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The Family Bones

2.95  ·  Rating Details ·  467 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
A New Home, A Loving Family, A Dark Secret

Will they stay? Will they survive? The Weavers have inherited family property in Astral, Pennsylvania, a town so small that Mrs. Weaver can find no mention of it on the Internet, save for a tiny spot on Google Earth. Hoping for a simpler, small-town existence for their young family, Steven and Tara eagerly head to Astral to see wha
softcover, 192 pages
Published October 22nd 2008 by Delvling Press
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Jan 05, 2009 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: 999-challenge
I received this book over the holidays directly from the author. First, thanks to Kimberly for sending the book my way!

Before I had a chance to pick up the book (yes, I actually finished another book first) my husband picked it up because the cover and title intrigued him. (Note: my hubby doesn't spend his spare time reading..) He picked it up with the intention of reading a few pages, and wound up reading it cover to cover over an afternoon. Then, proceeded to pressure me to hurry up and finish
Jul 13, 2013 Dyuti rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: those who annoy me
Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, let me present before you, the WORST book I’ve read in this year.

There is so little to talk about it’s achievements, that it actually pains me to say, that yes, I attempted to read this pile of steaming fresh horse-dung! The author started out thinking to write a horror story, so that’s how it begins. Cheap thrills, like faces changing into those of the devil with blood dripping – check. Creepy property passed on to the protagonist – check. Troubled past of the pr
Rowan MacBean
Sep 22, 2011 Rowan MacBean rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about this book is that it's so short it only took about three hours to read.

The characters are flat, empty, and static. The dialogue is awkward and unrealistic. The first two thirds is horror/thriller/mystery and then it suddenly takes a sharp turn and becomes the literary equivalent of a bad SyFy original movie. The POV switches back and forth between first and third person in the beginning until it's not convenient to the story to be in the main character's head, at which poin
Dec 04, 2008 Toni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This is the first of Kimberly's writing that I have read. I read it in 3 hours because the story grabbed me from the very first and would not let go until I finished. The story of The Weaver family has equal parts of Science Fiction/Mystery/ Horror Thriller without being graphic or using any bad language at all. Just as I thought that I had things figured out she would through in a twist that sent that right out of the running. I was very statisfied at how she ended the book. I would highly ...more
Kimberly Raiser
Nov 10, 2008 Kimberly Raiser rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young and older readers
This is a book that will surprise you, startle you and keep you intrigued. With twists and turns throughout the story the reader is sure to finally put the puzzle together.

The reader will believe that a true horror is about to ensue, then things change, and change...

A satisfying conclusion will be brought to all in the end.
Sarah E.
Jan 02, 2016 Sarah E. rated it did not like it
I actually didn't even finish the book. It was written horribly.
Glenda Bixler
Dec 07, 2008 Glenda Bixler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
One word to describe The Family Bones by Kimberly Raiser? Spo-o-ky! The author has the amazing ability to turn each scene into a wonderfully weird, strangely developing storyline that prompts you to keep guessing—what’s going to happen next? In a spooky kind of way! Lovely tingles and shivers!

Steven, Tara, and their two children, Sara and Charlie, have just arrived at their new home, inherited from Steven’s side of the family. When the lawyer had called him to tell him the place was his, the fir
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May 27, 2009 I Read rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I did quite enjoy this book while reading, but having reached the end and reflected on the plot, it all seems a bit far fetched and untied...also, what is the significance of the cat?! Can anyone enlighten me as it's completely lost on me!

I found the writing felt a little amature..child like maybe, without wanting to be rude. It felt like every action etc had to be noted and it came across somewhat stilted. I did however like one of the similies relating to the cobwebs and comparing them with ta
Elizabeth Horton-Newton
Apr 10, 2011 Elizabeth Horton-Newton rated it did not like it
This book was very weird. The writing was almost childlike in parts and I never developed any definite feelings about the characters. It had the potential to be a good story but the author consistently went off in bizarre directions with no real explanation. Characters appear and disappear, their behaviors are inconsistent, and generally I went from feeling sorry for them to hating them, and back again. I can't in good conscience recommend this book to anyone over twelve years of age.
Jan 15, 2009 J.C. rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads, arc
A Little Bit of Everything. Overall Good Read.

