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More Than Bones

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Craig David Singer’s cheeky More Than Bones is a tale of self-discovery filled with quirky comedy and surprising depth. -John M. Murray, Foreword Reviews

Dr. Emily Norton is a recent med school grad starting her surgical residency at a renowned hospital in Baltimore. She's dedicated her life to science and reason--so when she receives a supposedly magical amulet from an ecc
Paperback, 358 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Twin Rabbit Books
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More Than Bones will take you on a roller coaster ride that you won’t soon forget! It was not at all what I was expecting but far exceeded all of preconceived silly ideas! A tale of self-exploration with a steep learning curve, it is a perfect read to start your new year!

Dr. Emily Norton has relocated to Baltimore to begin her residency program at a Catholic hospital in order to be closer to her fiancé. She has rented a room – the attic space – in a gorgeous older home owned by a rather odd, eff
♥ Kayleigh Kehoe ⚜ (Awkword Reviews)✍
Dr Emily Norton is an aspiring intern at a Catholic hospital. After her old, lonely eccentric neighbour loans her an amulet, he warns her not to take it off or scorn it in any way, as it has magical properties capable of bringing her good or bad fortune. Although Emily works at a Catholic hospital, her faith is a little lacking, because she ignores the old man's warning and refuses to wear it. Soon after, she loses her fiancé, loses her job, and is blamed for a patient's suicide. Emily can no lo ...more
Dora  (Swift Coffee Book Blog)
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This book turned out to be far more dark and dramatic than I  had imagined before starting it. Up until like 60% it was a very dizzying emotional rollercoaster, and I'm not sure I mean it in the best possible way. In fact, if I had to rate it then, I probably would've given a star less regarding all angle I consider when rating a book. It's well written, and contains many great ideas, but many times I felt a bit
Laura Reading
If you start this novel and are not quite sure how you feel about it, please stick with it. You will not be disappointed. The emotions run deep and the characters will pleasantly surprise you.
This is a story about faith - but not exactly religious faith, although that plays a role.
It is about finding out what you, personally, believe in, about discovering for yourself your purpose, your passion and your strengths.
It is a story about acceptance, of self and others. Friendship and beliefs and acce
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure about how I was going to feel reading this story but I was very pleasantly surprised. There were lots of twists and turns, things that has a recurring that I least expected it. Its,Characters are both well flushed out with good parts and ba d parts. You find yourself really liking some of them and really disliking some of the others. And interesting undertone especially in this had me bit surprised, but done very well and very thorough. I definitely plan on reading more by this aut ...more
Heather Frimmer
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I picked up this debut, all I knew was that the main character, Emily, is a surgical resident (as is the case in my debut novel), and that it involves touches of magic, so I picked it up right away. I'm so glad I did. More Than Bones is a fun ride of a book with a lot to say. When Emily arrives in Baltimore to start her internship, she has it all—a great job, a perfect fiancé, and a cozy place to live with her new roommate, Norton. But as the story quickly gets going, bad things start to ha ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit I had mixed feelings reading this book. I didn't love it, but then again I didn't hate it either. It was a light and, dare I say a rather, fun read.
I liked the simple writing and the fast pace of the events... but sometimes the plot seemed a little too quick? And yes I know that sounds weird but things were constantly changing in the book, a terrible situation turned into a great one in the span of a few lines; and yes I know that's the whole premise of the book but it almost seeme
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well... this book was a little different to what I was expecting. But, you know what, I actually really enjoyed it. Probably, mostly because of the wonderful characters that the author has created within. Not all of them likeable but they all played their parts very well.
We start with Dr Emily Norton as she starts a residency at a Baltimore hospital. She is very science orientated so she is a but surprised when she meets her new housemate - the coincidentally named Norton who is also referred t
Jennifer S. Brown
This is a light, fun read. Emily Norton moves to Baltimore to start her medical internship and to be closer to her fiancé, also doing an intern in D.C. She rents the attic in the house of larger-than-life Norton Wharton, and immediately becomes enmeshed in the lives of those she works with and lives near. There's a bit of a mystical nature to this book (don't want to give too much away), and a lot of issues are touched upon: religion and faith, LGBTQ acceptance, family relationships. I particula ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this story. It's set in Baltimore, near where I live so it was fun to know some of the places and traditions mentioned in the book. I also liked the way the author dealt with infidelity, religion, LGBT, poverty and breast cancer all in one book.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg! I love this book, I love how everything is described in detail, I do have minor issues with some of the situations but that's just me nitpicking. It was a great book crazy things happen. I received a review copy of this book from Netgallery. All of the above opinions are my own. 
Stephanie Reyna
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Your past is somewhat always entanagked with your future. Live for now but know actions have consequences. I loved this story and the characters. So much happens to them that has happened in my own life. I became an orphan at 30 years old, lost my mother when I was 14, raised by my father, luckily mine was amazing and understanding. I felt for the character in her push and pull relationship. I definitly recommend!!!
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The outrageous characters make this book. I laughed with them and cried with them. More Than Bones made me think about what makes a family a family and about all the different variations of family in our society. It made me think about how childhood influences adulthood and how long it takes some people to shed or stand up to negative influences, or if they even do.

