Based on all the other reviews, I was looking forward to reading this. The Extreme Horror subgenre is full of excellent work by some amazing talent--Wrath James White, Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, and J.F. Gonzalez to name a few. In my opinion, Edward Lorn's THE SOUND OF BROKEN BONES does not measure up. While his skill at writing is acceptable, it's the two dimensional characters that weaken the story. Motivations are so stretched that they read as random and unbelievable. To me, and I remind you that this is only my opinion, the issues of misogyny and homophobia feel shoe-horned in. The power of these topics in our culture is worth exploring, show us in an unflinching eye the true horror of these extreme examples of hate, but here in this book they feel leveraged solely for shock value and with zero substantive purpose. I don't mind characters that I feel loathing for, that make me mad at how awful they are as human beings, but you lose me when their actions stem from ludicrous motivations and ham-fisted plotting. I found myself having a difficult time picking the book up once I'd set it down. Each time I started back in, I'd soon be rolling my eyes again. Well, at least I finally powered through it.