Bone Chiller
Graham McNamee
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Bone Chiller

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  1,242 ratings  ·  238 reviews
Four high school students face off against a soul-stealing beast that has been making young people disappear their small Ontario, Canada, town for centuries.
294 pages
Published (first published September 9th 2008)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Bonechiller was a quick, but satisfying read. Our protagonist is a young man who is still dealing with the death of his mother from brain cancer. He was very close to her, and her death has sent him and his father on the run, from place to place, to escape the grief of her passing. Lately they have landed in an small town in Canada, in the deep of arctic winter. He befriends fellow travelers, military brats, Pike, Howie, and Ash. Pike and Howie are two brothers named after weapons (Howie being s...more
Jane Stewart
It kept my interest.

I really liked Acceleration by this author so I wanted to try another of his books and bought this. It was not as good. But I think teenagers will like it better than I. It’s about a group of teenagers in Canada. Two boys get bit by a demon and their bodies start changing. Their friends help.

The best part was the personality Ash. She competed in female boxing matches. She and Danny are on the way to becoming a couple - not there yet. She says things like lets race, if you win...more
Review by Jake Kirk

Bonechiller is freaky... in an awesome way. The book is much like a horror movie but avoids all of the cliches.

Our protagonist, Danny, is a regular guy with a troubled past. His father keeps moving him from town to town attempting to escape their nightmare by moving further away from society.

One night, while walking home he's assaulted by a hideous beast that "stings" him, but then leaves him for no reason. He soon finds out that his situation is more dangerous and the stakes...more
This is a weak 3 stars, could be given a two, but I did just like it so I'm giving it a three. The characters are interesting and the story is definitely scary, but for some reason it didn't really grab me, didn't want me to keep reading to find out what happens. I didn't get that feeling of not being able to put it down, which was missing.
The reason I didn't love it is that the killing creature isn't ever really identified, what it is, does it capture the souls of the teenagers it takes or are...more
Terrifically creepy! McNamee's chilling tale of the mysterious icy monster grabbed me from the first page. The ancient Bonechiller has stalked the little town of Harvest Cove for centuries and now it is after Danny and his friend Howie but who will believe them? The vast Canadian wilderness is almost a character here and the cold came right out of the pages as I read. This a wild ride, literally, with snowmobile chases, cracking ice, massive explosions and four great teen characters, including a...more
Myra Khan
Danny and his father live in Harvest Cove, Canada- otherwise known as the-ghost-town-located-in-the-middle-of-nowhere. The winters in Harvest Cove are brutal, leaving Danny and his friends with little to do in terms of recreation apart from drive around aimlessly and get home before dark. And it's imperative that they get home before dark...because dark is when something much more sinister comes out to play.

It is difficult to review this book without giving too much away. I wasn't entirely sure...more
Feb 20, 2009 Lucy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of E.E. Richardson's Devil's Footsteps, teen horror novels
Danny and his father have been running since his mother died. They're running from memories, from connecting too hard with people. Danny's been in three schools in two years when they settle in to spend the winter in the tiny Canadian town of Haven Cove.

But Haven Cove is hiding more than just snow and ice. There's a terrible beast stalking the town, a beast that has been devouring Haven Cove's youth for as long as history can remember. Now, it's marked Danny and his friends as its next victims....more
Mar 12, 2009 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: YALSA listserv
I heard about this book on a YALSA listserv discussion of scary YA books. When I read that this book might involve some kind of wendigo-type monster, that was enough to convince me (I like werewolves... although this was not a werewolf).

I was a bit concerned when the monster showed up in the few chapters. Usually I expect a horror novel to hold off on revealing the monster until the end (fear of the unknown). But the unknown here was what happened to the main character, Danny, and his friend How...more
A strong 7.5/10 on the Peach-worthiness scale. I didn't enjoy it as much as I think teens will. Similar to Acceleration, which won the Peach Award a couple of years back, this book has a lot to draw teen boys. I can see it doing well with the Cirque du Freak fans, many of whom started off as reluctant readers. This story is the sort that might keep them looking for the kinds of books that speak to them. Loads of action and a monster/mutant in this one instead of a serial killer. Still with plent...more
In my book Bonechiller, by Graham McNamee, there was a boy named Danny. He was the main character. He was a small town boy along with three of his best friends Ash, the girl that he was practically in love with. Maniac Pike is a boy that will do anything that would creep any normal person out, and Howie is the brains of all four.

