”Rice fully captures the tragedy and trauma that would be present given the circumstances these characters go through. He isn’t afraid to get dark, and he doesn’t back away from difficult themes. The plot is intense, and definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. I loved the science fiction twists. They give this thriller added dimensions that keep it original and unpredictable all the way to the end. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait until the next in the series comes out!Huge thank you to Little Bird Publicity, Thomas & Mercer, and Amazon Publishing for sending me an early copy to read and review!
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  • Sharon Simpson
    January 1, 1970
    I selected this book from Amazon First Reads. Blurb: 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 p I selected this book from Amazon First Reads. Blurb: 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 avengerReview: Although very familiar with Anne Rice, Christopher's world famous mother, this was my first Christopher Rice book and it won't be my last.What I liked? It took me a while to get through this book but when I was reading, the pacing was great except for some of Charlotte's times of introspection. I felt that Christopher used a great deal of restraint in NOT detailing the gruesome details of Charlotte's abduction and while horrific, wasn't gratuitous. And with or without the Charlotte's special "powers", I have to give her props for being a badass. What I didn't like so much? The novel read like a television show at times (I wouldn't be surprised if there was a deal in the works). However, I wanted to go deeper into some of the character development. I found Bailey exiled computer hacker and potential love interest Luke's brother fascinating. And Marty, as a step-grandpa of sorts was straight out of modern day cowboy casting. Gruff with a heart of gold. Definitely will give Burning Girl #2 a shot and hope that it's a limited series that doesn't drag on too long.
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  • Judi
    January 1, 1970
    Trina Pierce, her life started and ended the day her mother was murdered. But the two serial killers that killer her mother, could not bring themselves to kill the baby in the back seat. So they took her and raised her as thier own. Trina didn't understand what her "parents" were doing or why there were strange noises at the farmhouse, not until later..She was 7 when they finally caught up with her parents, but that was 7 years and everyone thinks that Trina knew and helped her "parents" to dest Trina Pierce, her life started and ended the day her mother was murdered. But the two serial killers that killer her mother, could not bring themselves to kill the baby in the back seat. So they took her and raised her as thier own. Trina didn't understand what her "parents" were doing or why there were strange noises at the farmhouse, not until later..She was 7 when they finally caught up with her parents, but that was 7 years and everyone thinks that Trina knew and helped her "parents" to destroy the bodies of the people they killed..Trina's real father comes to her aide, but he is just interested in making money off of her and writes a book and features Trina. She finally breaks one day and tells him that he is making money off of her, she didn't know what was going on with her former life and she leaves.She leaves to go life with her grandmother, where she finds life is better, until everyone is school knows who she is. So it doesn't make the decision of leaving this town and changing her name hard at all.Trina, now Charlotte is under care of a psycholgist until she finds out that he is just using her as a guinea pig. The strange drug that he has given her as given her "super like powers" and when the man that has been stalking her breaks into her house, she finds out how strong she is. But what will Charlotte do with these powers.I really loved this book and could not put it down. It has it all, action, humor, and love along the way. Can't wait to wait the 2nd in the series.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    This story was not what I was expecting at all! To start off with, the characters are amazingly well developed and transform continuously through the entire story so that you feel like you are growing with them.Trina was kidnapped by serial killers when she was only a baby and was raised on their farm until one day when she was 7 and the authorities rescued her from this family. Thankfully, she was never witness to any of the horror's they committed, but is altogether still scarred by the life e This story was not what I was expecting at all! To start off with, the characters are amazingly well developed and transform continuously through the entire story so that you feel like you are growing with them.Trina was kidnapped by serial killers when she was only a baby and was raised on their farm until one day when she was 7 and the authorities rescued her from this family. Thankfully, she was never witness to any of the horror's they committed, but is altogether still scarred by the life experiences she has now had.Now she is an adult and has changed her name to Charlotte; trying to start a fresh new life that is gripped by terror and fear for those out there that might want to hurt her - not to mention the psychopathic stalker she has. Thanks to her "Psychiatrist", Dylan, she starts to find a way to face her fears and move on with her life. But there are a lot of risks involved when you face down your darkest fears - face to face. Rice does an amazing job keeping the story line constantly engaging and introducing a lot of supporting, but useful, characters throughout the whole story. Eventually, Charley is able to gain her own confidence back, live a life less ruled by fear, and develop real social relationships again.This book is about the human need for socialization, our ability to face the things that frighten us and hold us back from our potential, as well as some kick-butt superhero fun!
