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Near the Bone

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  8,825 ratings  ·  1,742 reviews
A woman trapped on a mountain attempts to survive more than one kind of monster, in a dread-inducing horror novel from the national bestselling author Christina Henry.

Mattie can't remember a time before she and William lived alone on a mountain together. She must never make him upset. But when Mattie discovers the mutilated body of a fox in the woods, she realizes that the
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 13th 2021 by Berkley Books
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Charles lol Girl in Red was way worse, I wouldn't call this open-ended.

Sorry, the only other one of hers I've read is Alice which is 1/3.…more
lol Girl in Red was way worse, I wouldn't call this open-ended.

Sorry, the only other one of hers I've read is Alice which is 1/3.(less)

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This was so freaking good. This book is so atmospheric and creepy and AMAZING. I can’t imagine being stuck on this snowy mountain with this abusive asshole and also dealing with the fact that there’s a super scary monster / creature roaming around out there. This is exactly the kind of shit I love in horror books: fear of the unknown. This book reminded me of so many other books I’ve loved, like Bird Box and Room. This book made me feel like I was right there on that mountain, and it was soooo s ...more
For as long as Mattie can remember, she has lived on the mountain, in a desolate cabin with her overbearing husband, William.

William is brutal in his treatment of Mattie, saying it's his job to make her a dutiful wife. She is terrified of him and feels hopeless. There is no way out for her.

Let's pause for a moment, shall we.

Trigger Warning for abuse; pretty much any kind of abuse you can imagine. If this is a topic that is at all sensitive for you, please proceed with caution.

On the day that Mat
Charlotte May
“We came up here to do some research and now we’re in a horror movie with a monster and an unkillable redneck with a gun.”

Holy shit! What a ride!

A gripping thriller/horror with supernatural elements.
Mattie has lived with William for as long as she can remember. Anything she remembers from before is clearly just made up in her head. William says she is his wife and must obey him in all things - he punishes her if she doesn’t.

They live in a cabin in the mountains, Mattie is not allowed to leav
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Survival is the name of the game!

Mattie is trapped on a mountain trying to survive -- from what and from whom?

Mattie cannot remember a time before she and her husband William lived on the mountain. But what she does remember is not to make her husband upset - EVER! When she finds the mutilated body of a fox in the woods, they begin to suspect that perhaps they are not alone on the mountain after all. Soon Mattie and William hear noises in the night - loud shrill noises. The forest gets quiet. S
Rebecca (on a review writing break!)
“Only humans enjoy the fears of others”

Mattie has lived on the mountain with William for a long time. She has learned to survive while making him angry as little as possible. One day Mattie discovers the mutilated body of a fox in the woods and suspects they aren't alone anymore. Additionally, three strangers appear on the mountain looking for the creature. Mattie knows the strangers' presence will only enrage William and she fears that, between the creature and William, none of them will li
Misty Marie Harms

Mattie and William live on a mountain alone. William is an abusive twat that deserves to die several times over. Poor Mattie is a literal walking punching bag. One day she comes across a shredded dead fox when checking snares. She quickly realizes something else not human, not quite animal, has moved in on the mountain. Do you think William is grateful for this information? Of course not because Mattie is not supposed to have thoughts or ideas not sanctioned by his majesty. To make matter
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
My biggest gripe with thrillers these days is the way characters react to things. So when a human heart gets thrown at them and they look at each other and then say “hey, wanna make some grilled cheese?” I can’t take it seriously XD Also one of the most abrupt endings I've ever read. You get answers to absolutely nothing.
Review to come on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/hollyheartsbooks
La Crosse County Library
**Spoiler warning!**

HOLY HORROR! This one is awesome.

From the minute Samantha, (or Martha or Mattie), is kidnapped from her bedroom when she is eight years old until the unbelievable escape 12 years later, her life is controlled by a freak who says she is his wife. (view spoiler) She never sees another person unti
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
4.0 Stars
This was such an engrossing horror novel! After reading several of her novels, I have come to realize that Christina Henry knows how to tell a good story and she proved it again with this new release, Near the Bone.

