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The Bone Field

(The Bone Field #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,171 ratings  ·  205 reviews
From the best-selling author of Stay Alive, The Final Minute and The Witness.

When the bones of a 21-year old woman who went missing without trace in Thailand in 1990, are discovered in the grounds of an old Catholic school in Buckinghamshire, an enduring mystery takes on a whole new twist. Her boyfriend at the time, and the man who reported her missing, Henry Forbes, now a
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 12th 2017 by Century
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Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, audiobook
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Simon Kernick, and Random House UK for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Bringing his Ray Mason character back for a new round of police adventures, Simon Kernick has a recipe for success with the plot of this novel. During a holiday in 1990, a young woman's body goes missing in Thailand, never to be found. With nothing on which to go, life continues for everyone, including the seeming
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Simon Kernick novels so I was looking forward to this one which is due to be released January 2017.
This author is a great story teller, his plots are well thought out and excellently paced and are full of interesting characters.
This novel features DI Ray Mason who with the help of an old Kernick character PI Tina Boyd try to uncover the truth behind the murder of Kitty Sinn who died back in 1990. Kitty went missing in Thailand back in 1990 so it is a mystery why her bones have now turned
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

It was the writing that lost those extra stars for me this time. In particular, it really gets on my nerves when sections are finished with things like: 'which, as it turned out, was to prove a very big mistake' or 'thinking that, right now, things couldn't get much worse for me. But in that I was very, very wrong'. Having picked up a crime thriller, i'm pretty certain that shit's going to happen, and that a detective who gets himself in this much trouble is going to do it again. I do n
Louise Wilson
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The bones of a 21 year old woman who went missing in Thailand in the 1990's have been discovered in the grounds of an old Catholic school.

Henry Faust, her boyfriend who reported her missing comes forward with his lawyer and tells D.I. Ray Mason of the Met's Homicide Command that he knows what happened to kitty and who the killer was. So the hunt for the truth begins.

Another well written, page turning crime thriller from Simon Kernick.

I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone
Sean Peters
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Why haven't any of Simon Kernicks books been picked up and adapted for a film yet?

As many of my friends will know Simon Kernick is one of my favourite authors alongside Tom Wood, Mark Dawson.

Another great book, is it his best, no but not far away. So you asked why not a five star ?

One thing I can say.... I read his short story "Flytrap" just before... That is one reason....

In 1990 21 year old Kitty Sinn and her boyfriend went on a holiday to Thailand where Kitty mysteriously disappeared. Recentl
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I am not a huge fan of Simon Kernick. I have dipped in and out of his books over the years. I was intrigued to read The Bone Field, particularly because it has a setting of 1990s Thailand. I had high expectations of a cracking read.

The Bone Field really was a very average thriller. It was missing a certain something to take it from average to spectacular. It certainly ticked a few boxes of the kind of book I normally enjoy. Dark mystery, with an international flavour and tough themes. Yet it jus
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Decent enough story and I liked the relationship between DI Mason and Tina Boyd but what a crappy ending!!
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Occasionally you come across a book that is decent enough to grab your attention and is yet not that great a story.
This young girl disappeared in Thailand years ago and yet her body is dug up in England many years later. A police officer is invited to a mansion in the country on the subject of the missing girl and her odd appearance under the green soil of England. And he witnesses a execution of the man he was supposed to speak. A former friend of the Missing girl living in France gets a visit
Liz Barnsley
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Yep. Great stuff here from Mr Kernick. Great protagonists and YAY for the start of a series that I know I'm going to follow along with because really. Great stuff.

Review to follow as a 2017 ones to watch soon. Ish. I'm very behind with the review writing!

But this is recommended. Definitely.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The book never really reached the heights of The Witness that introduced Ray Mason to us. He has been reassigned and is now a humble DS and many inside the force have their doubts about him.
This series also combines the talents of Tina Boyd as a private investigator, a well known protagonist of Simon Kernick but as yet I haven’t read any of these.
This is a shocking investigation that has roots in a cold case and a modern conspiracy of abuse of women concealed in a satanist cult.
Convincing gang c
Bev Taylor
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
some crimes can take a lifetime to avenge ......

