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Forgotten Bones

(Dead Remaining #1)

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  10,955 ratings  ·  647 reviews
An unlikely pair teams up to investigate a brutal murder in a haunting thriller that walks the line between reality and impossibility.

When small-town police officers discover the grave of a young boy, they're quick to pin the crime on a convicted felon who lives nearby. But when it comes to murder, Officer Susan Marlan never trusts a simple explanation, so she's just
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Paperback, 302 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Dee Arr
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The thriller I was hoping to read never materialized, which was unfortunate, because I liked the main characters and this could have been a good story.

The author flip-flopped back and forth between Eric and Susan, offering two likable people with realistic problems. The clues were consistently laid out for the reader to see, and it was an inevitability that the two would eventually meet. If Ms. Barz felt she was concealing the truth of the murders and the murderer from us, she was wrong. I am
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Ceecee
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most positive thing that I can say about this is that I like that one of the main characters Eric is a schizophrenic, who with the aid of appropriate medication is able to live very successfully with the condition and most people would be totally unaware. I also like the other main character of Susan who is dogged, determined and caring.

Unfortunately, the book is so up and down in terms of pace I found it hard not to nod off at times. For example, the laborious detail about Eric’s geology
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Mindy (Naughty Book Snitch)
Buy the book or borrow it from Amazon KU.

Oh man... what a great debut! The book starts with a bang, but then tapers out a bit with boring facts. However, it more than makes up for it at about half way through and doesnt stop until the book is over. There is a mild creep factor with the ghosts of dead children. For those of you with this kind of trigger, dont worry, this book tells you how the kids meet there end (because its being investigated), but it doesn't dwell on it or give you the
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Amanda
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really need to start DNFing books, so I don't have to write ranty reviews. I prefer to write happy reviews for books I enjoyed.

Let's talk about the only aspect of this book I really enjoyed and that is the character Eric. He's unique with his schizophrenia. His ex-wife is a complete douche canoe but thankfully he doesn't pacify her at all. He was a great likable character for the most part.

Story felt a bit boring at times, 53% in and the "unlikely duo that team up " , according to the books'
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Siobhan
I love a good crime fiction mixed with the paranormal and was super curious to see how Vivian Barz’s Forgotten Bones would play out. As it’s the first in a series, I was eager for a new series that would have me hooked.

I’ll be honest and say I was unsure at first. I wasn’t sucked in and I did consider putting this one aside. It did not grip me in the way I’d expected, giving us more about the lives of the characters than about the crime. Although I wasn’t sucked in as deep as I would have liked,
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Tammy
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2019
4.5 Forgotten Bones is an eerie, entertaining, fast-paced murder mystery!

Eric Evans, a newly divorced, community college professor finds and works on restoring an old foul-smelling steamer trunk he bought from a used shop. He soon begins seeing ghostly visions, although he thinks he’s hallucinating due to his schizophrenia.

Officer Susan Marlon, first on the scene of a car accident, is startled by what’s found buried nearby. She begins investigating the discovered remains of a small child found
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Roz
Sep 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like so many things about this.
Caotico09
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
What you should know before reading:
1) Forgotten Bones is not your typical crime novel. There is not a ton of crime solving, leads, or potential suspects- instead it focuses on the daily lives of two MC's who somewhat haphazardly stumble onto clues.
2) The book does include paranormal activity (ghosts).
3) I found the book to be rather slow, for example Eric's introduction chapter spends pages and pages to say two things: he has schizophrenia and his wife cheated on him.
4) The Police detective
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Darcia Helle
I'm not reviewing this book because I couldn't bring myself to read more than 30 pages. What follows is just me telling you why I so thoroughly rejected this one. Be aware that what I'm saying might be considered "spoilers", though all of this happens within the first pages.

We start off with a couple driving. The male is giving a sober monologue of complaints, while the female is drunk and, for reasons unknown, totally turned on. (His ranting is sexy to her?) They're driving on unfamiliar roads
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Jose
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was offered an advance copy in exchange for a review.

“Forgotten Bones” was a genuinely good read! The story centers around Eric and Susan, a college professor and Police Officer respectively, and an ongoing child murderer case in the small town of Perrick, CA.

The book has great pacing, making it an easy and enjoyable read. I loved how it went back and forth between the two main characters, giving you just the right amount of information about them during their parts and not making you feel
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A Wondrous Bookshelf
Forgotten Bones is not your average crime thriller, and I will go over why. The premise of the book is excellent. Susan, a young detective upon responding to a car accident scene, comes across the body of a young child. Police quickly attributes the crime to a local pedophile. However, Susan is suspicious that there is more to the story and decides to embark on an investigation on her own. Parallel to Susan's story we meet Eric, a geology professor going through a turbulent divorce and moves to ...more
Cathy Ryan
Skipping over the prologue, which I thought was too long and actually unnecessary since the characters don’t feature again, Police Officer Susan Marlan responds to a road traffic accident where the decades old remains of a child’s body is discovered buried next to a telephone pole that had been knocked down. A local pedophile recently released from prison is deemed responsible for the child’s death although, after talking to the medical examiner and interviewing his mother, Susan isn’t ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
2.5 stars rounded up. Lots of potential with this story but some things were pretty obvious early on. I don't think the FBI would be so oblivious as the book implies. It was very hard to be vested in the lead character as she seemed pretty oblivious at times, undeveloped and apparently doesn't touch base with anyone outside of her boss.
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
I really enjoyed this book it was a mix between a ghost story and a murder mystery! There were two main characters Eric a schizophrenic who is going through a divorce and to say it’s messy would be an understatement, Susan a police officer on the local police force. After a car accident the body of a small child is discovered and it’s on the property of an ex con , whose also a know child predator. Once the police start investigating over twenty bodies are discovered , and all except one are ...more
Paul
Actual review: 3.5 stars.

