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Near the Bone

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  106 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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Horror. Survival. Monster.

ARC received!!! Thank you so much, Berkley.

I love Henry's dark imagination. Give me more!
Charlotte May
If Christina Henry writes it then I will read it.
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 2021-release
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
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
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
Stephanie (That's What She Read)
Christina Henry's Near the Bone blends together fantastical monsters with very human ones. Mattie lives in an isolated cabin with her husband William. She is not allowed to leave the cabin, and her life has been dictated by his religious fanaticism and abuse. After a strange creature makes its presence known and draws the attention of a group of cryptozoolologists, there is a lot of monsters Mattie has to overcome. The descriptions of domestic abuse might be triggering for some people. Mattie
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
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, e-books
I enjoyed this book. Though it does have some graphic domestic physical violence that may make some readers very uncomfortable. It also has all the classic horror elements to it with isolation and something stalking in the woods. The story kept me interested and reading at a pretty quick pace to find out what happened with Mattie.

I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
Becky Spratford
Feb 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Review in the April 2021 issue of Library Journal:

And on the blog [link live 4/5/21]:

Three Words That Describe This Book: disturbing, compelling, creature feature

Draft Review:

Mattie lives off the grid in a cabin on the side of a mountain with her older, emotionally and physically abusive husband. She is clearly an unreliable narrator because she knows nothing of the outside world and has flashbacks to her past, me
The Reading Raccoon
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-as-an-arc
Near the Bone is a atmospheric horror novel about an isolated and abused young wife living a pioneer style lifestyle in a cabin on a snowy mountainside. Over the next three days her world will turn into a twisted nightmare as a large predator appears in the woods. With the monster comes other people and Mattie finds herself facing strangers for the first time in a decade.

Mattie lives with her much older husband in a cabin in the woods. Her life is dedicated to chores and following the strict de
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.

I recently finished The Ghost Tree by the same author and loved it, and I was so thrilled that I loved this one just as much! A sad and scary tale of domestic abuse twisted together with some creature horror. I thought this was very well done, though I did want just a little more of the creature part of the story. Also big trigger warning for some seriously upsetting domestic violence scenes. 4.5 stars.
Josh Hedgepeth
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The short version:
This was a solid book that was an absolute thrill to read. The characters are a little one dimensional, but it's a fun novel that would likely please fans of Stephen King. Imagine if you took a bunch of horror genres and mashed them together, and this is what you'd get. A man gone mad meets creature feature meets a survivalist tale.

The long version:
I read this in about a 9 hour period b
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Wow so this was dark and messed up! I don't even know where to begin with trigger warnings, frankly. So if you can't do dark and brutal, this isn't the book for you. But if you do enjoy darker fare, it's compulsively readable and impossible to put down.

Mattie is sequestered alone in a creepy cabin in the creepy woods with William, who is legit the grossest person in the whole world. I am
FV Angela
Apr 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, read-in-2021
Near the Bone is a quiet, slow-to-build horror story featuring monsters both human and fantastical. The main protagonist, Mattie, is a young woman living with her "husband" in the middle of nowhere. She's lived in terror of the repercussions of disobeying him for as long as she can remember, so she keeps her head down and follows her routines. Until they discover a monster on their mountain and three cryptozoologists show up to investigate.

I won't even go into content warnings, there are too ma
Steve Stred
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

Big thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for approving me to read this.

I’ve seen a number of people rave about Henry’s work over the last few years, but none of it really grabbed my interest. That is until I read the synopsis for ‘Near the Bone.’

If you’ve read any of my reviews or even my own work, you know that I LOVE anything based around the woods, snow and massive creatures. Henry could’ve pitched this to me with those five words if I worked
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Abuse, sexual abuse, controlling spouse

Christina Henry’s Near the Bone was without a doubt one of the most chilling reads I’ve ever read! There was so much horror to this novel and not all of it was monsters! I mentioned the trigger warnings forefront this time because this book is deeply seeded into some scary things. The book itself is still am
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
cw: This book contains graphic depictions of domestic abuse.

I don't even know where to begin! Let's start with the fact that I adored this book. Tight narrative, tense plot, absolutely terrifying. Author Christina Henry clearly knows how to write a horror novel.

The book is told through the eyes of Mattie, a young woman of indeterminate age. It begins as Mattie is checking traps for rabbits and finds a mutilated fox. She's confused - animals don't mutilate their prey, they consume it. But Mattie
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This could have been a really good creature horror book or a really good heavy issue book, but it suffered from combining the plots. I stayed invested to see how it all played out, but it never hit that true horror tone for me since Mattie is already so traumatized by William by the time the monster in the woods comes into play that all of her emotions seem muted. The descriptions and behavior of the monster were both creepy and intriguing, but so many of its actions and presence was indirect or ...more
Amy Walker  - Trans-Scribe Reviews
There's something about Christina Henry's books that make them really hard to put down, and Near The Bone is no exception. From the very first page to the heart pounding final pages, the book had me hooked.