11990 and a young woman disappears while backpacking with her boyfriend in thailand. she is never seen again

nearly 3 decades later her bones r found in a field in england and within hours her boyfriend is also dead

ray mason takes on the case with tina boyd and discovers a world of corruption and deadly secrets. verging on the occult - or is it an excuse? - murder is commonplace and no-one is safe.

how many more bodies will they find and will mas
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The first half of this book is Simon Kernick at his best, with an intriguing mystery and diverse characters who you know are going to link up but you don't quite know how. In the second half however it descends into nonsense and an endless killing fest. If you didn't like Lee Child's "Make Me" because the villains were so unpleasant, I'd suggest you also give this one a miss.

And the ending - a total cliffhanger, setting up a sequel - means either I have to read more of this inanity or settle for
Sibel Hodge
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Classic Simon Kernick: Fast-paced, thrilling, and totally addictive! :) xx
Joanne Robertson
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
The one thing that you can rely on with a Simon Kernick book is that you know you're going to have an adrenaline rush of a read full of nasty villians and heros who aren't quite as squeaky clean as we would expect. I do love a bad boy detective don't you?!

DS Ray Mason, whom we met in The Witness, is called to a house by Henry Forbes and his family solicitor as Henry says he has some information about a missing girl. Kitty Sinn went missing in Thailand but Henry already knows that recent remains
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Now I don’t think Simon Kernick needs much of an introduction as I (and many others) consider him to be a household name and one of the biggest names in UK-based thriller writing. However, if you have never read a Simon Kernick novel before (…seriously? You’ve been missing out!) then all you need to know is that Simon has released a number of darn good, bestselling, high intensity thrillers over the years and continues to do so (I hope, for many years to come). He leads the way for British crime ...more
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Why haven't any of Simon Kernicks books been picked up and adapted for tv or film yet?.The bloke really knows how to write heart pounding,nail biting,action packed thrillers packed with realistic characters,loads of twists and although some of the chapters can be quite long at times not a single bit of padding,every word is necessary to the story.His books are consistently well written,gripping thrill rides and The Bone Field is no exception,it's a fast paced roller coas
Yigal Zur
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
it is an very good thriller. it has it's flaws like some charcaters which seems a bit bizarre like the dark man or even the main hero who have an amazing and a bit unbelievable childhood of a father who tried to kill him. but on the whole we can forgive all because the moral stand and issue of the writer with human traffic and sex crimes and because it is tough, full with action and pace keeping. i would cut some of the repetative explanations the cup is doing to himself and the reader but inter ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A solid four star read from a reliable author. This story has Ray Mason and Tina Boyd looking into a twenty plus year old death in Thailand which comes back to haunt the victim's former boyfriend. To be continued - the story, not the review (such as it is).
Craig Sisterson
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, british
If you need a shot of adrenaline in your reading life, then grab a Simon Kernick novel. The British thriller writer is a master when it comes to helter-skelter plotlines that quicken the pulse as the pages whir. Someone really needs to turn some of his novels into movies or TV - they seem ideal for screen adaptation: exciting plots, interesting characters, plenty of action.

THE BONE FIELD brings two of Kernick's intriguing past characters together in one book. DI Ray Mason, from THE WITNESS, has
Kerry Bridges
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
In the grounds of Medmenham College some bones have been found. DI Ray Mason receives a phone call from a middle aged businessman named Henry Forbes who claims to know the origin of the bones but, before he can tell the truth, a chain of events is set in motion sending Ray and his friend, Private Detective Tina Boyd, halfway round the globe in search of the truth.

