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Bone Music

(Burning Girl #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  16,691 ratings  ·  1,179 reviews
There’s more than one way to stoke the flames of revenge…

Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew—a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image. If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued. Instead, her real father exploited her tabloid-ready story fo
Kindle Edition, 455 pages
Published March 1st 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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Lolita Mcmillan I read both Firestarter and Bone Music. I enjoyed both of them. In my opinion they are both great books, I don't think Bone Music was based on Mr. Kin…moreI read both Firestarter and Bone Music. I enjoyed both of them. In my opinion they are both great books, I don't think Bone Music was based on Mr. King's book. Charlotte, in Bone Music is a wonderful character. She took what life threw at her and dealt with it. I like a strong woman character. This book kept my attention from the first page to the end. I will be reading more from Christopher Rice.(less)
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There are several sub-plots, and changes in POV.
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I thought so.
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There are several sub-plots, and changes in POV.
It is the first in the series, but I thought it works well as a standalone.(less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Sam (Clues and Reviews)
"They didn't plan to kill my mother. She wasn't like the other women, the ones they stalked and captured. The ones who came to in a cold root cellar miles from where they'd been abducted, hog-tied and disoriented, their faces pressed to the dirt floor."

What an opening, right? After a long and fruitless reading slump, I was beginning to think that maybe my love of thrillers had dissipated. The domestic, trendy, psychological thrillers just haven't been doing it for me lately; I was in desperate n
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
4.5 this book so surprised me stars

Walking into my local library, I spotted this book on a shelf for new arrivals. Looks interesting I thought, but really another thriller? This one looked different because it was not only a thriller but also had a sci fi mention in its book cover blurb. So, I picked it up thinking I'll probably read a bit and set it down. I was totally wrong.

This book provided many hours of the "I just could not put it down" minutes. It was fascinating how the author wove a sto
EPIC—Literally the first word that comes to mind after finishing up Christopher Rice's masterpiece, Bone Music . Charlotte doesn't have the cookie-cutter life that many would be able to relate to. When she was seven years old, her parents were arrested after they were discovered to be a pair of serial killers, who in fact murdered Charlotte's birth mother. Charlotte's "parents tried to mold her into their prodigy with little success. Once she was rescued, Charlotte was reunited with her biolo ...more
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
Me this entire book:

Hi, my name is Hayley and I’m obsessed with murder, especially serial killers. I listen to a murder podcast while I eat breakfast. It’s my thing. I also love super powers. SO yay for a book that combines the two!

Except this book SUCKED! My god, it took me almost a month to finish this. I seriously dreaded listening to it every morning, it was so bad. One day my roommate walked in and asked why I was listening to a telephone operator. So, yeah, in case you are wondering the na
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
When the serial killer team of Daniel and Abigail Banning stumble upon their next victim, a woman in need of car assistance on the side of the road, they did not expect to abduct and raise her child named Trina Pierce. Years later, the Banning are detained for their horrific acts and Trina is returned to her biological father who takes advantage of what he knew would be a story the media just could not get enough of. Trina, feed up with her father using the psychological tragedy of her childhood ...more
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
"They didn't plan to kill my mother."

First line, first page. Instantly hooked. Serial killers who can't bring themselves to kill a baby and raise her as their own. Until they're caught seven years later and she's returned to her birth father... who exploits her story for fame and money. So she changes her name, finds a new place to live off the grid... trying desperately to put this all behind her. But someone just won't let her!

I absolutely fell in love with this book. Christopher Rice writes w
Janelle Janson
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m so thankful to Little Bird Publicity, Thomas & Mercer, and Amazon Publishing for providing my free copy of BONE MUSIC by Christopher Rice - all opinions are my own.

“All she feels is the bone music and the sense that she has become not darkness but a great fire, bringing a sudden, blazing end to it.”

This book literally grabbed my attention from the very first sentence and just kept hold of me the entire time I was reading it! It’s one outstanding thriller and Rice is one hell of a writer!

Francesca ❆
Apr 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Buddy read (well, sort of) with Tweedledee

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If I could I would give this -5 stars but alas, let’s go for 1 star.

*looks up string of angry GIFs*

Also...the mood of the whole BR:

Me: I want to buy a physical copy of this book so I can set it on fire.