In Canada on a wintery night Danny was out alone, on his way home. He caught the suspension that something was following him. So he began to run home. The beast that w...more
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I read this book in an effort to read more "boy books." There is a reason I don't read many "boy books"--I just don't like them. They are not for me. This book was not my type of book either. I just wasn't interested in it. I couldn't get a clear picture in my head of what the "monster" looked like, so I had a hard time caring. Also, monster books just aren't my thing. I like a bad guy that's intelligent and twisted. Not just a big hulking thing that tries to eat you.

That being said, I'm sure th...more
This is one of those rare books that I picked up having really no clue as to what it was about. How did it make it to my library checkout pile? I was intrigued by the cover. I wasn't disappointed. Bonechiller is a thrilling, suspenseful read about a boy who struggles to save himself from a seeming inevitable fate. The writing style flows very well and the characters are appealing. Throw in a bit of fantasy and horror, and you've got a book that will keep you turning pages late into the night. I'...more
Danny and his father have been moving almost every year since Danny's Mom died. Now they are in Canada, in a cold forgotten town, but Danny is making good friends here. Young people start to disappear and Danny is targeted but gets away. The love of brothers, the loyalty of friends and the beginnings of new love help pull together a crew that is a real match for the enemy that lurks in the ice cave.
Devon Bassett
this book is a good book to read if you havent read anything in a while you get caught up in side stories that may distract you from whats actually happening. The story is full of suspense and mystery.So if you want to read a good book its right here.
Sam Whitehouse
A fast-paced, entertaining YA horror that offers plenty of action, mystery and tension. I kept expecting a twist to come, but the ending was a little disappointing. The first person, present tense narration kept things moving at a constant breathless pace-- both a good and a bad thing. On one hand i like fast pace, but the story felt rushed. Some deeper mythology and a twist would have got this book a four star rating. As it is, it's three stars. If you're looking for a atmospheric, action horro...more
Cheryl Clark
Danny and his father are fleeing the memory of his Danny's mother, who died recently after a bout with cancer. They move from place to place and find themselves in the far North of Canada in a tiny town that is frozen over most of the year. Danny is tired of moving from town to town and has made friends in the town of Harvest Cove, and he's even found a cool girl he really likes named Ash. One night after his crazy friend Pike burns down a child molester's house and shop, Danny is walking home b...more
2.5 Stars

I'm pretty sure I had this book on my Amazon wish list for a while, stoked to read it!
When I finally managed to pick it up, it was less than what I'd thought it would be.
Waaaay less.


I'm pretty sure there were more things I disliked about this book than things I liked. Reading this book almost a year ago I can still point out some things.


I liked Ash. She was essentially Danny's, the protagonist, love interest but she was tough girl. She was into boxing and she never let anyone fuc...more
Graham McNamee is the author of the twisted novel, Bonechiller. Bonechiller is a fictional thriller that will leave your hairs standing on end. Graham McNamee has produced four other novels, these are: Acceleration, Nothing Wrong With A Three Legged Dog, Sparks and Hate You. Hate You was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA Quick Pick. Hate You also won the Austrian Children's Book Award, and was nominated for the Governor General's Award. Sparks won the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer...more
I was really suprised with how much I really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down.
Set in middle-of-nowhere Canada, known as Harvest Cove, newbie resident Danny (Quinn?) and his new army-base friends Ash, Pike and Howie run around doing random fun stuff. Oh yeah, and Danny hits on tomboy Ash the whole time...Anyway, one night Danny is mysteriously attacked by some creepy beast of some sort, leaving nothing but a small, insignificant mark on his hand. But later, nightmares and creepy halluci...more
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"Harvest Cove, conocido popularmente como Ninguna Parte, es un pueblo perdido en Alaska, soportable en verano pero muy poco acogedor en los largos inviernos. Allí han ido a parar Danny y su padre, y dentro de lo que cabe se han adaptado bien. Danny tiene una pandilla de amigos, todos ellos hijos de militares, que viven en el cuartel del ejército que hay en el pueblo. Están Pike y Howie, dos hermanos muy diferentes, y también, cómo no, Ash, la chica "dura" de sangre india. Pero Harvest Cove, con...more
Brandi Rae
I don’t scare easily; I enjoy everything about zombies, monsters and other things that go bump in the night. I find very few things scary (except, perhaps the movie The Descent). So imagine my surprise when I realized that while reading Graham Mcnamee’s new book, Bonechiller, I was holding my breath a bit, every so often glancing up wide eyed and stealthily checking out my very quiet house.