I have read many of Simon Kernick's novels before and enjoyed them. Very much in the manner of Tony Parsons' Max Wolfe, his books are
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good crime thriller with plenty of action. Loved the main character, looking forward to reading more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Bone Field begins when Henry Forbes takes his girlfriend of a few months Kitty Sinn to Thailand on holiday in 1990.
While there the couple have a massive fight resulting in Kitty asking Mr Watanna the guesthouse owner to drive her to the coastal town of Khao Lak and that's the last anyone see's of her?
Over 25 years later DI Ray Mason receives a call asking him to meet with Henry and Maurice Reedman his solicitor as they have information that could be of interest which involves a possible murd
Nick Brett
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am a fan of the author but this is his weakest to date. An early warning, this ends on a cliff-hanger so don’t expect a tidy resolution.
It starts well with the discovery of a body in England of a girl who went missing in Thailand. DS Mason has been pointed towards the location of the body by an informant, who is then brutally murdered. As Mason investigates further he discovers links that nobody is following up on, at the same time his methods and reputation bring him to the attention of his s
David Gooch
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
What can you say about a Simon Kernick book that hasn't been said....good, well written, fast paced etc. The Bone Field is all that and a good story as well. The bones of a missing girl turn up in the UK but the girl went missing in Thailand. First mystery then. Ray Mason is investigating and he goes to see the man who reported her missing with his lawyer. Before the guy can say a lot he is killed an Mason gets out. The mystery deepens and along the ride he meets Tina Boyd, a stalwart from previ ...more
Carol Peace
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
DI Ray Mason is called to a meeting with Henry Forbes and his solicitor, he was involved with the disappearance of Kitty Sinn some 25 years ago when she vanished whilst on holiday with him. There was never any suggestion that he had killed her but he said he wanted to talk now. The meeting was interrupted by masked men and once again Ray is at the centre of an internal inquiry. He never gets to know what information Henry was about to divulge though and when Kitty's bones are dug up in England h ...more
Rachael Cochlin
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I think Simon is definitely on my favourite author list after reading this. I couldn't put it down. Something about cold cases always piques my interest so I had a feeling I would enjoy this. After reading a guest blog post by Simon I was in equal parts horrified and excited to discover that The Bone Field is just the start of the story with the remainder split over several books to come.
I was unsure how this would end and whether I would be left bereft waiting for the rest of the tale. Simon w
Andy Wormald
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have long been a fan of Simon Kernicks books and always look forward with relish to January. As usual The Bone Field does not disappoint slick fast paced.
When 2 bodies are unearthed DI Ray Mason is brought into the case, however he comes with a past and plenty of flaws. Making a vow to the parents of one of the deceased he is willing to stop at nothing to track down the killers even if that means stepping outside of the law, soon fate will lead him into the hands of an old and favourite chara
Bruce Hatton
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-crime
It's "two for the price of one" in Simon Kernick's latest thriller. Not only is this the second novel featuring Ray Mason, who was introduced to us in The Witness, but it also marks a welcome return of the author's most memorable and enduring character, Tina Boyd.
As is often the case with Mr Kernick's novels, this one begins in top gear and just accelerates further from there. The fact there are two dead bodies by the end of the first chapter should come as no surprise to the author's regular re
Catrina mccafferty
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Really enjoyed this book, it was easy to read and the characters were likable.
Kitty Sinn vanished without a trace in Thailand in 1990, so its a shock for everyone when bones found in a school ground turn out to be hers. The man she was with at the time of her disappearance contacts DI Ray Mason claiming he knows what happened.
Although I feel slightly miffed by the ending (Im hoping there will be a follow up) I thourghly enjoyed reading this.
David Stimpson
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simon has done it again

This confirms (if there was any Doubt) that Simon Kernick is my favorite Author.. Once again a story that is Fast paced and adrenaline fueled. Oh and Tina Boyd ..Brilliant
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Simon Kernick (born 1966 in Slough, Berkshire) is a British thriller/crime writer now living in Oxfordshire with his wife and two daughters. He attended Gillotts School, a comprehensive in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Whilst he was a student his jobs included fruitpicker and Christmas-tree uprooter. He graduated from Brighton Polytechnic in 1991 with a degree in humanities. Kernick had a passion ...more

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