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  • Diana C
    January 1, 1970
    I truly did not know what to expect when I started this book. A serial killer mystery, no...a victim recovering from terrifying trauma? Not exactly. This novel is both those things and so much more. The characters are intricate, the reader gets to know them fully and none belong in one predictable little box. No clear saints or devils. Okay three of them are clearly devils and if you don’t pick up that vibe...well that’s just creepy or you need you’re meds seriously changed. Speaking of meds, th I truly did not know what to expect when I started this book. A serial killer mystery, no...a victim recovering from terrifying trauma? Not exactly. This novel is both those things and so much more. The characters are intricate, the reader gets to know them fully and none belong in one predictable little box. No clear saints or devils. Okay three of them are clearly devils and if you don’t pick up that vibe...well that’s just creepy or you need you’re meds seriously changed. Speaking of meds, there is a special one that is almost a character on it’s own. Christopher Rice does a wonderful job of describing our medicated lives now. In a funny, sad and fairly scary accurate manner. The elements of empowerment, paranoia, big corporations to name but a few help elevate Bone Music past the regular serial killer(s), recovering victim read. I can’t wait to read the second book of this series. Though from my pre-order it appears I will be waiting a year (seriously? a flipping year?!?!). Oh well I plan to try the previous books by this talented author. Also. I had no idea Anne Rice is his mother until I read his bio at the end. Though I did notice some of the elegance of her prose in the style of her son.
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  • cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Superb!!First I want to thank Amazon for the first reads February book offer. Thank you Amazon. I have come across many great books offered by Amazon and I am thrilled to add Bone Music (The Burning Girl Series Book 1) to that list. Bone Girl was a fantastic book. Very intriguing and thrilling. I constantly had to know what's going to happen next. What's on the other side of that door of what's lurking around the next corner. Charlotte Rowe is definitely the hero here and she makes an awesome he Superb!!First I want to thank Amazon for the first reads February book offer. Thank you Amazon. I have come across many great books offered by Amazon and I am thrilled to add Bone Music (The Burning Girl Series Book 1) to that list. Bone Girl was a fantastic book. Very intriguing and thrilling. I constantly had to know what's going to happen next. What's on the other side of that door of what's lurking around the next corner. Charlotte Rowe is definitely the hero here and she makes an awesome hero!! Our author Christopher Rice, which happens to be Anne Rice's son (PERFECTO) delivers a wonderful set of characters to this story. II give 5 stars ***** rating for this book!! If you love thrillers, mystery & science fiction all rolled into one, then you WILL love this book. I can not wait for book 2 to come out. I'm also going to start following Christopher Rice on his YouTube channel The Dinner Party Show with Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn. I loved the whole story. I love the last two sentences. "I know you're out there. And I'm coming form you.
