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The Bone House by Brian Freeman
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Apr 16, 2012

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We may live in a society that prides itself on a justice system that believes in the ideal of "innocent until proven guilty", but real life doesn't always work that way. For most people, the truth is "guilty until proven guilty, again". Such is the case of Mark Bradley, the character in Brian Freeman's latest thriller "The Bone House". It was only a year ago that Bradley lost his teaching job and good reputation in the community after allegations of sexual misconduct with one of his students, Tresa Fischer, arose. Bradley insisted that he was innocent, and even Tresa herself claimed that nothing actually happened. Their protestations of innocence fell on deaf ears in the small Wisconsin town. The only person that believes Bradley is his devoted wife, Hilary. Unfortunately, the situation becomes worse when, on a school trip to Florida, another young girl from the same town is found murdered. The victim is Glory Fischer, Tresa's sister. Immediately, fingers point to Mark. Homicide detective Cab Bolton isn't sure who to believe, so he travels to Wisconsin to conduct an investigation. He soon discovers, though, that prominent figures in the town don't want him investigating too deeply. As fans of Freeman know, small towns have many dark secrets, and everyone has hidden motives. As he did so deftly in his Jonathon Stride/Serena Dial mysteries, Freeman creates an equally engaging mystery in "The Bone House", his first stand-alone novel. Freeman's strong character development, excellent use of atmosphere, and liberal dropping of red herrings and plot twists to keep one guessing until the very end makes this a fun, riveting suspense thriller.

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