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Bone by Bone | [Carol O'Connell]

Bone by Bone

In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until 20 years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact. And it is not the first such object, his father tells him.
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Publisher's Summary

In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until 20 years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact. And it is not the first such object, his father tells him. Other remains have been left these as well. Josh is coming home...bone by bone.

Using all of his investigative skills, Oren sets out to solve the mystery of his brother's murder, but Coventry is a town full of secrets and secret-keepers; the housekeeper with the fugitive past, the deputy with an old grudge, the reclusive ex-cop from LA, the woman with the title of town monster and, not least of all, Oren himself.

But the greatest secret of all belonged to his brother, and it is only by unraveling it that Oren can begin to discover the truth that has haunted them all for 20 years.

©2009 Carol O'Connell; (P)2009 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 02-01-09
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 02-01-09 Member Since 2012

    Holly

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    "Average Mystery"

    Oren returns to his hometown of Coventry after a long hiatus. He returns at the request of Hannah Rice, the woman who raised him and his brother Joshua. The reader learns that Oren left at the insistance of his father 20 years before after the murder of his brother. The set up occurs within the first few chapters, which is a nice feature of the plot. We learn about most of the characters early on, but beware. There are a lot of them. The author uses some detective work to solve the mystery, but relies more upon Hannah's intuition and use of an occult device called a "witch board" which we discover has become a popular tourist activity since the murder of Josh. Threaded throughout the book is a long-standing love/hate affair between Oren and a "summer girl" named Isabel, whose parents live in Coventry. This relationship is odd and is unrealistic. Several times Isabel tries to kill Oren and no one in the town seems to think this is any big deal. The relationship is used as a vehicle to connect groups of characters who may or may not be involved in the murder. The spying on one another and the gossip stereotypic of small towns is threaded throughout the story, as is Oren's unlikely relationships with the women in the town. The ending is as unlikely as other elements of the story, although the mystery itself was good enough. What makes elements of the story unrealistic is the absolute disregard anyone in the town has for breaking the law. Even Oren, an affable young man, acts strangely in the end and no one seems to find this odd. The book is read well and the writing is good. But in the end, the story doesn't stick with you and I found myself wondering if I liked the book or not. Such a lack of opinion one way or another is a curious reaction so read it and see what you think.

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    02-05-10
    02-05-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Good listen"

    Really enjoyed this one. I recommend it and will look for more from this author.

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    Helen 05-08-09
    Helen 05-08-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Poor Story, Poor Narrator"

    For her next audiobook, I think the author could choose a better narrator. This one was a cross between Mr. Howell on Gilligan's Island, Barny Fyffe on the Andy Griffith Show, and the church lady from SNL. Not only that, but the plot is dumb. The main character was supposed to be an ex-CID man from the Army, but he sounded not only by the narrator, but by the author, to be in high school. There was no credibility. I will probably not waste my money on another book by this author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah willimantic, CT, United States 04-14-09
    Sarah willimantic, CT, United States 04-14-09
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    "Okay story, lousy reader"

    This story kept my interest, although I wouldn't say it was good. At times it bordered on ridiculous, but it was mostly enjoyable. The reader was the big problem. His voices were awful - either overly pompous, overly dramatic or they just sound plain crazy. He is particularly bad at reading women. Evelyn sounded like a drag queen and Sally like a creepy midwestern lunatic. Probably better to read this one in hard copy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leisa High Point, NC, United States 03-06-14
    Leisa High Point, NC, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm a 50ish mom of 2 wonderful young men and work as tech support in a public middle school. I love reading with an eclectic choice of books

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    "Enjoyed the characters."

    I love authors who can write characters that you can see and feel like you know. I felt like I met these people. Also didn't figure out the murderer, I love that. A surprise at the end is always a great gift.
    The narrator is a bit slow but i think it's just his voice. I didn't dislike him, it was just different.

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    Valerie Marietta, GA, United States 01-07-14
    Valerie Marietta, GA, United States 01-07-14

    I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol..

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    "Disappointed!"

    I listen to carol O' Connell book Chalk girl and I loved it! But this wasnt so good I dont recommend at all!

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    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 08-26-12
    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2011

    I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!

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    i feel like this book is probably a 4 or 5 with most mystery lovers. but i just can't ! normally i like this author's writings. the book has all the things a good mystery needs, good plot, good characters and lots of twists and turns. i had great expectation, i thought for sure it would get at least 4 if not 5 stars. but it just never got there. i kept wanting to skip foreword but didn't as that is not to the writer. but from beginning to end, it just seemed to drag. i think mine will be a minority ratting so you may want to read other reviews or just read it for yourself to see what you think.

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    Nolan Howe Lathrop, CA United States 08-04-12
    Nolan Howe Lathrop, CA United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I really enjoyed the story and the performance and was sad that it didn't last longer.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, the mystery is very compelling and right up to the end you're not sure who the guilty party or parties might be.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Describing it would ruin the surprise.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I hate this question....


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book to be compelling and full of characters that I cared about. I was genuinely disappointed to find that this is a one off and not part of a series.

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    Tabitha 05-31-12
    Tabitha 05-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story"

    The first time I tried listening to this I had a hard time getting into it. But when I picked it back up a couple of months later, I stayed up all night listening. The mystery itself turned out not to be quite as interesting as I hoped, but the characters, intrigue, and scandal in the remote town more than made up for that!

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    Gaynell 05-12-12
    Gaynell 05-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Returning Home"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bone by Bone to be better than the print version?

    Do not know.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bone by Bone?

    balcony scene


    What does Benjamin Harris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Changing of voices as each character speaks


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    All Return Home


    Any additional comments?

    This story changes quickly and all are suspects in the mystery. Returning home can certainly change your life as different characters find out. Good mystery

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