Near the Bone by Christina Henry

The creature roared once more, and the particular person outdoors was screaming, screaming lengthy horrible cries of ache that appeared to push inside her ears and press in opposition to her eyeballs and cease up her throat.

I believe as a result of I discovered Henry’s Misplaced Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook so good and new, I had excessive expectations for no matter of hers I would learn subsequent; and it turned out to be this e book, which is a really high-quality horror thriller however nothing distinctive or stand out.

Close to the Bone by Christina Henry
Berkley, 2021
Digital assessment copy

It is a creature characteristic, solely there are two monsters: the one within the
woods mutilating issues and the one Mattie’s married to who hurts her
relentlessly. In a short time, Mattie has to resolve which monster she fears
extra, particularly when surviving one monster exposes her to the opposite.

The e book is a fast learn, and has a really cinematic really feel; it hews carefully
to the usual horror film system so nicely that I might anticipate
the following beat. However the fast clip means there’s not sufficient area to
breathe into the story, so to talk, so whereas we get nice perception into
Mattie and her marriage, the whole lot else is simply panorama or pressure.
The perception, depth, and emotional horror that Henry evoked in Misplaced Boy
is simply lacking right here. It is entertaining and diverting, however on closing
the e book I felt like I lacking half the story one way or the other.