Saturday, March 19, 2016

#BOOK #REVIEW: Bed of Bones. . .


Thirteen-year-old Willie Compton and his younger brother Leonard stumble upon a mine shaft while hiking the hills of Park City, Utah. The shaft is unsealed, abandoned. While Leonard stares at the hole in wonderment, a Slinky he’s been flipping back and forth between his hands slithers through his fingers, tumbling toward the mouth of the shaft. Leonard bolts forward, reaches out to grab it, but he slips, then he falls.

Present Day

Up-and-coming filmmaker Melody Sinclair stirs in her chair, nervously awaiting the debut of her film at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on a true story, Bed of Bones tells a tale of murder, shining a big, bold light on Park City’s tragic past. A past that’s about to revisit the present.

M & J's Review

Back in the 1950s when life was much simpler than the way we live today, 13-year old Willie Compton and his 7-year old brother, Leonard, went hiking in the hills of Park City, Utah.  They were there visiting for a short time while their parents finished settling up a land deal.  Willie and his brother were not supposed to go beyond the fence, and that was with good reason--beyond the fence were old mine shafts that had not been sealed off completely.  Their parents told them it would be dangerous, but to kids, danger doesn't seem to exist.

So while the two brothers go exploring, they obviously didn't heed to the warning their mother had told them.  Willie was beginning to feel on edge and wanted to head back to the house, but Leonard had dropped his slinky toy and wanted to get it.  Willie pleaded with his brother that they could buy him a new one, but Leonard wanted the one he saved up money for.  Standing on some pebbles, the ground gave way, and while Leonard desperately tried to reach his slinky, he fell into the hole.  Willie panicked and didn't know what to do.  He prayed that the hole wasn't too deep and he called to his baby brother--only for no sound to return.  He didn't know whether to try to get down the hole or to go home and summon help? 

Fast forward to present day.  A beautiful young woman, Melody Sinclair, is excited because her new film was about to debut at the Sundance Film Festival.  Her film was appropriately titled Bed of Bones, based on a true story of murder regarding Park City's past.  Melody was just about to go take her seat to watch the movie she worked so hard to make, when she discovered she didn't have her glasses.  She politely excuses herself, after giving her speech to the crowd, and heads for her car to see if she left them there.  Melody's assistant, Brynn, advised her she'd go and get them and bring them back to her, but Melody insisted it wouldn't take but a couple of minutes.  Melody was going to soon regret that decision.

While she's checking her car for the left behind glasses, which she suddenly realizes isn't there, a man in dark clothing stood and observed her.  She's immediately frightened and eager to get back inside the theater, when all of a sudden a loud explosion happens, and that is where our story begins--or rather, where our story is going to pick up.

This was an extremely fast-paced psychological thriller.  One I truly enjoyed immensely.  Sloan Monroe is a private investigator trying to piece together what the hell happened in this small town where nothing ever happens!  What Sloan unearths will leave you spellbound for quite some time.  Have you ever read a book that leaves a residue on your brain, like someone left footprints in your memory?  This is that book!  You will not be able to get these characters and the story line out of your mind.  It will make you think twice about going to large venues, as, most of us know, people do actually commit these types of horrendous acts.  I loved, loved, loved this book.  The chapters are short, quick and full of information that keeps you turning the pages.  There are two stories in one, and when Sloan gets on the case, she has her job cut out for her. 

I loved this book so much I read it in one day.  I was shocked when I started it around 2p and finished around 10:30p that night.  I could have finished it much sooner, but I had other things to get done, and it was Valentine's day.  Can you believe I read a book like this on V-day?  It was totally amazing.  I couldn't get enough.  Bed of Bones is Book 5 in the series and I'm new to it, but I have to say, I've already downloaded the rest of the series because I want to know what other cases Sloan has worked on.  And the best part is, this book is a standalone so it doesn't matter that I didn't read the series in order. 

Are you looking for a great psychological thriller to get your heart pumping, I guarantee you, this one right here will do it for ya!  Mello & June gives this book five stars and beyond.  I can't wait to finish the series, and y'all already know I can't stand series.  That is, unless it's really that good, and this one most certainly is.  Umph, that ending was Aah-maaa-zing!  To think I've had this book on my shelf for about a year, and I kicked myself for not having read it sooner.  But no worries, I'm gonna get 'er done! 

Happy Reading Intellectual Minds!

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

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