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First of all, shame on you book for making me waste 10 days trying to get through you.

But let’s talk about what really sucked about this, shall we?
There's more than one way to stoke the fires of revenge. Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew. A pair of serial killers. After her rescue her father sold her story to make money with a horror movie franchise. As an adult Charlotte has gone to extensive lengths to keep herself safe.

This book weaves a tale that turns the table on the female victim trope. The theme of control and manipulation of "Burning Girl" are handled well. But there i
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything in it that I love. The characters stick with you. The atmosphere is amazing. The writing is fantastic. I absolutely can recommend this book.
This is an intense, fast-paced thriller that I really enjoyed! It follows this girl named Charolette Rowe, who gets kidnapped as a baby. These serial killers murder her mother, and then they can't bring themselves to kill her too, so they raise her as one of their own. She is raised by these two serial killers until she is seven years old; when they are finally caught and she is sent home to her real father. Her Father decides to sell her story to the media and she gets labeled as the "Burning G ...more
Bill Kupersmith
Mar 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 26%. I like kick-ass chicks but not chemically enhanced.. As for the male lead - “But he’s a bigger fan of actually getting to know a woman, and relieving himself with porn until the time’s right to hop into bed with her” - I’m old-fashioned, but not my notion of a romantic hero. The flat present tense prose is terribly monotonous too.
Bone Music is just what the doctor ordered after a reading slump was threatening to develop - this book isn't perfect, but it's really good, entertaining, and (most importantly) I couldn't stop reading until I finished.

Charley Rowe, kidnap and trauma survivor, was an incredibly appealing protagonist. She's smart, believable, and not afraid to be direct without ever turning into the kind of blunt that usually describes itself as "not afraid to speak my mind" (um, no, you're probably just rude). A
Terri Wino
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2018
Really enjoyed this one -- even more than I expected to. The description sounded interesting and, for once, the actual story delivered!
Charley is a strong, likeable character that you quickly form an attachment to, and her circle of friends are just as interesting.
While the actual premise of this book is a little out there, I enjoy that kind of book as long as it's well-written, and this one definitely is. I should say this is my first foray into Christopher Rice's work and this book reminded m
The Cats’ Mother
Bone Music is the start of the Burning Girl series, which I bought because I have an ARC of book three, Blood Victory, which comes out next month, and I can’t bear to read series out of order. I had assumed it was a trilogy but the blurb for that one doesn’t indicate it’s the end so happily it seems I have a new longer series to look forward to. I like genre mash-ups, and this crosses vigilante action thriller with a dose of light sci-fi/superhero to produce a character reminiscent of Marvel’s J ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nook
Bone music 3.5⭐️
Bone music was dark and mysterious and i loved it.
She had something horrible happen. Most times when people go through a tragedy they try to push that memory down so far thats it barely stingsthe surface.
She wasnt that lucky. In fact she was entirely unlucky. And in my opinion, unloved.
Her father wrote books about her disaster and put a twist on them to make them sell. The he made it even more dark and monsterous. The books turned to movies as so many do and her hell kept grow
Bone Music was a pretty interesting audio book. I feel like I zoomed through half of the book yesterday and then the rest of it today. Well, that's because I did. I actually started the audio kind of late then I went to sleep (yes I sleep people) and started it as soon as I got to work. It definitely made work more tolerable.

Charlotte, also known as Charlie, was so freaking lovable. I instantly liked her character and thought she was a super bad ass. She also had super strength and shit when she
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I suspected Christopher Rice was a successful author riding on his mother's (Anne Rice) coattails, but this turned out to be a first rate thriller, and I apologize to him for my unworthy expectations! ...more
Kathy Davie
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First in The Burning Girl sci-fi thriller series and revolving around Charlotte Rowe, as she’s known now.

My Take
A story narrative that uses in medias res with that confusing interview to pull you in and then goes backwards and forwards, using lots of flashbacks and incorporating the angel-devil inner conflict, mostly with Charlotte and somewhat with Luke.

