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Bone by Bone

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  2,455 Ratings  ·  349 Reviews
In the northern Californian town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh. Twenty years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army Criminal Investigations Department, returns home after many years, he is confronted on his first morning back with ...more
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BONE BY BONE (Psy Mys-Oren Hobbs-No. Calif-Cont) - Ex
O’Connell, Carol – Standalone
Putnam, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780399155147

First Sentence: A batty old man of the cloth had once described the Hobbs boy as a joke of god’s: an archangel of the warrior cast and a beacon for women with carnal intentions.

Almost 20 years ago, 17-year-old Oren Hobbs and his younger brother Josh, went into the woods. Oren came home but Josh was never found. Told that his father is dying by the housekeeper who has
Doug Beatty
Jun 26, 2009 Doug Beatty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Oren Hobbs returns home after years in the army. He discovers his father is being terrorized by someone who is leaving human bones on the front porch of the family home. As Oren's brother Josh had disappeared years earlier, Oren is convinced that these bones are Josh, finally returning home. Oren quickly notices that the collected bones do not match, indicating that there is more than one skeleton out there. O'Connell creates some really creepy characters in the small town, all harboring a myria ...more
Almost 1/3 of the way through & this just isn't working for me. None of the characters or their motivations made any sense. Maybe they would clear up eventually, but the wording feels forced too often. It's as if he finds a favorite phrase which is a cylinder & hammers it into a square hole. It goes in, but it's not a great fit. The narrator was pretty good most of the time, but when he tried to change character voices, some guys came out squeaking like Minnie Mouse. Unpleasant.

I have t
Oct 03, 2016 Licinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-2016
Com uma escrita fluída, sem descrições longas e aborrecidas, sem pontos mortos e sempre muito apelativa torna-se uma leitura agradável e sempre interessante .
A autora leva-nos pela cidade de Coventry , recheada de personagens, os habitantes, que bem poderiam ser reais de tão normais que são. É uma leitura em que se vai a uma velocidade calma, assim com os habitantes de Coventry conduzem pela cidade, mas cheia de mistérios que cada personagem tem os seus segredos, os seus lados obscuros...todos
Glenda Bixler
Dec 20, 2008 Glenda Bixler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
Bone to Bone
By Carol O’Connell
Penguin Group
340 Pages

When I selected Bone to Bone by Carol O’Connell, I was expecting a forensics-based mystery. But I’d just read The Family Bones by Kimberly Raiser and was surprised by its storyline; so I was not ”too” surprised when O’Connell’s book turned out to be a “whodunit.” A fantastic one, to say the least!

O’Connell has so many relevant clues thrown into the story that you just begin to think you know who did the deed...and then she proceeds to build up
May 02, 2009 Caitlin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I really like Carol O'Connell's Mallory series of books & enjoyed her other stand-alone book, Judas Child, so I picked this one up with anticipation. I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as her others.

This is a gothic confection of a tale about two brothers who go into the woods with only one returning & what happens 20 years later when Oren, the surviving brother returns home to find that his missing brother is returning home - bone by bone.

The opening chapters and setup are grea
Oct 26, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Josh and Oren Hobbs went into the woods one day when they were teenagers. Oren came out. Josh was never seen again.

Oren, seventeen at the time, is sent to boarding school and then he enlisted in the Army for twenty years. He was one of the most highly regarded CID officers in the Army. Now he has resigned from the military and he has returned to Coventry, CA, his hometown, for the first time since the summer Josh disappeared.

Raised by their widowed father, the real force in their lives was Hanna
I keep having this strange problem with sharks.

See, sharks are kind of awesome, at least in the abstract. It's really cool that they're these huge predators that swim around eating people and seals and generally being all badass and having movies made about them, but think about this: the average adult female great white is 14 feet long.

Now, stop right there and take a moment with me. You're what, six feet tall? I'm closer to five, and a Vanagon is seven feet long.

In other words, the average f
Lynn Pribus
Feb 11, 2010 Lynn Pribus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book in a hurry on a cross-country flight to visit my sister. She is in a mystery book club and we met yesterday for lunch and discussion. I enjoyed the book.

Not sure how this writer has stayed under my radar -- she is very polished, creating interesting characters. This is a stand-alone novel, she also has a series female protagonist and I will seek her out when I get home.

Jan 15, 2013 Hmmm. I have absolutely NO memory of this book at all which is strange. I wonder if I read something
Jun 14, 2011 Helen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 08, 2009 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Um no. More like badly written romance than crime or mystery. Pass, thanks.
Emily Yonke
Sep 15, 2014 Emily Yonke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this mystery. It was full of suspense and I liked how I kept guessing on what was going to happen next. Everything in this book was drama about investigating bones that appeared on the front porch of the Judge’s house.

The main events in this book were pretty spread out but also had little events in between those. The first main event that happened was when Oren Hobbs returned home from his Military position as an investigator of bones finding out that his brother that
Já tinha lido à uns anos atrás um outro livro desta autora - "O Oráculo de Mallory" - e já conhecia este estilo enganador e perspicaz de escrita que parece lento e com um desenvolvimento gradual mas que a páginas tantas nos vemos enredados na história de tal maneira que nos vemos confrontados com montes de dúvidas e perguntas que precisam de resposta. Este livro não é excepção, e além disso tem um ritmo mais rápido que o anterior que li.

O que me seduziu neste livro foi a sensação sempre presente
Nov 29, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bone by Bone is a book that will bring the reader an intriguing mystery, a lot of suspense and wonderful, eccentric characters that actually seem to come alive in the pages of the book. The author makes you want to walk the streets of the town and see each character for yourself.

