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Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones

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Swine Hill was full of the dead. Their ghosts were thickest near the abandoned downtown, where so many of the town’s hopes had died generation by generation. They lingered in the places that mattered to them, and people avoided those streets, locked those doors, stopped going into those rooms... They could hurt you. Worse, they could change you.

Jane is haunted. Since she w
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Gary
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
It’s refreshing to run into a genre novel that carves its own path, and that’s what you get with Micah Dean Hicks’ debut Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones. The novel's setting is Swine Hill, a town so saturated with ghosts that literally everyone has at least one haunting them. Jane has a good relationship with her ghost, who feeds her the secrets others hide from the world. Her boyfriend Trigger is haunted by the ghost of his own brother, whom he accidently killed. And her brother Henry’s mad s ...more
Robin Bonne
Surreal and poignant. Jane, and her brother, Henry, live in a world where people can be haunted. Henry’s ghost is a sort of engineer/scientist that possesses him and uses his body to work on building and making his projects. He works at the pig slaughtering facility and creates a new race of sentient pig men. This causes tension in the town as the townsfolk are afraid of losing their jobs.

Although this is a surreal setting, the emotions that drive the characters feel real. I’ve lived in dying t
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Stephanie (That's What She Read)
This is a hard book to rate. There is so much here. If there is one thing that's done well, it's the sense of atmosphere. The characters live in town that's dying and suffocating. They are haunted by literal and figurative ghosts. Our main character, Jane's ghost tells her what people around her are thinking and what their intentions are, while her brother Henry's ghost is a genius that takes him over and keeps him up building machines. There were a lot of big ideas at play in this book: views t ...more
Elizabeth
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Swine hill is a place that will hurt your body, wrack your soul at the altar of human selfishness, and destroy you. Imagine living in this place. Imagine working at the store or a packing plant here. Imagine having to share part of your soul with the undead. Hick's characters do, and for a short time, we readers also do.  Hick's has invented a story that is so rife with pain, imagination, and horrors that if you could take t
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Myndi
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on my blog Mad Book Love

There is just so much to unpack with this book, I don't know how I'm going to keep this review a reasonable length. While I can hardly say what it was I expected, I can say with complete certainty that it wasn't what I got. And thank the gods for that! This book wow'd me. WOW'D. Me. Now where to start, where to start...

The cover: in no way appealed to me. If you've read any of my reviews, you know how much I covet covers. Covers are meant
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Cheryl
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off, let me start by saying that this book is unique. It will mess with your mind and not in a good way. However, this translate to a book that you must read. If you are a fan of horror books than you will want to pick up a copy today.

This is a family affair. Jane and her brother, Henry were not just the only ones trying to battle the evilness that encroaches on their town. While, I did find Jane to be strong; she was not the only strong female character in this story. Bethany kicked some
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Jessica
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Lenoire
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
The small town of Swine Hill is filled with ghosts. The ghosts have taken over the abandoned downtown area and haunt places that they have unresolved dealings with. Some ghosts have been known to hurt people and sometimes, even change them. In Swine Hill, there are more dead things than living.


Jane has been haunted since she was a child. Her ghost feeds on the secrets and fears of people around her. She loves to share her findings with Jane, even if Jane doesn't want to know. Jane's brother, Hen
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Jessica Bronder
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this world ghosts can haunt the living but living within them. Jane, Henry and their mother are haunted. Jane’s ghost tells her the thoughts and plans of everyone around them. Henry has a mad scientist that is forcing him to create horrific creatures and machine. Their mother has a ghost that so desires attention that she can burn people that she touches.

In Swine Hill is a slaughterhouse where we find Henry creating human like pig creatures that are phasing out human workers. But this is just
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Qassye Hall
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We are thrown into a world where ghost, darkness, sadness, grime, dirt, and horror can all exist. Micah Dean Hicks breaks what I would consider “the fourth wall”, and allows many elements to exist in about 300 pages. In his debut novel, BREAK THE BODIES, HAUNT THE BONES, we explore the world of Swine Hill on the backs of Jane and her ghost.

We burn alongside Jane’s mother and her mother’s ghost through physical touch, emotional tugs, and mental thoughts. Jane’s mother is one of the most intrigui
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Uriah
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Most of my time reading is spent getting inside other people's heads, and until now I've always thought that was by choice. But I think I really just struggle to find myself in other people's works, and so escapism becomes more realistic than reflection. "Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones" has changed this. Never before have I walked away relating to so many characters on so many levels. From the gifted boy who belongs in a better town to his empath sister who can read people's hearts to their y ...more
Larry
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hicks does not waste any time setting the scene. The opening lines: "Swine Hill was full of the dead. Their ghosts were thickest near the abandoned downtown, where so many of the town's hopes had died generation by generation."

Hicks explores this premise through the lives of a family, Jane, her brother Henry, their Mother and Father. Jane, Henry, and their mother are haunted, and have complicated relationships with their ghosts. Their friends are haunted. Link by link, Hicks builds a web of rela
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Chandni
Feb 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
I hate DNFing review books because I want to give my honest opinion on the entire book. However, I have so many books on my TBR that I can't justify reading a book I'm not enjoying.

While the premise of this novel is intriguing, my biggest issue with this book was that I never connected with either the main characters or the plot. The writing is pretty good and the author manages to perfectly capture the atmosphere of a dying town. However, the plot is so slow that I never really cared about what
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Joe Crowe
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one's a ghost story, and author Micah Dean Hicks has all the fixings of a standard ghost story, but then mixes them all up in a way that shows he thought way too hard while writing the story (I mean that as a compliment.)

It's what he does with the fixings. It's not one ghost, it's a town full, and almost everyone therein is haunted by one. The story has emotional weight, with the living people being more than jobbers for the supernatural creatures to smack down; and even the ghosts are ful
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Rachel
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this ARC at NYCC. Overall, I liked this book, but parts just seemed to drag and the story lost its momentum. There was also probably a little too much going on. Definitely not like any other story I've read before.
Brittany Holcomb
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was great! A very interesting and strange world with relatable characters dealing with strange but fascinating circumstances. I was hooked and had difficulty putting the book down!
Jo
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review to follow, but loved it.
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