This is the kind of horror novel that will really appeal to thriller readers like myself who love the tropes surrounding kidnapping stories. Mattie is a compelling protagonist who is stunted by her early captivity and clearly suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. Her social and
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
This book . . . .

I feel like I’ve been on the library list for six months (and I know I requested it be purchased after getting denied an ARC) so this was a massive disappointment.

Near the Bone is half Elizabeth Smart kidnapping and half . . . .

And the story itself?????

Don’t even get me started on the godawful dialogue. Or the fact that someone’s arm can be ripped off and they are in shock and unable to move one minute, but then somehow manage to get a second wind and become not on
May 12, 2021 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 26% - no rating

I'm so glad this was an Overdrive loan. This is my 2nd Christina Henry book and my last Christina Henry book.

This is an author that simply isn't for me.
Susan's Reviews
Nov 26, 2021 rated it liked it

I had to skim a fair amount of this novel. SO MUCH VIOLENCE!!!! Physical, mental, emotional.

I also didn't enjoy the writing style. It seemed a bit simplistic, as if the story were being narrated by a middle grade student as opposed to a 20 year old woman.

Mattie's about face when she'd finally had enough did not ring true for me. The characters in this novel were hollow beings that had labels in my mind like: victim, abductor/abuser/mentally ill tormentor, collateral damage bit actors, rescuers
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Every time I think I can't possibly love Christina Henry even more, she releases another book that blows me away and proves me wrong. Near the Bone is quite possibly my favorite thing I've read from her so far, and I can easily see it landing in my favorite books of the year list. This book was shocking, captivating, and utterly unputdownable — literally, I wasn't even willing to take a break for dinner until I finished it, and ended up inhaling the entire book in one sitting because I was so dr ...more
Katie Colson
Jan 10, 2022 rated it it was ok
reading vlog: https://youtu.be/AXpfik6Q72g

How dare you sideline Sasquatch??

He has main character energy and was seriously under utilized in this book.
The wife/daughter/wtf storyline was interesting but you can't have Big Foot involved and expect me to care about anything else. Hello? Bring Big Foot back. Nobody cares about your marital problems when a cryptid is literally at the door!
Trigger warning:

If you're easily triggered about crimes against women proceed with caution if you are going to read this book. Honestly, I'd suggest you don't read it at all.

Maddie is stuck on a mountain with two monsters. One her "husband" and two an unidentified creature. Three strangers stick their necks out to help her and pay the consequences.Its a very dark and moody read that touches on some serious topics. The ending could be considered "happy" but really not so much. More like triumph
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio - 3.75 Stars
Story - 1.5 Star

Too much of the story was the inner thoughts of the herione which I found to be dull and repetitive. As far as horror goes, it failed. I used the audio to lull me to sleep...that should say it all.
Jessica Woodbury
There is a lot going on here, but weirdly I find myself wishing it had still flexed more plot muscle despite having at least three plots. I liked the pitch but I didn't love the execution.

The one plot that does dive in deep here is Mattie and her origin story. When we meet her we immediately know things are not right. It isn't just that her husband is overprotective, it isn't just that she's isolated, after just a few pages it's clear that this is Not a Good Situation. I would have liked a slowe
Dec 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021-shelf, horror
Maybe it's unpopular opinion time.

I mean, if you compare this with a lot of the other self-pub stuff out there in the horror market, it falls in that line. You've got a monster in the mountains, a tragic perma-victim abused by a kidnapper for 8 years, and a chance encounter with a group of modern yahoos. Stir, shake up, and let the blood fly. If this is all you're looking for, then go for it.

But, me, well, I've been reading an average of 500 books a year, going on 6 years now. Before then, I wa
ReadAlongWithSue [Catching-Up]
Mattie can’t remember how long or when she started living with her husband in the snowy mountains, all she knows is her husband sees it as his “duty” to punish her when she gets things wrong or does things wrong.
It’s “wrong” when he says it’s wrong !

Not only living in the snowy mountains is it terrifying being shut off from the world but also with an abusive husband BUT now Maggie is convinced there is someone or something in the dark woods. It’s terrifying.

Maggie is frightened of her very viole
Thanks so much to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is how you do a horror and thriller combo! It was just the right blend of scary and mysterious.