Years ago, Oren Hobbs and his little brother Josh ventured into the woods. Oren returned but Josh was never found. Now Oren has returned to his hometown of Coventry. Letters from Hannah Rice, the housekeeper who raised h
Bonnie Morse
It's rare that I read a mystery, and even more rare that I like it. This book isn't quite a unicorn--it took about 50 pages to really get into the story and start caring about the characters--but it's pretty special. There are almost too many characters, we seem to know every person in the small town of Coventry, and even now I don't quite have them all straight. But once we got acquainted, as soon as it started to matter that Josh was a sweet little boy, that his brother Oren's life effectively ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I really liked this book... the characters are so real you feel like you know them ... especially Hannah
The town is full of eccentric and quirky people ... and a mystery. Many years ago a boy named Josh went missing and was never found. His older brother, Oren, was sent away shortly thereafter. Oren joined the service and became an Army Criminal Investigator. Their dad is Judge Hobbs - currently
retired. Hannah is the housekeeper who is not only intuitive but somewhat of an enigma herself.
The st
Dec 19, 2010 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Despite the fact that I don't typically read mystery/detective novels, Carol O'Connell is one of my favorite authors. Bone by Bone was last on my list of O'Connell books to read, and I was surprised to find it was not up to par with the rest of her works. It reads like an author's first attempt at a novel though it was published well into O'Connell's writing career.

The beginning of Bone by Bone was rushed. All the major characters (and there are quite a few) are introduced in the first few chap
Jun 26, 2010 Sunni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Oh my gosh...she has done it again! This is a mystery-lover's delight. She drops little clues (bones) contantly as you try to piece together the full picture of this complex murder and its surrounding mysteries. I am so sorry to see this book end! I am also delighted that she has been able to rebound from the Mallory series. Her first mystery ("Judas Child") still haunts me...then she did the fabulous Mallory series. But she was probably pushed (by fans and publishers) beyond where she intended ...more
Ginger Hallett
Mar 19, 2013 Ginger Hallett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this audiobook, read so well by Benjamin Harris, to listen to via my mp3 player while I walked and found it to be very suspenseful, a real page turner. The eleven-plus hours went by quickly. Instead of pacing myself to listen to it during 11 walking sessions, as planned, I found myself listening to the entire audiobook in my armchair in three sessions, after having a problem with my mp3 player early on and sitting down to try the audiobook in my laptop, where it played perfectly. I ...more
Jul 06, 2009 Antonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I put off purchasing this book for a long time. I love Carol O'Connell and am addicted to her Mallory series- I wish she published more frequently. Was initially disappointed that this was not a new Mallory book but an so glad I broke down and got it. The author does such a great job of showing us how intentions and feelings influence communincations between the characters. The most positive motives often create terrible outcomes. The story centers around a murder 20 years in the past. And while ...more
This was a great read. Brilliantly paced and I just couldn't put it down. Mystery after mystery with not a superfluous word anywhere. Atmospheric with out being ploddy, mysterious without being tedious. Just fantastic..highly recommended. The last page of the edition that I had out of the library had had some manual editing by some previous reader carefully crossing out "hung" and writing "hanged"...that so annoyed me that I felt a bit cheated right at the very end.... but that had absolutely no ...more
Mar 10, 2009 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like other reviews has said, in the middle you start to get ansty with the slow pace of information being doled out. I liked that there were lots of possible motives, but none of them (including the real one) was fleshed out enough. Despite the shallow story lines, the book was too long. In places, it reminded me of older books when psychology was just becoming understood and characters did all kinds of things that were chalked up to traumatic events in their lives, which caused them to go crazy ...more
Jan 05, 2014 Jeanean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. I first read Judas Child by O'Connell and was very impressed with her writing. I ran out and found two more of her novels, Mallory stories and was really disappointed. I thought two to one, JC must have been a fluke. Wow was I wrong. I had forgotten about the author until my hubby brought Bone by Bone home. Despite my misgivings, I picked it up and couldn't put it down. Once again, fine story crafting. Suspenseful yet surprisingly complex characters. Small town, illicit affairs, murd ...more
Jan 06, 2009 Dorie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Disappointing to me. O'Connell's usual high quality of storytelling took a hit with this book. She seems to have written it just to write about a bunch of quirky characters in a quirky small town. It makes me wonder if O'Connell has ever even visited a small town before. Does she honestly think places like this exist? And the characters don't act like any rational human beings I've ever encountered. There is some entertainment value in the sheer carnival-type atmosphere she's created.
Amanda J
Apr 27, 2010 Amanda J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda J by: Bookshelf Bitches Members Choice May 2010
The awkward prose forced me to have to re-read whole sections - something I rarely do. The book suffered a slow start and while it did pick up toward the end, it wasn't enough to make up for the cumbersome first-half. Unrealistic characters with even more unrealistic motivations coupled with the poor writing style means this one is better left on the shelf.

Feb 22, 2011 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the storyline in this book. I was interested in all of the characters and what was going to happen next. I was disappointed by the ending, which is why I didn't give this book four stars. It was like being excited by a birthday present, only to find the box is empty.
May 17, 2009 Meredith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked it up yesterday afternoon and couldn't put it down until it was finished. I was impressed by the layering of characters and situations. It was definitely more complex than I imagined it would be, and I really enjoyed it.
May 01, 2010 Kaethe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good stand-alone mystery. Small town, very rich and very poor folks, everyone has a past and a motive, and there's a lot to wade through to solve the 20-year-old crime. Totally satisfying in every way from the unvoiced crush to the marvelous Hannah, my favorite character.
Jan 05, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time reading this author. Enjoyed the book. Liked the portrayal of the characters. And didn't figure it out ahead of time - which makes for a good mystery!!
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Born in 1947, Carol O'Connell studied at the California Institute or Arts/Chouinard and the Arizona State University. She lives in New York City.

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