I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.
Cyn Dee
Interesting novel with a lot going on- felt a bit messy. Lots of elements of lgbt and religion struggle. However I couldn't quite get a good feel of the main character - and didn't like her at the end of the novel. Perhaps it was too much internal dialogue that put me off.
This book had a bad case of multiple-personality disorder! There was too much going on!

This book suffers from a terrible synopsis in my opinion. With this book we have a synopsis that leads the reader to believe this will be a story about a magical amulet that can either give Emily all she desires or destroy her life. So I was expecting a book with a touch of magical realism, a hint of fairy tale, and perhaps even an element of parable with a good lesson learned about life. But instead this is w
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't know what I thought to expect in More Than Bones but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. The narrative is from the perspective of the main protagonist, Dr. Emily Norton, who had just moved to a new city and was completely ready to begin a new chapter of her life in Baltimore. She finds herself roommates in a glorious mansion with an eccentric landlord, Norton Theodore Wharton, who is as fabulous as they come. A strange interaction with an old man and the benefactor of a 300-ye ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful read! It defies categories so I could see that it has potential for a broad appeal. The protagonist is Emily Norton, a young doctor who is thrown into some crazy situations from the get go.

There is some quirky wrapped in a mystery with a young woman trying to deal with it all. Emily is on the serious side and it’s pretty amusing to see her get thrown one curve ball after another. It’s as if the story is trying it’s best to make her neurotic but with the help (and hindrance) of
Patricia Sanchez
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, 3.5 stars

I just finished this book and It’s was cool and entraining. I liked the way the author was realistic about the medical life and how he described it. The book kept me intrigued most of the time, also it was enjoyable but it was a little messy, all mixed... religion, LGBT, mystery.
I didn’t liked the religious connotations (the book has a lot of them)
The characters were cool but I didn’t connected with all of them... Andrew w
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I read a digital copy of this book I received via Netgalley.

More Than Bones revolves around friendships, self-confidence, and knowing who one is.

Parts of MTB are completely silly, and other parts are deep and thoughtful. The secondary characters are interesting and have decent depth.

I enjoyed the resolution of the story with regard to Emily's sense of self. Definitely worth a read, particularly if you want a break from thinky books or studying. :D
Not my cup of tea. Think it needed a few more rounds of editing to create a more polished and cohesive story.
Sherie Lundmark
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by this book as it seemed to have a lot of elements I like - mystery, a little paranormal, friendships, family conflicts and a conflicted female lead. It hit the mark in all the right places. I especially enjoyed the growth in the characters that results in a satisfying ending. I would love to find a Dr. Norton in my life.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's different than expected but not in a good way. I found it confusing and just a little too much of everything for me. It's not my type of book.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley-2019
Try as I might, I wasn't able to connect with the story. Though the premise is interesting, the author seems to rely on stereotypes for characterization. I wasn't able to get past the first few chapters. Definitely a light read, and rather fluffy in development.
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Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Can we all just do a double take on that cover? So beautiful and detailed, ugh. It really sets the mood of the book for you and shows you what kind of mystery and enchantment are coming your way.

More than Bones definitely took me a while to get into. For some reason I was having a hard time focusing and concentrating when trying to get through the beginning. If anyone else has this problem, stick with it! This book pays off!

The whimsical fun characters definitely drew me in as well as wonderin
Katherine Salmon
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Jan 08, 2019
Gina Moltz
While I enjoyed this book I felt like it needed to be trimmed down. So many characters and so many storylines. I loved Norton and Dr. Norton. They make great roommates. I loved Noton trying trying to figure out his love life and his mother. Dr. Norton had great empathy when dealing with her patients but horrible empathy when dealing with her father. Definitely a pretty good first novel!
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Craig David Singer is a physician and author living in Baltimore. A graduate of the University of Florida, Dr. Singer is a passionate sports fan, an incurable computer geek, and a music lover who cannot carry a tune despite his last name. He and his husband have traveled all seven continents in search of the perfect martini.

His first novel, More Than Bones, will be released in January 2019.