Mattie lives high in the mountains with her husband, William. While checking their animal traps one day during the winter, she finds a dead fox on the path, cut open but not eaten or taken by the predator that killed it. What follows is classic horror movie - discovery of a creature, the
christina henry KNOWS how to get under your skin. the way she evokes this creeping atmosphere of dread, this sense of fear that never quite manages to leave you even long after you’ve read the last page, is fucking incredible. this book will genuinely haunt me for the rest of my life

(MASSIVE trigger warnings for physical abuse, kidnapping, violence and gore, and implied sexual assault and rape)

Charlotte Kersten
CW for abuse.

“My name is Samantha.”

So What’s It About?

Mattie can't remember a time before she and William lived alone on a mountain together. She must never make him upset. But when Mattie discovers the mutilated body of a fox in the woods, she realizes that they're not alone after all.

There's something in the woods that wasn't there before, something that makes strange cries in the night, something with sharp teeth and claws.

When three strangers appear on the mountaintop looking for the cre
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
The monster that hunts in Near The Bone is left largely to the unknown. We have little description of what it looks like, or where it has come from. All the reader knows is that it’s unusually intelligent and that it’s out for blood.

Our setting is an isolated cabin, where Mattie is trapped with her estranged and abusive husband, William. Mattie discovers strange tracks of an animal that William becomes obsessed about hunting down, giving her ample time to plan her next move. While her husband mi
Sep 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, 2021, favorites
Near The Bone is my very first Christina Henry novel, but it won't be my last.

A strange cry shattered the air. I wasn't quite a bear's roar, or a mountain lion's call, or an eagle's screech, but a nerve-shattering combination of all three, mixed with another sound--something almost, but not quite, human.

This book had everything I needed this week in a horror: Monsters both human and creature, an empathic and intelligent heroine, bone-chilling isolation, and bit of cannon-fodder. The author expe
Jul 30, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2022
oh no what a let down
Stay Fetters
Nov 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mattie didn’t believe in happy endings. She didn’t even believe in happy middles. It was only at the beginning part of the story, when you were young and didn’t know any better, that you could be happy and carefree. Once life piled up on you, happiness was impossible."

My first experience with a book written by Christina Henry was this one. I've had many people tell me that it was an odd choice for my first time but I can't say no to something with a creepy cover and an even more bone-chilling s
Angela Staudt
Jul 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Near the Bone is a truly terrifying book. I didn’t know what I was expecting going in, and after reading the first few chapters I was confused how it was going to be a horror book. All of that changed real quick and soon I was scared to read this book at night. Mattie and her husband, William, live literally on top of a huge mountain and Mattie hasn’t seen people in years. Things start to change as they realize some sort of monster has made its way up the mountain and is killing the animals. The ...more
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May 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Jumping into the story we run into Mattie as she’s on her way to check on some traps for food. You see, she lives in the woods with William, her husband. He is abusive AF not only physically but emotionally. He keeps Mattie down through beatings and physical labor. It’s his christian duty to keep his woman in check. UGH, William, what a douche! He is the worst. Poor Mattie lives in constant fear and torn to pieces. Every thought in her head is “but William will get mad”. It’s rough seeing life t ...more
Irene Well Worth A Read
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, horror
This was a heart pounding horror, set in a desolate cabin on a snow covered mountain where one woman tries to survive more than one kind of monster.

Mattie knows no other kind of life than being beaten and abused while spending her days working on her never ending chores in an attempt to avoid the brutal punishments her "husband" will mete out if everything is not done to his satisfaction. Mattie has not seen or spoken to another living soul but William for what she estimates to be about 12 years
Jul 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-gothic
Finally a horror book I can get behind. It wasn’t perfect, but I feel like that’s more on the synopsis for being misleading. I was sure, for some reason, that the book would center a lot more on the creature horror instead of on the husband horror. Sometimes it ended up being repetitive and slow-moving when Mattie was thinking about her husband, what she had lived with him and what he’d do to her if she’d done something he didn’t like. At the same time I think the abusive plot was done so realis ...more
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CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the CHRONICLES OF ALICE duology, ALICE and RED QUEEN, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and B

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