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Amazon Charts bestselling author Vivian Barz pits Susan Marlan and Eric Evans against a new menacing adversary in this suspenseful sequel to her acclaimed debut, Forgotten Bones. Two months have passed, and the horrors of Death Farm still torment police officer Susan Marlan and college professor Eric Evans. Susan struggles to regain her zeal for fighting crime, while Er Amazon Charts bestselling author Vivian Barz pits Susan Marlan and Eric Evans against a new menacing adversary in this suspenseful sequel to her acclaimed debut, Forgotten Bones. Two months have passed, and the horrors of Death Farm still torment police officer Susan Marlan and college professor Eric Evans. Susan struggles to regain her zeal for fighting crime, while Eric is slowly coming to terms with his newfound “gift” of seeing the dead.Seeking much-needed rest, Susan and Eric follow their musician friend Jake and his band to Washington State. But once they reach the cheerless town of Clancy, Eric’s murderous visions start again. Something seems wrong about the town and its aloof citizens—and suspicions turn to dread when members of Jake’s band go missing.Eric, Susan, and Jake search deep in the dark forest of the Olympic Peninsula, where many have disappeared. But the harder they search, the less cooperative the locals become. As the case begins looking more like a murder investigation, the trio must work together to locate the lost and uncover chilling town secrets buried in the darkest of places.


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Amazon Charts bestselling author Vivian Barz pits Susan Marlan and Eric Evans against a new menacing adversary in this suspenseful sequel to her acclaimed debut, Forgotten Bones. Two months have passed, and the horrors of Death Farm still torment police officer Susan Marlan and college professor Eric Evans. Susan struggles to regain her zeal for fighting crime, while Er Amazon Charts bestselling author Vivian Barz pits Susan Marlan and Eric Evans against a new menacing adversary in this suspenseful sequel to her acclaimed debut, Forgotten Bones. Two months have passed, and the horrors of Death Farm still torment police officer Susan Marlan and college professor Eric Evans. Susan struggles to regain her zeal for fighting crime, while Eric is slowly coming to terms with his newfound “gift” of seeing the dead.Seeking much-needed rest, Susan and Eric follow their musician friend Jake and his band to Washington State. But once they reach the cheerless town of Clancy, Eric’s murderous visions start again. Something seems wrong about the town and its aloof citizens—and suspicions turn to dread when members of Jake’s band go missing.Eric, Susan, and Jake search deep in the dark forest of the Olympic Peninsula, where many have disappeared. But the harder they search, the less cooperative the locals become. As the case begins looking more like a murder investigation, the trio must work together to locate the lost and uncover chilling town secrets buried in the darkest of places.

30 review for Hidden Bones

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joy E Perry

    #NetGalley #ThomasandMercer #HiddenBones "Careful, it sounds like you’re starting to drink the Kool-Aid,” Hidden Bones by Vivian Barz was an ok read. I thought it was written pretty well and flowed easily from one page to the next once it started moving. There were the main characters: Susan, a police officer, Eric, a psychic professor, and Jake, a former student of the professor. I enjoyed how the main characters worked together to solve the mystery. I thought they interacted on a personal level. #NetGalley #ThomasandMercer #HiddenBones "Careful, it sounds like you’re starting to drink the Kool-Aid,” Hidden Bones by Vivian Barz was an ok read. I thought it was written pretty well and flowed easily from one page to the next once it started moving. There were the main characters: Susan, a police officer, Eric, a psychic professor, and Jake, a former student of the professor. I enjoyed how the main characters worked together to solve the mystery. I thought they interacted on a personal level. I liked the setting, in a town called Clancy, in rural Washington. I found it quite interesting, and frankly kind of creepy how the townspeople were so unwelcoming to them. I also really enjoyed the character Eric who was just beginning to come to accept his 'psychic' gift. With that being said, this one did not do it for me. I felt it had so much potential but ultimately fell kind of flat. Overall, I would recommend Hidden Bones, by Vivian Barz to mystery lovers who enjoy a light and easy quick read. It was just not for me. This was my first book by the author and I would be willing to try another.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie Griffith Buckley