The story follows Mattie, a young woman living in a remote mountain cabin deep in the woods with her husband William. William, who's much older than Mattie, is a harsh man, one who will only have his way and beats any kind of fight out of Mattie to achieve those ends. Because of this Mattie be
Lisa Wolf
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
There is a menacing, eerie feel to Near the Bone right from the start, and the cover absolutely nails it. Near the Bone is the story of Mattie, a 20-year-old woman living in isolation on a snowy mountain with her husband William. Mattie cooks, cleans, checks the snares — always under William’s watchful eye. Every night, she does her other wifely duties, because as William reminds her each day, a man has to have sons.

The plot bursts into action when Mattie finds the body of a fox on a trail near
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
The nitty-gritty: Henry's latest is a fast-paced suspense story with some very dark elements.

I had a lot of fun with this book! After having some issues with Christina Henry’s The Ghost Tree, I was a little worried going into Near the Bone. But it ended up working a lot better for me, I think mostly because it was a much more tightly focused story. If you’re a fan of horror stories that are set in remote snowy mountain locations, then you will probably enjoy this too. However, there are a couple
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Mar 31, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Are you hankering for something scary, but can’t decide whether you want a survival horror, creature feature, or a bloody slasher? Believe it or not, Near the Bone has elements from all of these to satisfy any mood, and what’s certain is that Christina Henry had only one goal in mind when writing this book: to put her readers constantly on edge.

Our protagonist is Mattie, a young woman who lives on the mountain with her h
Zoey Erby
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, thrillers, horror
*I was sent an ebook of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Okay I wanted to like this book, I really did. I didn't hate it, but I just could not vibe with it. It felt like the book was having an identity crisis. It couldn't decide if it wanted to be a domestic thriller with a big twist, or if it wanted to be a claustrophobic creature feature horror book. It tried to be both and it just didn't work out very well. You got two partially developed themes which both had poten
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Apr 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
I am really bummed about this but I do believe this will be my last attempt at reading Christina Henry, I need to just realize that she was a one hit wonder with me as out of the four books by her I have read I only loved Lost Boy.

Mattie lives with a horrible man who is very abusive and they live out in the mountains alone and he won't let her do much of anything. He does let her go check their traps where she found something strange. There was a dead animal with some very weird prints in the sn
Suranne Young
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of dark horror/fantasy
Shelves: favourites
this review contains spoilers.
the story follows Mattie, a young woman living an isolated life in a cabin on a mountain with her husband William. she cannot remember a time before her life with William but throughout the story she slowly starts to regain memories of her mother and sister.
when Mattie discovers a fox carcass she alerts William and they discover that there is a mysterious creature with them on the mountain that wasn't there before. we are never given an accurate description of the
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, paranormal
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Near the Bone is the story of Mattie, a young woman living alone on a mountain with her abusive, much older husband. Something isn’t right on the mountain. Something besides the abuse Mattie can never seem to escape. A new creature has made the mountain its home. It’s huge, a master at staying hidden, and far too intelligent to be a bear or any other average predat
Katie (Melting Pages)
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
My final rating is a 3.5.

This was good! Nothing groundbreaking, but still enjoyable. This was also the first book by this author that I’ve ever read and I would definitely try out some of the other books that she’s published after this one. I did read through this one quickly, and it did a good job of pulling me in.

Right from the very beginning, I guessed what happened to Mattie and why she was living in a cabin with William. I think if you’ve read many thrillers, or are a true crime fan it’ll b
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
I absolutely love Christina Henry. This is my fourth book, and new favorite, by her. I started this last night and finished this morning and I'm glad work took some of my attention after I was done so that I could sit with this for a bit.

As with all books I intend to read, I steer clear from reading any reviews so that I'm not influenced in any way with how I may feel. I can imagine that some people wanted more monster from this read and at first, I did too... but then I realize that there is P
What You Can’t See Can Kill You!

Christina Henry’s Near the Bone was my first of her works that I have picked up. I really enjoyed it! Which I am glad because there are quite a few other titles of hers that really interest me. First off, if you are a fan of Darcy Coates then you will probably love Christina Henry!

Near the Bone is a story shrouded in mystery that Henry slowly pulls back the veil inch by inch. Mattie, or Martha, is a young woman estranged from the rest of the world. She lives on a
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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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