It’s a common enough sub-theme, that family is what you make it, not just blood. You can’t help but laugh and cry at the same time at the start
Gare Billings
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Growing up, I was always a fan of reading. Always. A book or two here or there, sometimes more in the summer, sometimes more in the winter. But, I always read. Then came a moment in my freshman year of high school where I stumbled upon A DENSITY OF SOULS by Christopher Rice. Mind you, I do not remember how I found this novel, where I bought it, or how I had even heard of it. What I do remember vividly is every moment after I opened the novel. I remember bringing it with me everywhere, sneaking i ...more
Russell J. Sanders
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s been ages since I’ve read a 450 page book in three days. And I would have read Christopher Rice’s Bone Music much quicker if eye fatigue and life hadn’t gotten in the way. Rice, one of my favorite authors, has created a compelling tale, that of Charlotte Rowe, a young woman coping with the fact that the first seven years of her life were spent with serial killers. Charlotte is trying desperately to put her life back together in her adulthood when she becomes manipulated. And that manipulati ...more
Darcia Helle
The magic of a story, for me, begins and ends with characters. Whatever the plot is, however intricate and compelling it might be, I first have to believe the characters and I have to feel the emotions. I had that connection here, immediately. Charlotte is a riveting main character. No character feels minor. I got to know them all, to varying degrees, and they all came alive on the pages.

The writing drops us right in the midst of Charlotte's life. Rice strikes that perfect balance between provid
Pam Nelson
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a HUGE leap outside my comforts zone, but I LOVED it!
I love how fast pasted it was, how invested I got in the character. Charlotte Rowe has NOT had an easy life and I enjoyed the heck out of reading about her story. How she was cooping or not cooping, what she wished was different but how it couldn’t be. I just liked her character and the narrator I loved, I enjoyed the almost two tones she did when she was on the medication and when she wasn’t it was really awesome.

It is a little on t
Cathy Ryan
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Trina Pierce was abducted as a baby and spent her first seven years with the killer couple who murdered her mother. They wanted to ‘train’ her to be just like them. After she was rescued from the clutches of the serial killers, Abigail and Daniel Banning, her nightmare should have ended, but her father saw fit to exploit her experience, through the tabloid press and the movie industry. That, together with a weird stalker who admired the Banning’s, gave Trina the incentive to escape and detac
Trudy Lynn Brockman
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Not what I expected.

The storyline, premise, goal...all good! Characters OK. Seemed all over the place to me. Definitely not what I expected. Was not an easy times did not really want to finish. Will try another of his books anyway.
Katy (Katyslibrary)
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much Amazon Publishing and LMS for sending me a copy of Christopher Rice's new novel in exchange for an honest review.  I really enjoyed Bone Music, it was completely unique and very refreshing.  I haven't read a story quite like this one and it made it that much more engrossing.  A badass female lead with a dark history, entertaining side characters, thrills mixed with science, all elements that added to make this a four star read!  I can't wait to see where this series goes. 

Donna Backshall
Bone Music was bomb #2 of my three-month Kindle Unlimited extravaganza. It was cheesy and boring, there was no depth to the story, and the writing was bland. Surprisingly the grammar was decent, which is so rare in these days of indie publications, so props for that, but good grammar doesn't make a book interesting, just palatable.

I'm usually all about sci-fi thrillers, especially books about badass women, but this one never connected with me. It may be because I was listening to the audio versi
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Lynn (Smile24k)
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
For me this book is firmly in the 3.5 star range. I struggled with whether to round up or down and decided to round up, because at the end of it all, I would actually read the next book in the series.

Basic Plot: Charlotte was raised by the serial killers who killed her mother and now in adulthood she is trying to reclaim her life by living under a new name, with tight security, and trying to find some type of normalcy. There are people out there who either won't let her forget her past or don't
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
***4 Stars***

Bone Music is a great read with a heroine who's trying to outrun her tragic past, rebuild her life, and learn who she can actually trust.

Charlotte Rowe was kidnapped as a child, her mother was murdered and she was raised by serial killers (this sentence alone had me hooked and convinced me to give this book a try). When she was 8, she was rescued and returned to her father, only to be exploited by him when he turns her troubled life into a book and later on into a movie franchise.
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Christopher Rice is the recipient of the Lambda Literary Award and is the New York Times bestselling author of A DENSITY OF SOULS and the Bram Stoker Award finalists THE HEAVENS RISE and THE VINES. He is the head writer and an executive producer of "The Vampire Chronicles", a television show based on the bestselling novels by his mother, Anne Rice. Together they penned RAMSES THE DAMNED: THE PASSI ...more

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