    Hidden Bones is worth reading, but with a caveat. If you, like me, don't believe in psychics, you will have to suspend your disbelief. One of the main characters, Eric Evans, is a schizophrenic with psychic tendencies. In Hidden Bones, Eric, a college professor, and his girlfriend, Susan, a police officer, join Eric's former student, Jake and his band, on a trip to Seattle where they are doing a gig. For Eric and Susan it is a mini vacation away from Perrick, California, where some truly disturb Hidden Bones is worth reading, but with a caveat. If you, like me, don't believe in psychics, you will have to suspend your disbelief. One of the main characters, Eric Evans, is a schizophrenic with psychic tendencies. In Hidden Bones, Eric, a college professor, and his girlfriend, Susan, a police officer, join Eric's former student, Jake and his band, on a trip to Seattle where they are doing a gig. For Eric and Susan it is a mini vacation away from Perrick, California, where some truly disturbing things happened to them in the first book in this series. For Jake it is a chance to visit Clancy, Washington, where the band has an on-the-way gig, because it is where his beloved Dylan Kincaid spy thrillers are set. When they reach Clancy, however, they find a very strange town. People in Clancy seem to dislike outsiders. There are many empty houses. Most businesses have closed. There no people on the streets. Jake's band performs, and although they are becoming nationally well known, the response is less than ecstatic. The next morning, Eric and Susan decide to go for a hike before they head for Seattle.. As they are hiking, Eric has an out of body experience in which he sees a murder from the point of view of the man being killed. Things go downhill quickly from there for Eric, Susan and Jake. Will they be able to leave Clancy with their lives? Who is behind the strange things going on in the small, desolate town? Hidden Bones is a slightly above average mystery. Bartz writes well enough; I would read another of her books. Her characters are reasonably well developed, especially Eric, whose schizophrenia and psychic abilities are explored to some extent. The plot will keep you turning pages, if you can suspend any disbelief you may have. So, 3.5 stars. Recommended, with caveats. Thank you to Vivian Bartz, Thomas & Mercer, and NetGalley for the ARC of Hidden Bones in return for this honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Heaton

    Hidden Bones Review 2 stars. Vivian Barz’ thriller has some interesting ideas and dark, horror-influenced sequences but is let down by clunky dialogue and unconvincing characters. Hidden Bones starts with an excellently chilly prologue where a corpse is hidden beneath the roots of a tree. This opening sets the tone well and helps establish some key plot points about a sinister crime organisation. The first couple of chapters build on this strong start and allude to the events of the previous book Hidden Bones Review 2 stars. Vivian Barz’ thriller has some interesting ideas and dark, horror-influenced sequences but is let down by clunky dialogue and unconvincing characters. Hidden Bones starts with an excellently chilly prologue where a corpse is hidden beneath the roots of a tree. This opening sets the tone well and helps establish some key plot points about a sinister crime organisation. The first couple of chapters build on this strong start and allude to the events of the previous book in the series in a way that is not too jarring for readers like myself who approached Hidden Bones as a stand-alone novel. Barz has crafted an intriguing plot featuring a missing person case and the story jumps between a number of subplots which help keep the narrative engaging. However, the rising tension is often undermined by the characters making stupid jokes that seem out of place given the stressful situation that they are in. Additionally, too many chapters in the middle of the book feature unnatural dialogue where characters stand around and explain the plot to each other. The descriptions of the scenary are elegantly written but the dialogue routinely ruins the atmosphere. An early example of this is Chapter 5 where a sinister mood is created through the behaviour of the locals in the town of Clancy. The tone is abruptly ruined by the characters commenting on how unsafe the town is for tourists. I would have preferred it if the writer trusted the reader to be able to make inferences from the descriptions rather than have the characters tell the audience how they should be feeling at every point in the story. The dialogue so frustrating because it lets down the parts of the story which are genuinely great. Eric has psychic powers and although this supernatural element is introduced in a slightly over-the-top way for people who are unfamiliar with the series so far, his horrifying visions are a real highlight of the novel. Hidden Bones has some major flaws in terms of its dialogue and uninteresting characters but the fast-paced plot and well written descriptions kept me mostly engaged throughout the story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexsis

    Susan and Eric follow their musician friend Jake and his band to Washington State. But once they reach the cheerless town of Clancy, Eric’s murderous visions start again. Something seems wrong about the town and its aloof citizens—and suspicions turn to dread when members of Jake’s band go missing. Eric, Susan, and Jake search deep in the dark forest of the Olympic Peninsula, where many have disappeared. But the harder they search, the less cooperative the locals become. As the case begins lookin Susan and Eric follow their musician friend Jake and his band to Washington State. But once they reach the cheerless town of Clancy, Eric’s murderous visions start again. Something seems wrong about the town and its aloof citizens—and suspicions turn to dread when members of Jake’s band go missing. Eric, Susan, and Jake search deep in the dark forest of the Olympic Peninsula, where many have disappeared. But the harder they search, the less cooperative the locals become. As the case begins looking more like a murder investigation, the trio must work together to locate the lost and uncover chilling town secrets buried in the darkest of places. The book started off so good! The prologue had me hooked but it just went downhill from there. This is the second book in this series and is NOT a standalone. I was so lost on half of the stuff with Eric and Susan because there was literally no backstory to help from book one to two. I felt that the 'visions' and seeing the dead stuff either needed to be amplified or just taken away; I just didn't feel it enough. The story line was pretty good and if it had been written differently or more fully it would have been an incredible read. However, the end just left me hanging with the story. Like how was Gus in this whole thing? Who was the Sheriff's son? Where did Darla go? Or What happened to Darla? So many questions left unanswered.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Imagine having a gift for seeing the dead? Kind of creepy but nevertheless it's unique. Now imagine a chilly prologue with a corpse beneath a tree alluding to a previous work with a strong underlying tone that set the pace. The deeply dark and disturbing scenery also helped solidify the case with Eric's murderous horrifying visions. Locating the lost and uncovering the secrets is like opening Pandora's box because many of the locals aren't talkative. What may become of this trio set up for justice i Imagine having a gift for seeing the dead? Kind of creepy but nevertheless it's unique. Now imagine a chilly prologue with a corpse beneath a tree alluding to a previous work with a strong underlying tone that set the pace. The deeply dark and disturbing scenery also helped solidify the case with Eric's murderous horrifying visions. Locating the lost and uncovering the secrets is like opening Pandora's box because many of the locals aren't talkative. What may become of this trio set up for justice is anyone's guess but it's a rapid fire design that's sure to entice the senses to the reader's delight. Thank you to Vivian, the pub, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristin (Always With a Book)

    Review to come

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Story

    No..just no I am sorry..I hate to sy this,but the book was..not good, told badly and hard to read..intellectually simple..sorry I really wanted to like it

  8. 4 out of 5

    Teri Griffis

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was such a disappointment! I have not read book #1 so I don't know if that affected my opinion. This book is wordy and skips all over place, unable to keep track of what's happening when and with whom. I'm sure there are others in the reading world that will make up for my dislike. I WAS UNABLE TO FINISH THIS BOOK! 📚

  9. 4 out of 5

    Owl._.

    This is book 2 in the series (I read and reviewed book 1 previously on netgalley). Sad to say, this one didn’t do it for me. Whether I’ve read too much between book 1 and 2, or I forgot too much of book 1 ... I didn’t care for the characters at all this time. The paranormal aspect was too much - it seemed irrelevant - just something added that was unnecessary. It didn’t really add any dynamic to the characters or the storyline, if anything, it took away from the story. That being said, I think th This is book 2 in the series (I read and reviewed book 1 previously on netgalley). Sad to say, this one didn’t do it for me. Whether I’ve read too much between book 1 and 2, or I forgot too much of book 1 ... I didn’t care for the characters at all this time. The paranormal aspect was too much - it seemed irrelevant - just something added that was unnecessary. It didn’t really add any dynamic to the characters or the storyline, if anything, it took away from the story. That being said, I think the story itself has lots of potential. I figured out the villain early on so not much of a surprise there, Unfortunately, for me, this book was just ok. I probably will not continue to read this series. Can’t like them all. Thank you #netgalley and #thomasandmercer for the eARC.

