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Forgotten Bones

(Dead Remaining #1)

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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  18,242 ratings  ·  853 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 getti
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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 us
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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 c
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Amanda
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
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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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 killer
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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 foun
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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
Shelves: books-i-own
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 ov
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Caotico09
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 i
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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.
Cathy Ryan
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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 completel ...more
Anna at 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
Christa
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This was a very good suspense/thriller with a few creepy moments! Those were provided by the paranormal elements of the story. I thought this one had an engaging storyline, and it sure kept me interested! I quickly became invested in the two main characters, Susan and Eric, and kept wanting their storylines to hurry and intersect! I thought both were great characters, and I liked the way that Eric's mental illness was handled in a way that didn't diminish him as a character.

Even though there wer
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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.
Christine Howard
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: joyful-2020
A real thriller, with a main character who has schizophrenia. When Eric starts seeing a young boy in denim overalls he is not sure if he's a spirit or a hallucination.
Monica
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait for the next book.
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 chi ...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 recognizabl
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Sami
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creepy. Intense. Couldn’t put it down. This book started slow with details that seemed pointless, but man did it get good!
WARNING: it is about finding the person who killed a lot of kids. It can be extremely sad and graphic at times.
Albessa
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit!!!!! This book was awesome! Icould say a lot about it right now but I think I’ll let the book speak for itself. Can’t wait for #2 to come out.
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 foun
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Adrian Lawrence
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 done
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cat ♡
Apr 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-worst
jesus christ
Angie Lewis
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read!!!

Characters are easy to feel like you know them. Kept me guessing. Good plot and well written. Will be looking for more from this author.
J. Danielle Wingler
This was an enjoyable read and it was nice for the main characters to have issues that usually go unmentioned or represented in a negative way. I'm looking forward to reading more.
Amanda Richardson
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ap
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Marythios (AkaSusanne )
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 in a field, that coincidentally is owned by Gerald Nichol, a felon who’s j
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Alan Zabel
Aug 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Forgotten Bones" is a very disappointing mystery/thriller.

The main two characters were well enough developed and described, but that's it. There were many other characters that were introuced and then completely abandoned, playing no role whatsoever in the arc of the story. Several that could have been deleted altogether.

The actual resolution of the mystery was no great surprise.

Perhaps the worst problem, from my perspective, was the paranormal aspect. I usually don't like such devices for exac
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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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