Book Review: Near the Bone by Christina Henry


Title: Near the Bone

By: Christina Henry

Genre: Horror

Pages: 336

Release Date: April 13th, 2021

Publisher: Berkley Books

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

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 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 creature in the woods, Mattie knows their presence will anger William. Terrible things happen when William is angry.


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Queue creepy horror music. I absolutely love Christina Henry's writing style and am so glad she branched off from her normal horror retellings. She is amazing at putting together an enthralling story that really keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Right off the bat, I could tell there was something off with the relationship between Maddie and William, but I only had the small hints that Henry was dropping here and there. It was like a treasure hunt. Then... BAM! The plot thickens with a mysterious beast roaming the woods. Not only does Maddie have William to deal with, she has the beast as well. Queue third party drama and you have yourself a wonderfully complex plotline that seems to pull you in so many directions at once, but makes you feel oddly secure in your feelings.

I read this book in one day. Couldn't put it down. I will more than likely never go out into the woods again, or want to camp, but it was all worth it. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. 

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