  10. 5 out of 5

    darin chew

    Two months have passed, and the horrors of Death Farm still torment police officer Susan Marlan and college professor Eric Evans. Susan struggles to regain her zeal for fighting crime, while Eric is slowly coming to terms with his newfound “gift” of seeing the dead. Seeking much-needed rest, Susan and Eric follow their musician friend Jake and his band to Washington State. But once they reach the cheerless town of Clancy, Eric’s murderous visions start again. Something seems wrong about the town Two months have passed, and the horrors of Death Farm still torment police officer Susan Marlan and college professor Eric Evans. Susan struggles to regain her zeal for fighting crime, while Eric is slowly coming to terms with his newfound “gift” of seeing the dead. Seeking much-needed rest, Susan and Eric follow their musician friend Jake and his band to Washington State. But once they reach the cheerless town of Clancy, Eric’s murderous visions start again. Something seems wrong about the town and its aloof citizens, and suspicions turn to dread when members of Jake’s band go missing. Eric, Susan, and Jake search deep in the dark forest of the Olympic Peninsula, where many have disappeared. But the harder they search, the less cooperative the locals become. As the case begins looking more like a murder investigation, the trio must work together to locate the lost and uncover chilling town secrets buried in the darkest of places. This is the second book in the Dead Remaining series, I loved the premise of it when I read the first one and this one was on par with that one. It starts off a little slow like the first book but I really liked it. A few twists I didn't see coming and I like the growth the 2 main characters showed in this book. I also have a soft spot for Jake, hoping he continues throughout the series! You don't have to read the first one to enjoy this one but it will help with a few references, i.e. The Death Farm. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Just as with Forgotten Bones, Hidden Bones draws you in from the first page. It had been a while since I read the first book in this series, but Ms. Barz makes sure you are kept up to speed without being heavy handed about it, which is quite refreshing. There is no long spiel about how in the previous book this, this and this happened, but it is gracefully weaved into the story organically. And speaking of organic, the writing, itself, is spectacular. The descriptions make you feel as if you are Just as with Forgotten Bones, Hidden Bones draws you in from the first page. It had been a while since I read the first book in this series, but Ms. Barz makes sure you are kept up to speed without being heavy handed about it, which is quite refreshing. There is no long spiel about how in the previous book this, this and this happened, but it is gracefully weaved into the story organically. And speaking of organic, the writing, itself, is spectacular. The descriptions make you feel as if you are in the moment with the characters Jake, Susan, and Eric. I felt completely immersed while reading! There were also unintentional Easter eggs to my own background in there which were very fun! Getting to understand and know the places spoken of in the novel really brought me into it that much more! Eric, in this novel, seems like he is getting a handle on his ability. He is not as afraid of it as he was in Forgotten Bones which is amazing! So often, people may be inclined to fall back into the trope of fear and anguish when experiencing something new, but in Hidden Bones, he is written with care along with his fear. He does not use his fear as a crutch, but a motivation. Susan is the kind of badass I aspire to be. She knows her shit and calls people out on theirs whenever she sees it, even if it puts her in an awkward position. She has trauma she is healing from, but, again, does not use that trauma as a crutch to fall back on. She is actively trying to push through it. Jake is my favorite. His sarcasm kills me every time he talks, and his love of his friends and his music give him a beautifully human aspect to his personality. He is well rounded and endearing. I would love to have him as a friend! The plot was fantastic. It felt too short, only because I wanted to stay in the world longer, though the story itself played out in just the right amount of space. Pacing was excellent! I felt on the edge of my seat from the beginning, especially when the dark stuff started happening! It was almost as if I was watching a movie while reading it, though far better and far more intricate than a movie like this could be. Each moment was so full of a charged energy, even in the more peaceful and fun moments, that electricity was still there, which was, in my opinion, phenomenal. In any kind of thriller book, I want to be forced in that uncomfortable, uneasy emotion. Genuinely, I adored this book and cannot wait until the next Dead Remaining book comes out! Congratulations to Vivian for her beautiful book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Avidlyreading Books