What do you get when you mix some horror, thriller, suspense, and science fiction all together? You get a well written novel that goes by the name of THE FAMILY BONES, by Kimberly Raiser. Raiser has crafted a short book that is hard to describe, and even harder without spoiling anything.

For a book with so many different elements and a variety of characters, it can sometimes be overwhelming. However, Raiser does a nice job transitioning between the op
Dennis Batchelder
Jan 06, 2009 Dennis Batchelder rated it it was amazing
confronting a supernatural past

Kimberly Raiser's "The Family Bones" tells what happens when a family confronts and tries to make sense out of a suppressed family history.

Steven and Tara are happily married with two children. When Steven inherits the family estate in the tiny town of Astral Pennsylvania, they decide to move in. Without giving too much of the story away, odd and scary things begin to happen to them when they visit the house, and they have to work with some suspicious friends, nei
Mar 04, 2011 Shelley rated it it was ok
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Apr 08, 2012 Courtney rated it did not like it
Not entirely sure how I feel about this book. The writing was not what I prefer. The formatting on e-book is horrible. There were a lot of things that seemed inconsistent. I suppose I didn't look at the genres closely enough. I was expecting a suspense horror thriller. This had those things to some degree, but readers don’t find out that it is sci-fi until way later in the book. The novel switches from the first person point of view to third. I don’t know how anyone else would feel about this, ...more
Jen Bluekissed
Feb 04, 2011 Jen Bluekissed rated it did not like it
I had a hard time finishing this book. The events in it were too random. The story has a lot of potential, but in the form it was in when I purchased it, I had a hard time connecting the dots. That may be because one of the character's names was Tara and one was Sara. That type of similiarity with a common name had me wondering which one was the mother and which one was the daughter.

I like the current cover better than the one I bought. Mine was a haunted house. This green being on the cover no
Feb 26, 2011 Katherine rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No One
At first I thought this book would be a good GHOST story and it turned out to be an ALIEN story. This book was so messed up. I liked it till the very end and then its like what the hell was the point of this whole thing. It was poorly written and that just added to the irritation not to mention how many times this damn book said okay. It held my attention cause I kept thinking this has to get better it just has to it didn't and in the end all the events just become jumbled words that left ...more
Aug 09, 2010 Linda added it
...starts of with a scary bang!

What a strange little book. I enjoyed the story, scary with a strange twist, which is my thing. But...I don't know if it was just my edition but I went a little crazy with all the inaccurate punctuation, lack of contractions (8 year old speak with contracts), and general grammatical blunders. I think if the book would have been longer, I would stopped about where it did!
Jul 30, 2012 Annie rated it it was ok
I was thrilled by the first introduction of the place and the people by the Author. It did amazed me to find what really was going on. Off course finding the answers left me with "Oh is that all!!". I even wish to write lot more good things, but I am afraid I don't hold much of words. It was a not bad read is one line I'd like to add in up here. Thank you!!
Terri Higginbotham
Apr 10, 2011 Terri Higginbotham rated it did not like it
This book was hard to get through. It seemed promising at first, but didn't deliver. The plot was erratic, the continuity left much to be desired. All in all, a dissatisfying read.
The amount of missing commas and quotation marks is too distracting. It's a shame because the story was kind of interesting. DNF at 25%
May 18, 2010 Gwendolyn rated it did not like it
It's not so much a 'didn't like it' as it is a 'it was pretty stupid.'
Mar 25, 2009 Allison rated it really liked it

Will they stay? Will they survive? The Weavers have inherited family property in Astral, Pennsylvania, a town so small that Mrs. Weaver can find no mention of it on the Internet, save for a tiny spot on Google Earth. Hoping for a simpler, small-town existence for their young family, Steven and Tara eagerly head to Astral to see what they hope will be their dream house. As they explore their potential new home, the Weavers begin to discover secret passageways, secret rooms, and long b
Jan 16, 2009 Kelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed

The Family Bones by Kimberly Raiser is a debut novel by an imaginative young author. The story follows a family that has just inherited property in a tiny little town in Pennsylvania. The Weavers can't wait to check out their new place, and are hoping for a quiet, simple small town life for themselves and their young kids. The property comes complete with the requisite weird/friendly caretaker and his oddly creepy son, along with lots of mysterious tunnels, hidden rooms and things that go bump i

Jul 12, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Steven King fans, science fiction fans.
Recommended to Michael by: Offered a book by the author.
Reading "The Family Bones" brought back memories of the extrordinary powers some of the characters had in Stephen King's "Firestarter."

Steven Weaver seems ordinary enough, inherits the family home and brings his wife, Tara, and children out to the country to see what they have.

Strange things begin to happen. The well which saw the end of a number of animals so long ago, seems to draw Tara nearer and nearer to the edge. 8 year old Charlie becomes lost in a basement and Steven finds an unexplored
Mar 07, 2009 Darbyscloset rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
Recommended to Darbyscloset by: Book Blogs
Shelves: mystery
The Family Bones
I just finished “The Family Bones” by Kimberly Raiser. This book is a fast and great read!!! My goodness, while reading this book there were times I didn’t want to turn the lights off in order to go to bed; very suspenseful, with a lot of interaction between the characters. The story is about a family that has inherited a house and grounds from the husband’s relatives. Strange, unexplainable happenings start to occur while the family is checking out the house and surrounding grou
where to start... First off, I got a few chapters in and ALMOST gave up on this one but I am actually glad I didn't. The book starts off in a first person voice, told in the story line of Stephen, but then changes to the writers point of view for all of the other characters. Stephen's POV continues into the book when the story is focused on him then it just instantly changes and the rest of the book is told as a story. This was a majority of the reason I almost gave up on it. Once I really got ...more
Marta hoelscher
Jan 26, 2009 Marta hoelscher rated it it was amazing
By Kimberly Raiser

"Will they stay? Will they survive? The Weavers have inherited family property in Astral, Pennsylvania, a town so small that Mrs. Weaver can find no mention of it on the Internet, save for a tiny spot on Google Earth. Hoping for a simpler, small-town existence for their young family, Steven and Tara eagerly head to Astral to see what they hope will be their dream house. As they explore their potential new home, the Weavers begin to discover secret passageways, secret rooms, an
Jennifer Chase
Mar 07, 2009 Jennifer Chase rated it it was amazing
Great Horror Tale – Real Page-Turner!

Steven Weaver, his wife Tara, and their two children inherit a family estate in the lovely, picturesque town of Astral, Pennsylvania. They decided that they wanted to get away from the big city and enjoy the vast acreage and freedom of living in a small rural town. Strange incidents begin happening to each member of the family almost immediately from old family secrets, an old creepy overgrown well, basements without exits, and an attic that seems to go on fo
Jun 29, 2009 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Science Fiction fans
I received this book for free through Goodreads. Although not technically from the Goodreads giveaways, the author offered a copy to folks who wanted to review her work through a posting on the 100+ book challenge.

This is an interesting book. It's an extremely quick read, a page turner that I could not put down until I was finished. I have to agree with one of the reviewers on the back of the book that the book could only have been improved by its being longer. There was quite a bit I still wan
Oct 06, 2009 Kelli rated it liked it
I have been sitting on this review for several weeks now. I almost feel like it is the type of book that needs to be read more than once, in order to understand it in it's entirety.

All in all, The Family Bones was a very quick read, and I did like it, but I found it to be a little bit confusing at times, as the plot bounces around quite a bit. The beginning of the book is really different from the ending of the book, and I actually really loved the beginning! If the book would have stayed on tha
I hate giving this book only 2 stars when I can tell how hard the author tried with the story. But there are so many things wrong with it, that I got board and the story fell terribly short. I didn't even finish it and it is not a long book. I may pick it back up again some day, but not in the near future.

From gramtical errors, to formating, to the story just being all over the place, I was struggling with it the whole time.

If I didn't see how hard the author was trying to get the story togeth
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