Bonechiller takes place in the far north of Canada, in the sparsely populated town of Harvest Cove, where...more
Sammi Rideout
This story is about this boy named Danny who's mom died when he was little. One night when he was in bed asleep he felt his head being tugged on. He woke up and could not move and could barely breathe. At first he thought it was a dream and then he realized that he was awake. He saw a dark shadow and thought there was a stranger in his house. He told his best friend Ash what happened, they were both worried. The next night it happened again. Night after night the same thing kept happening. He re...more
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Bonechiller is a young adult novel filled with suspense, mystery and horror. Graham McNamee offers the reader no shortage of chills and thrills in this novel set in Ontario during the bleakest winter in years. Danny and his widowed father move from one small town to another in attempts to escape the painful memories of a once whole family. As the temperature drops, strange things begin happening in the sleepy town of Harvest Cove as an ancient mystery begins to unfold. When Danny is attacked by...more
Chris Murray
Danny and his dad have moved to Harvest Cove Ontaior after the death of Danny’s mother. Danny has made some friends at his new high school, brothers Pike and Howie, and Ash, a Native-American tough girl and amateur boxer. One night, Danny is chased by a huge white monster that stings him instead of killing him, leaving a small blue dot at the location of the sting. Not sure that what he experienced was real, Danny keeps this to himself, but begins experiencing physical changes and nightm...more
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May 01, 2012 707nick is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade-reads
I thought the book Bonechiller by Graham McNamee was a good book. It's a story is about a boy named Danny who's mom died when he was little. One night when he was in bed asleep he felt his head being tugged on. He woke up and could not move and could barely breathe. At first he thought it was a dream and then he realized that he was awake. He saw a dark shadow and thought there was a stranger in his house. He told his best friend Ash what happened, they were both worried. The next night it happ...more
Kelly Z!(:
Bonechiller. The title explains it all. The story leaves you striving for more, you'll never want to put the book down! This book has some very crazy, intense, sad and scary parts to it! It is very cryptic also.
The things I liked about this book was just how creepy it was. There was so much foreshadowing and crazy mystery going on in this book! I absolutely loved the series of events leading up to the crazy ending! I also loved how much research they did on this crazy animal- type thing! This...more
I've read a lot of books with the setting in Canada this summer. Makes me go, "Umm?" I lived in Canada for a period in my life. I was suppose to take a trip to visit the summer I had cancer surgery so, my trip was to the surgeon. Anyway, this is about a young boy who is struggling with the death of his mother from cancer and moving a lot with his dad. Danny's dad takes a job as caretaker at a marina on the shore of a vast, frozen lake in Harvest Cove, Canada. The middle of nowhere. Danny makes f...more
When Danny's dad gets a job at a marina in Canada, Danny quickly befriends some native children, who live on the army base. Ash, Howie, and Pike all go to the same school as Danny. The same school in which Ray Dison was taken out of for being insane. After school, as Danny was walking home alone, he saw a flash of white just to his right, in the ditch. The man-like creature tackled him, and stung him on Danny's hand with his stinger, extruding from his tongue. Danny starts to experience hot flas...more
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Graham McNamee. Male. Caucasian. 5'10". Brown hair. Brown eyes. Do not approach. Extremely shy.

Author of: HATE YOU, NOTHING WRONG WITH A THREE-LEGGED DOG, SPARKS, and ACCELERATION. HATE YOU was an ALA Best Book for young Adults and an ALA Quick Pick, won the Austrian Children's Book Award, and was nominated for the Governor General's Award. SPARKS won the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellows...more
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