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Bone Deep

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  17 reviews
"Romantic and chilling - Bone Deep had me on pins and needles till the very last page!" - Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder series

Spending the summer on an archeological dig sounds like fun, and it would be, if Paige Patterson didn t have to work for her dad--the man who walked out on their family. Luckily, her best friend Emily Linton is also interning for her d
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Spencer Hill Contemporary (first published March 1st 2015)
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Always Pouting
Paige is spending the summer with her father at an archaeological dig. Paige loves archaeology but is unhappy at having to see her father and spend time with him after he left her and her mother. After Paige's parents divorce Paige grew distant from her father, blaming him for what happened and for not fighting harder for her. On the bright side though, Paige's childhood friend Emily is at the dig also and Paige has a chance to reconnect with her former best friend. Only there's something Emily ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.)

“You will fall in love, but you won’t help her and she’s going to die.”

This was a really interesting YA murder-mystery story, with a bit of archaeology thrown in.

I liked Paige in this story, and it was sad that she had had such a difficult time during her parent’s divorce. For one of her oldest friends to then go missing the way she did was really awful for her, esp
Short yet satisfying read. I loved the setting and how the stories of Native Americans were woven into a modern day tale. I felt the emotions were real in this book. Paige's turmoil over the divorce was handled in a realistic way.
Alice Reeds
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Find my review (also) on my Blog: Bettgeschichten

~ I recieved an ARC of Bone Deep from Spencer Hill Press in exchange for an honest review ~

Bone Deep is a very unique and interesting take on the YA murder-mystery genre. It features a unique setting, diverse characters with interesting backgrounds and stories to tell. And there is also some archeology thrown into the mix, too, which was very interest and something I've not encountered in YA before.
I'm a big fan of mysteries, especially murder o
Kim Waters
Rating 2.5 stars

Review also at Pinker Than Fiction Reviews.

While Bone Deep has some fascinating elements, it never quite develops into a truly engrossing mystery.

I enjoy a good mystery, so I had high hopes for Bone Deep. The summary entices and in some ways it lives up to those expectations. The insight into an archeological dig is amazing. The history is intriguing and adds a slightly sinister atmosphere to the story. In much the same way, Jalen is a great character, caught between two worlds b
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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4.5 Stars

An epic thriller set in Arizona, Bone Deep is a whirlwind novel that is hard to put down. With its plucky protagonist and unique plot, readers will find themselves immersed in this mystery. This is definitely a book that will be read in one sitting by most!

Bone Deep is an amazing mystery about the disappearance of the main character, Paige's, best friend, Emily. There are strange clues left behind that keep the characters on their toes. This book is fille
Find this review and more fantastical things at The Leaning Tower of Tomes.

More like a 3.5 rating.

Source: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for review consideration. This in no way affects my review; all opinions are my own. Thank you, Spencer Hill!

The review:

Bone Deep is an interesting and engaging thriller about the search for a missing girl. It's set in the Arizona desert with a focus on archaeology and Navajo culture. I really liked the book's unique theme

3 stars. Interesting premise, poor delivery.

“It seemed proof that fear could open doors to other worlds, that the greater the fear we produced in ourselves, the greater the power it gave us to tap into those worlds.”

Bone Deep was a mixed bag for me. It had a lot of promise, as I went into the novel thinking it was going to be dark and atmospheric. Instead, it struggled with the kind of story it wanted to tell, fluctuating between an almost paranormal kind of mystery and saccharine romance.

This book had some elements of a truly great mystery, yet others left it falling short. For instance, I guessed from early on what happened to Emily and who was responsible for it. The author tried hard to throw misdirection at us and line up possible suspects, but I wasn't fooled in the least. My main issues with this book revolved around the main character, Paige. It is one of the problems with having a teenage protagonist, teenagers are self-absorbed. The author caught the essence of a teenag ...more
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and Net Galley for providing a copy of Bone Deep for me to read in exchange for an honest review. Bone Deep was an engaging read that drew me into its pages and kept me guessing until the bitter end. Paige Patterson is struggling to come to turns with her parents bitter divorce and what she perceives as her father's abandonment and is unhappy about having to visit him at his new home in Arizona. The visit seems as though it will be unbearable until Paige connects wit ...more
Kelley Carpenter
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
**I received an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Seventeen year old Paige has not dealt well with her parent's recent divorce. When she is forced to go across country for the summer to stay with her archaeologist father, Paige is determined not to make the best of it. However a reunion with a long lost friend, and the addition of a new cute dig project co-worker Jalen, start changing her whole summer outlook. But when one of there group goes missing, Paige and Jalen have to work
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley. Thank you, Spencer Hill Press!
Knowing little about Native American culture and mythology, Bone Deep is a fascinating look at an anthropological dig in Arizona, where Paige Patterson goes spend the summer with her recently divorced dad. The descriptions of the ruins and the tombs are so detailed that you can almost feel the heat of the desert in your back. When Paige's best friend goes missing, she finds herself entangled in a mystery as deep as
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being from Arizona, this book sparked my interesting regarding the setting. And I love a good murder thriller. 17 yro Page visits her dad at an archeologist dig in Arizona. She didn't take her parent's divorce well, because she thought her dad gave up on her so there's some attitude given. She discovers her former friend Emily is working on the dig. When Emily goes missing, Page stops at nothing to find her.

Kim did a wonderful job with the setting of the archeologist dig. I learned some things I
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-teen, mystery
This was a very interesting read. The archaeological and mythological aspect of the book was fascinating. The author is really good about making the setting come alive. It was very easy to visualize what was going on in the story.
The mystery in the novel was fast-paced and the author did an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing. There was however something about the way the final action went down that felt a little off. The guilty character seemed a little over done to me.
That nitpick as
Nina Rossing
A nice read, this one. I haven't read any mystery/crime novels in a while, and this book was a good return to that genre.

I liked the Arizona setting, and the archaeology. The Native American mythology was used cleverly as an integral part of the plot.
The story was a bit slow going, so the first third could have had a slightly quicker pace to match the ending. Final third was good - filled with suspense and tension.

I received an arc of this book from Netgalley.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a so so read. I mean I knew and solved the mystery before the ending of the book. Although I didn't care for the characters the writing was good and it was a fast read for me. Plus I liked the folklore about the Native Americans that was talked about within the book. I will have a thorough review on my blog

I received Bone Deep from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome Story

This is Kim O'Brien's best book so far. Great characters, wonderful plot line and overall just a great read. If you're looking for a great beach read, this is it!
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