    *** ARC provided by Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *** Chuck, Madison and Jake are all part of a music band. Susan is a local cop and Eric is a professor at the community college. Eric is a clairvoyant/schizophrenic who aided in the investigation of the death farm and has received a lot of attention based on this. He is offered a respite by his music band friends to go on tour with them for the summer. Susan has received a lot of harrassment because of Eric's death f *** ARC provided by Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *** Chuck, Madison and Jake are all part of a music band. Susan is a local cop and Eric is a professor at the community college. Eric is a clairvoyant/schizophrenic who aided in the investigation of the death farm and has received a lot of attention based on this. He is offered a respite by his music band friends to go on tour with them for the summer. Susan has received a lot of harrassment because of Eric's death farm/clairvoyant involvement so she is up for the road trip. This story is filled with characters ranging from a cop to a clairvoyant to a music band all wrapped up in a small town with sketchy townspeople who are hiding a secret. When two of their friends go missing, the remaining three band together and use their skills to combat a crooked cop, shady mayor and sketchy ranger all wrapped around townspeople who are either 'with' them or too scared to go against them. There’s action packed in every chapter of this book and it’s awesome; there’s never a dull moment. I would definitely read more of Barz’s stories and highly recommend this one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Woods

    Hidden Bones is my first book by this author and is the second book in a series but I did not have trouble catching up with the gist of the original story. On leave after a horrible past case, police officer Susan Marlan and college professor Eric Evans are looking for a good time by following their friend's band to a small town called Clancy for a concert. Eric is struggling to decide if he believes in his psychic like premonitions or to contribute the things he sees to his schizophrenia. The t Hidden Bones is my first book by this author and is the second book in a series but I did not have trouble catching up with the gist of the original story. On leave after a horrible past case, police officer Susan Marlan and college professor Eric Evans are looking for a good time by following their friend's band to a small town called Clancy for a concert. Eric is struggling to decide if he believes in his psychic like premonitions or to contribute the things he sees to his schizophrenia. The town of Clancy is steeped in secrets and its people are not welcoming. The forest seems to make people disappear. The suspense is good and the story flows quickly but I find the ending annoying as all get out. The whodunit is so obvious its like watching the Scooby gang unmask the bad guy for the protagonists to finally figure it all out, not real great for a hotshot cop and a psychic. Overall, I liked the characters but I wished the psychic bit was played up a bit more but I would read more in this series. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jose

    Hidden Bones was a thrilling and easy to follow book. However, unlike the first book, Forgotten Bones, this one was more thriller/crime and less creepy/supernatural. Still, it was an enjoyable read was hard to put down. Vivian Barz does a good job giving you just enough information to keep you reading from chapter to chapter, and she has made characters that are likable. Susan, and Eric make a great team, and the addition of Jake and his quick wit make the book much more enjoyable. The books does Hidden Bones was a thrilling and easy to follow book. However, unlike the first book, Forgotten Bones, this one was more thriller/crime and less creepy/supernatural. Still, it was an enjoyable read was hard to put down. Vivian Barz does a good job giving you just enough information to keep you reading from chapter to chapter, and she has made characters that are likable. Susan, and Eric make a great team, and the addition of Jake and his quick wit make the book much more enjoyable. The books does have its flaws, much like the first one; some predictability and a bit of a slow start, but nothing too big to make me walk away from the book. I also wish Eric’s “powers” were more present in this book (something that hooked me in the first one), and that there was more supernatural occurrences outside of Eric's gift, which we got a taste of at the end. But at the end of the day, it was an entertaining read, worth investing time in if you’re looking for something fun and easy to read. I cannot wait to see what Susan and Eric (and maybe Jake?), will come up against in the third book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lonny Johnson