I was offered a pre-publication Kindle copy to read and review.

"Forgotten Bones" is a fast read, a small town serial killer mystery with a supernatural twist and a pair of engaging protagonists (the man is especially intriguing because he's schizophrenic and inclined to hallucinate ... only in this case his disturbing visions aren't just coming from his own imagination).

Some of Vivian Barz's narrative threads had predictable outcomes. The police chief, Ed, is
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Tammy
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Forgotten Bones is an eerie, entertaining, fast-paced murder mystery!

Eric Evans, a newly divorced, community college professor finds and works on restoring an old foul-smelling steamer trunk he bought from a used shop. He soon begins seeing ghostly visions, although he thinks he’s hallucinating due to his schizophrenia.

Officer Susan Marlon, first on the scene of a car accident, is startled by what’s found buried nearby. She begins investigating the discovered remains of a small child found
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Adrian Lawrence
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Normal meets paranormal
A combination of ghosts set in a murder mystery that really did work for me. The book, although slightly slow in parts, always held my interest and developed into something unexpected and enjoyable. Set in Small Town, it's got an abundance of simplistic mystery that's so atmospheric. I don't think I missed anything but I was a long way into the story before I realised that, who I thought was bad was actually good. I felt tricked, and still do, but wow, it was cleverly
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Amanda Richardson
Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz had me on the edge of my seat. Did not want to put this book down! I loved both small-town cop Susan and the new professor in town, Eric. Both of them have great personalities and feel like real people existing somewhere out in California solving crimes. Loved the book.

Skeletons, lots of them, are showing up in a field adjacent to where a convicted child molester lives. But they can't find the man. He's missing. The police want answers as more and more skeletons
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Mkittysamom
I had no idea where this book was going..

I got really into it, once Susan entered the plot. I really love the supernaturalness, and ghosts interacting with the characters! I definitely did not see the ending coming either! This was a great mystery!
Mel
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhhhhh I really like this book!

It has the perfect mix of mental health positivity, paranormal activity, and detective work. The characters are well fleshed out, and even if I guessed the "twist" it didn't make the ending any less enjoyable.
Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.
I was sent this book from the publisher/publicity team. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

When this was sent to me I put it to the side thinking it was one that I was most likely not going to pick up. I am so glad I gave this a chance. I would have finished this in one sitting if I did not start it at night. The story itself was addicting.

This is not a fast paced thriller, but it will
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Lynne Marshall
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forgotten Bones was a unique and engaging tale. I'm not crazy about serial killer stories in general, but this one pulled me in and kept me interested from Chapter One. Susan is a young but perceptive small town police officer. Eric is a schizophrenic with one heck of a backstory, who is new in town and who has no clue what he is about to get sucked into. I rooted for him from the beginning. The little boy ghost insists that Susan and Eric put the pieces of the mystery together to finally catch ...more
Steven Ramirez
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forgotten Bones is a ghost thriller with heart. Vivian Barz has created characters that resonate wonderfully and, like any accomplished author, puts them in the center of hell in the guise of a remote farming community in California.

The double protagonist is comprised of Susan, the ambitious young cop, and Eric, an emotionally broken academic. Of the two, I found Eric to be more interesting. He is newly arrived after a painful separation and also happens to be schizophrenic. Together, these two
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Pattyh
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz. This is a police procedural that looks like it may become a series.
The bones of an old crime are found by a police officer - Susan Marlan. There are those who are quick to judge a local man as a possible suspect, but Susan is skeptical.
While a college professor, Eric, is having visions about a young boy, he feels these maybe messages from the grave. Susan and Eric team up to solve this crime and this is not easy
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T'leah
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost rated it 3 stars because the writing is rough around the edges. Especially in the prologue. BUT it is her first published novel according to her profile so I went with 4 because her character writing is spot on and there were some scenes (ahem the horse) that really had creep factor. All in all it is a good little ghost story and I look forward to seeing her develop as an author.
Bonner Litchfield
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't give it 5 stars because the last quarter of the book was too predictable. I figured out where it was going, and that's the way it went.

Overall, an interesting concept that worked.
I enjoyed reading it.
Jana
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5. The plot and twist were extremely predictable. That being said this book was different than your typical thriller and I loved the supernatural aspect to it.

I look forward to more from this author.
Christopher Williams
I enjoyed this one. Not an author I have read before but well written with likeable characters in Eric and Susan. The plot was good and almost impossible to guess what had happened. Certainly maintained interest right to the end.
Carol
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Predictable but at times entertaining mystery. Not impressed with the writing style of the author.
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Vivian Barz grew up on a farm in a small Northern California town of less than three thousand people. With plenty of fresh air and space to let her imagination run wild, she began penning mysteries at a young age. One of Barz’s earliest works, a story about a magical scarecrow with a taste for children’s blood, was read to her third-grade class during show-and-tell. It received mixed reviews.

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