“Bone Music” is original, well-written, emotionally engaging and very very threatening. It is all the things I want in a thriller but I can’t continue with it.
I was only 11% through this book when I set it aside, intending to get back to it when my mood lifted. That was three months ago and I haven’t been able to bring myself back to it.
I suspect that this will end up being a popular series with a remarkable heroine. The obstacle for me is that I’m at a point in the story where a woman who has survived childhood abduction and abuse, commercial exploitation by her father and all the nastiness associated with public notoriety in this peck-me-to-death-on-Twitter threaten-me-on-Instagram age and who has gone on to build a safe space for herself, is about to have that space violated with the help of those who should be protecting her.
It’s a series. She’s the main character. So she must survive this also. At the 20% mark, there must be a twist that sets her on a new path.
The problem is that this mindset, this careful planning of violation and destruction, revolts me. It’s too real. Too common. I don’t want it in my head, especially when it’s placed there by someone who writes as well as Christopher Rice.
I’m reluctantly adding this to my DNF pile. The good thing is that it’s taught me that there are some plot devices that I need to avoid. I’ll take a look at Christopher Rice’s other books and see if there is something there that will allow me to enjoy his obvious talent.