    This is an interesting psychic mystery. Eric is a schizophrenic who in the first book in the series, "Forgotten Bones", begins to have visions of the dead. He has difficulty separating his ability from his disease. In "Hidden Bones" he has come to grips with his visions, but is extremely cautious about revealing them. He only really trusts his new girlfriend Susan. She is a police officer who has seen his ability work, yet still has doubts. She knows there is something there, she just doesn't qu This is an interesting psychic mystery. Eric is a schizophrenic who in the first book in the series, "Forgotten Bones", begins to have visions of the dead. He has difficulty separating his ability from his disease. In "Hidden Bones" he has come to grips with his visions, but is extremely cautious about revealing them. He only really trusts his new girlfriend Susan. She is a police officer who has seen his ability work, yet still has doubts. She knows there is something there, she just doesn't quite know how to deal with it. Ms. Barz keeps a nice balance between the paranormal and straight mystery parts of her book, not letting either take over the story. Although there are clear differences, this reminds me of the television show "Perception" which I enjoyed. I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it if you like your mystery with a slight twist of the paranormal. I look forward to reading the next in the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Schizophrenia, crazy or seeing the dead? I had not read book one, and apparently I am one of the few who had issues. I was lost. Then as I started grasping the premise and plot I enjoyed it much more. Still got lost on all the faces and people, I had to reread some sections a couple of times. I didn't guess the ring leader but I did guess one of her helpers, it was just to obvious to me, following under the two good to be true. It did pull on some heart strings when we find out more about the Sh Schizophrenia, crazy or seeing the dead? I had not read book one, and apparently I am one of the few who had issues. I was lost. Then as I started grasping the premise and plot I enjoyed it much more. Still got lost on all the faces and people, I had to reread some sections a couple of times. I didn't guess the ring leader but I did guess one of her helpers, it was just to obvious to me, following under the two good to be true. It did pull on some heart strings when we find out more about the Sheriff and how that played out. I am curious if the next book will play out more about Susan, and if Eric heps out. That being said I would read book 3. There was potential for me. Thank you Thomas and Mercer, NetGalley and Vivian Barz for the arc, expanding my world. I freely volunteer my thoughts and opinions.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Salome G

    This book series already has one of my favorite features for a thriller--a splash of the supernatural. And then with this book, Vivian Barz adds another favorite--the strange small town. Although the explanation for all the weirdness turns out to be pretty mundane, that just makes it more believable. What wasn't believable to me is that Eric and Susan repeated a mistake they made in the last book. It made the denouement a little painful, like, come ON guys. But that doesn't mean I'm not looking This book series already has one of my favorite features for a thriller--a splash of the supernatural. And then with this book, Vivian Barz adds another favorite--the strange small town. Although the explanation for all the weirdness turns out to be pretty mundane, that just makes it more believable. What wasn't believable to me is that Eric and Susan repeated a mistake they made in the last book. It made the denouement a little painful, like, come ON guys. But that doesn't mean I'm not looking forward to seeing them again. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for supplying this copy for review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leah Hines