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  • Patiscynical
    January 1, 1970
    Not what you're thinking..I wasn't really happy with the Amazon First choices this month. There was no science fiction, so I just picked something that sounded interesting. But it's not what I expected. There's an experimental drug involved. And it has a huge impact..Charlotte Rowe has endured much in her life. Her mother murdered by serial killers who raised baby Charlotte, trying to teach her to become a killer as well. Escaping the killers only to be exploited by her own father. But everythin Not what you're thinking..I wasn't really happy with the Amazon First choices this month. There was no science fiction, so I just picked something that sounded interesting. But it's not what I expected. There's an experimental drug involved. And it has a huge impact..Charlotte Rowe has endured much in her life. Her mother murdered by serial killers who raised baby Charlotte, trying to teach her to become a killer as well. Escaping the killers only to be exploited by her own father. But everything is about to change.This book really drags at first. It doesn't capture your undivided attention until around the halfway point. I nearly rated it 3 stars, but changed to 4 by the finale. Of course, it sets up for a second book, which I might even read if it is released fairly quickly.Results: I almost didn't finish this, but I'm glad I did. The themes are disturbing, but there isn't anything really graphic to be concerned about. It's good if you can stick with it for a while.
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  • Literati Literature Lovers
    January 1, 1970
    Riveting The prologue of the book is written in first person from Trina’s point of view. Trina is the daughter of a murder victim who was raised by her killers for the first seven years. The prologue was powerfully written and pulled me into the story from the first paragraph. The rest of the book is written in third person and follows the present day life of Charlotte Rowe, the woman Trina became. The book has enough twists and turns to have kept me reading long after I should have been in bed. Riveting The prologue of the book is written in first person from Trina’s point of view. Trina is the daughter of a murder victim who was raised by her killers for the first seven years. The prologue was powerfully written and pulled me into the story from the first paragraph. The rest of the book is written in third person and follows the present day life of Charlotte Rowe, the woman Trina became. The book has enough twists and turns to have kept me reading long after I should have been in bed. Every character Rice has written is well defined and their backstories propel their actions during the book. I’m not going to say I didn’t see the first betraying coming but the how and the why were another twist I really enjoyed. The multiple story lines end up merging into a killer ending. I seriously don’t know why I’ve never read Rice before but if this book is any indication of his work I will be reading a lot more by the author. I seriously can’t wait for the next book in this series.
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  • Vicki Carbone
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! When Charley Rowe, alias Burning Girl, alias Trina Pierce, is given an experimental drug by her therapist, it is allegedly to help her anxiety. It does. It also gives her strength that appears to know no bounds: a strength which is only turned on by her extreme terror. Charley decides to use her strength to confront the monsters among us. So, with the help of her new-found friend, formerly her bully, Luke, she turns her attention to the Mask Maker. When I finished this, I KNEW Christopher R Wow! When Charley Rowe, alias Burning Girl, alias Trina Pierce, is given an experimental drug by her therapist, it is allegedly to help her anxiety. It does. It also gives her strength that appears to know no bounds: a strength which is only turned on by her extreme terror. Charley decides to use her strength to confront the monsters among us. So, with the help of her new-found friend, formerly her bully, Luke, she turns her attention to the Mask Maker. When I finished this, I KNEW Christopher Rice had the makings of a great series on his hands and hoped his next one in the series would be out soon. Apparently, there is already another one available. Can't wait to find out what Charley does next...and, since I've formed an attraction with the other members of her posse -- both Luke and Marty, to say nothing of Bailey and Marty's boys, I'll be picking up Charley's next adventures sooner than later.
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  • Chloe Cuthbert
    January 1, 1970
    Best first in a series I've read since InterviewI was so excited to find this novel was one of my choices for Amazon First Reads this month! I've only been able to read Mr Rice's collaboration with his mother so far and was thrilled to get the chance to finally read one of his novels. I was not disappointed. Bone Music is a thrilling ride of beautiful, and at times humorous, storytelling, chronicling the story of a woman who was raised by serial killers, after they murdered her mother. Rice touc Best first in a series I've read since InterviewI was so excited to find this novel was one of my choices for Amazon First Reads this month! I've only been able to read Mr Rice's collaboration with his mother so far and was thrilled to get the chance to finally read one of his novels. I was not disappointed. Bone Music is a thrilling ride of beautiful, and at times humorous, storytelling, chronicling the story of a woman who was raised by serial killers, after they murdered her mother. Rice touches on every emotion in this novel, making it not only a fantastic thriller/sci-fi hit, but even throws in a touch of romance. It's all exceptionally done and a must read. Now, to patiently await the next book!