    This second book in the series sees Eric and Susan on a road trip with Jake and his band. They end up in a small town that gives new definition to the word creepy. When a couple members of the band go missing things ratchet up. The tension and suspense surrounding the mystery is fast paced and the locals all look guilty. There were a couple twists I didn't see coming. There has been a lot of character growth since book one. I really enjoyed the fact that Jake was featured more in this story. Eri This second book in the series sees Eric and Susan on a road trip with Jake and his band. They end up in a small town that gives new definition to the word creepy. When a couple members of the band go missing things ratchet up. The tension and suspense surrounding the mystery is fast paced and the locals all look guilty. There were a couple twists I didn't see coming. There has been a lot of character growth since book one. I really enjoyed the fact that Jake was featured more in this story. Eric isn't bogged down by his past with his ex. Seeing Susan grapple with the reality of her last case and the fallout made her more relatable. I'm looking forward to seeing where things go next.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    I did like this book just not as much as book 1. You really need to read book 1 to be able to know about both Eric and Susan and what happened to them in book 1. I happy to know they are still together and working through everything. They decide to take a little vacation and watch Jake's band on the road. The vacation brings them to a strange small town. I think if Susan joins the FBI her stories will be a lot more interesting. I feel this is a book that is going to bridge book one to what is to I did like this book just not as much as book 1. You really need to read book 1 to be able to know about both Eric and Susan and what happened to them in book 1. I happy to know they are still together and working through everything. They decide to take a little vacation and watch Jake's band on the road. The vacation brings them to a strange small town. I think if Susan joins the FBI her stories will be a lot more interesting. I feel this is a book that is going to bridge book one to what is to come for Eric and Susan. Still and enjoyable and interesting book. I really look forward to the next book. *I received a copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.*

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    I picked up this book without realizing that it was the second in a series. The storyline frequently referenced events at Death Farm and I waited for an explanation which never came. Now I realize that the Death Farm events took place in a previous book but I think there could have been some recap for a reader new to the series. The partnership between Susan and Eric seemed more professional than romantic to me, so I had a hard time finding that aspect believable. On the positive side, I found th I picked up this book without realizing that it was the second in a series. The storyline frequently referenced events at Death Farm and I waited for an explanation which never came. Now I realize that the Death Farm events took place in a previous book but I think there could have been some recap for a reader new to the series. The partnership between Susan and Eric seemed more professional than romantic to me, so I had a hard time finding that aspect believable. On the positive side, I found the story interesting and the twists were unexpected. Things wrapped up cleanly, though there is still a possibility for future spinoffs, which I would try reading.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cherry London

    Extremely intense and a wee bit grisly, well written with great characters and an electrifying storyline. It seems like poor Eric is not only slow on picking up clues but he is also a reluctant medium, he sees and talks to dead people. Poor fella thinks he’s going nuts, what a hoot. He and his friends have landed smacked dab into a town from the twilight zone, where the drug kingpin rules with brutal and deadly force. Folks have been disappearing in this creepy hallow, but when Eric and Susan’s Extremely intense and a wee bit grisly, well written with great characters and an electrifying storyline. It seems like poor Eric is not only slow on picking up clues but he is also a reluctant medium, he sees and talks to dead people. Poor fella thinks he’s going nuts, what a hoot. He and his friends have landed smacked dab into a town from the twilight zone, where the drug kingpin rules with brutal and deadly force. Folks have been disappearing in this creepy hallow, but when Eric and Susan’s friends disappear, things started to get even scarier. What a gripping ride, the thrill factors will keep you on your toes and biting your nails, a great read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    I haven't read previous books and i didn't realize that it's a series.. but i liked that i could read it without needing to read previous books, of course I would love to read the previous one so I can understand better some reference in this book. Definitely it would be nice if the author would give little bit more information about previous cases in the next books. It's easier to have more reader's if they feel that they don't need to read every book by the author. Still the book was good,it g I haven't read previous books and i didn't realize that it's a series.. but i liked that i could read it without needing to read previous books, of course I would love to read the previous one so I can understand better some reference in this book. Definitely it would be nice if the author would give little bit more information about previous cases in the next books. It's easier to have more reader's if they feel that they don't need to read every book by the author. Still the book was good,it grab me from the start.. good story, a lot of twists "charming" characters that you can follow easy and interesting ending. Big thank you to NetGalley and the publisher