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    I am a bit unsure exactly why I couldn't fall in love with this one. Plot is very complicated and it was a stretch for me to believe so much happened to this girl leading up to the actual plot and denouement of the book. Also felt like the first 70% of the book is the set-up and only the last 30% was a page-turner for me. I did like that 30%. Not so sure I will read the next in the series. Don't think I can read through such an elaborate set-up again for such a short-lived reward. That all said, I am a bit unsure exactly why I couldn't fall in love with this one. Plot is very complicated and it was a stretch for me to believe so much happened to this girl leading up to the actual plot and denouement of the book. Also felt like the first 70% of the book is the set-up and only the last 30% was a page-turner for me. I did like that 30%. Not so sure I will read the next in the series. Don't think I can read through such an elaborate set-up again for such a short-lived reward. That all said, the ending was real; it was an actual ending and not a cliff-hanger...good for Rice on that point. The writing was technically good....just seems like nothing much happened except lots of detailed rehash of memories and character introductions for the first 70%.
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  • Kay
    January 1, 1970
    This book seems like it was ripped from the headlines and then uses that as starting point for an imaginative spin on serial killers, victimization (particularly against women), technology, and relations. Like another of today's sayings, it's complicated. However, this book is entertaining and kept me turning pages (swiping since it's actually a Kindle edition) to see what would happen next. I enjoyed the mix (and it's very much a mixture of modern elements) and the characters. I rate this at 4 This book seems like it was ripped from the headlines and then uses that as starting point for an imaginative spin on serial killers, victimization (particularly against women), technology, and relations. Like another of today's sayings, it's complicated. However, this book is entertaining and kept me turning pages (swiping since it's actually a Kindle edition) to see what would happen next. I enjoyed the mix (and it's very much a mixture of modern elements) and the characters. I rate this at 4 stars instead of 5 for although I loved the story, I couldn't get past my disbelief. Still, this is well worth reading for those that welcome something different.
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  • Debra LeMaster
    January 1, 1970
    32 random pages did not download, even though this proved disruptive and frustrating to the story line, plot was gripping and kept me reading. Very interesting and look forward to the next in series. A definite thriller and very well written. Good work by the author to keep us engaged and not derailed by missing pages, which would have provided more for this reader.. 32 random pages throughout the book did not download and I was enthralled with plot and storyline that I was engrossed to continue 32 random pages did not download, even though this proved disruptive and frustrating to the story line, plot was gripping and kept me reading. Very interesting and look forward to the next in series. A definite thriller and very well written. Good work by the author to keep us engaged and not derailed by missing pages, which would have provided more for this reader.. 32 random pages throughout the book did not download and I was enthralled with plot and storyline that I was engrossed to continue reading through frustration and disappointment of missing info on those pages. Great job by author and I look forward to reading next book in the series.
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  • Justin
    January 1, 1970
    Charlotte Rowe was abducted as a young girl by a psychotic family of killers. She managed to get rescued and tried to move forward with her life but her father sold her out for movie rights based on what she went through. After changing her name and moving to Arizona to start a new life she is duped by her therapist Dylan into taking what she thinks is a new drug to help her cope and sleep at night. The drug is not what she thought it was not is Dylan. Once again her world is turned upside down Charlotte Rowe was abducted as a young girl by a psychotic family of killers. She managed to get rescued and tried to move forward with her life but her father sold her out for movie rights based on what she went through. After changing her name and moving to Arizona to start a new life she is duped by her therapist Dylan into taking what she thinks is a new drug to help her cope and sleep at night. The drug is not what she thought it was not is Dylan. Once again her world is turned upside down. It was a very good story,lots of twists. Very entertaining and I look forward to more from Christopher Rice. Thank you for a ARC in exchange for a honest review.
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