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    I think I would have enjoyed this more had I read the first book. Susan, a police officer, and Eric, a college professor with mental health issues and an ability to see the dead, think they are going to have a nice relaxing break when they join their friend Jake and his band on a road trip of sorts to Washington State. Unfortunately, once they get to Clancy, Eric starts to see things, Jake's mates disappear, and well, the story got a little nuts for me. Those who have read the first book likely I think I would have enjoyed this more had I read the first book. Susan, a police officer, and Eric, a college professor with mental health issues and an ability to see the dead, think they are going to have a nice relaxing break when they join their friend Jake and his band on a road trip of sorts to Washington State. Unfortunately, once they get to Clancy, Eric starts to see things, Jake's mates disappear, and well, the story got a little nuts for me. Those who have read the first book likely will be pleased to see these characters develop but I kept feeling as though I was missing something. Thanks to Netgalley for the Arc. A rare pass from me but you might feel differently.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This book may be a bit hard to understand at first for those who don’t realize that this is part of a series. I’ll admit that this was why I selected this book after being reeled in from Kindle First a year ago when I picked the first one. Of course I had to know what was next. I was left a bit let down. The mystery was great but I didn’t need the inclusion of a third person to this crime fighting duo. It was still a good read and fun for those who love mystery series such as this one. Thank you This book may be a bit hard to understand at first for those who don’t realize that this is part of a series. I’ll admit that this was why I selected this book after being reeled in from Kindle First a year ago when I picked the first one. Of course I had to know what was next. I was left a bit let down. The mystery was great but I didn’t need the inclusion of a third person to this crime fighting duo. It was still a good read and fun for those who love mystery series such as this one. Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This book may be a bit hard to understand at first for those who don’t realize that this is part of a series. I’ll admit that this was why I selected this book after being reeled in from Kindle First a year ago when I picked the first one. Of course I had to know what was next. I was left a bit let down. The mystery was great but I didn’t need the inclusion of a third person to this crime fighting duo. It was still a good read and fun for those who love mystery series such as this one. Thank you This book may be a bit hard to understand at first for those who don’t realize that this is part of a series. I’ll admit that this was why I selected this book after being reeled in from Kindle First a year ago when I picked the first one. Of course I had to know what was next. I was left a bit let down. The mystery was great but I didn’t need the inclusion of a third person to this crime fighting duo. It was still a good read and fun for those who love mystery series such as this one. Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Maupin

    Book 2 No spoilers! But... Comparing book 1 to this (book 2), there was a noticeable lack of spine tingling. This storyline was straight missing pieces. Considering the characters, I was wanting more direct creepiness (though I understand that the questions were to remain unanswered till the end). I’m enjoying the romantic connection with our leads, and I see potential for great cases ahead. Maybe the next story will be just a step outside our character base so we get more clues to chew on.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Great story. Wish I would have read the first story in series before this one. Although the story is independent from the first it would have given more back ground into the characters. A three person band and a couple of friends head to a small town to play a set. Once they arrive they discover a very unfriendly reception. The town's people are almost hostile. Two of the band members have disappeared, along with quite a few towns people. What's going on in third-party little town.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Meryl

    Kept me interested and entertained. Eric and Susan are on a road trip with their friend Jake's band when things start to get out of hand. The town of Clancy is derelict and the locals are very unfriendly.... Soon Eric is questioning his sanity, two in the group go missing and local law enforcement are not quite as they seem.. I think it helps to have read Forgotten Bones first though to help provide background.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Randi

    A fair series. Nothing I'm crazy about, but it is a satisfy read. I actually fell asleep listening to the audiobook and was still able to understand the story when I woke up an hour later. I like the mystery part of the book, but the paranormal side just didn't work for me. Dont get me wrong, I like reading books that have paranormal/crazy stuff but I wasn't fully expecting it when I picked up this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Hidden Bones Two months after the events at Death Farm Eric and Susan are trying to come to terms with what happened. The couple agree to go with Jake and his group but discover that Clancy one of the town's they are playing in is not what it seems. Oh boy I so loved this book. It was easy to read and I found it impossible to put down as it was so gripping. I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series. Highly recommended.

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