I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Near the Bone by Christina Henry
Published by Berkley Books on April 13, 2021
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Also by this author: Kicking It: These Boots are Made for Stalking, Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook, The Girl in Red, The Ghost Tree
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.
Here is what I thought
Barb and I tackled another one and I think I should have just listened to her when she knew I was not liking it! She definitely liked this one more than I did so go check out what she has to say at Booker T’s Review after you read my little rant. 🙂
I am really bummed about this but I do believe this will be my last attempt at reading Christina Henry, I need to just realize that she was a one hit wonder with me as out of the four books by her I have read I only loved Lost Boy.
Mattie lives with a horrible man who is very abusive and they live out in the mountains alone and he won’t let her do much of anything. He does let her go check their traps where she found something strange. There was a dead animal with some very weird prints in the snow. She tells William about it and he is not happy about something be there on their mountain. It could attract unwanted attention. He also thinks it’s big so it would be a lot of meat if he could kill it.
They find it’s cave and it doesn’t act like a normal creature as they find bones divided up, skulls all in one place, etc. Later that night the creature comes close to their cabin and leaves a warning of some sort. Mattie thinks it was mad they went to it’s cave.
While out looking for the creature they meet Griffin who it seems is cryptid fan and when he sees Mattie he thinks she looks familiar. Him even talking to Mattie get’s her into trouble by William. Griffin though it seems can’t quit worrying about her and decides to have his friends come with him to find them which just gets everyone in trouble.
I find it hard to describe without giving something away but it basically ends up being them trying to survive against William and a creature.
I absolutely hated this story from the get go and almost gave up on it several times. William was so abusive, I wanted to reach into the book and hit him! I couldn’t get over this horribly unlikeable character and the abuse he inflicted on Mattie though almost half the book. Who wants to read that? Not to mention some of the things you learn William (trying not to spoil) It made my blood boil. I want to read a book that is entertaining not hate it so bad because of the characters. Then I got to where I didn’t like Mattie cause I couldn’t see why she stayed. I would have took my chances and ran!
Once about 60% gets there and they are trying to survive on the mountain it got a bit interesting but I was already so mad at it that it didn’t really do anything to help my thoughts of the story. Then you never even get to know what the creature is as it never explains anything. You verily get any descriptions of it. To be honest I think this story would have been the same without the creature. William would have tried to kill everyone with or without the creature.
I think the only character I kind of liked was C.P. as he had some fun dialogue!
That pretty much sums up the storyline.
That summed up William pretty well.
Mattie to me wasn’t a likeable character, I tried to feel bad for her but she often did things that drove me crazy. I understand that she has been very sheltered and abused but still just wasn’t a fan of hers. I also didn’t understand a lot of things about her and one is, who really was Heather? Was Mattie a schizophrenic? I mean with the abuse she endured I would make up people too. I just don’t understand mentioning her so often and to never find out anything about her, it bugged me.
I know a lot of people have enjoyed this book and so I really think it wasn’t a book for me. Barb said it best when she said it was more like a domestic thriller with a bit of supernatural thrown in. It just wasn’t what I hoped and it will take a lot to get me to read this author again and I am sad. I was going to DNF it and I should have and Barb told me to go ahead and do so and I should have listened because I couldn’t get my mind past the first half of the book. This was by far the worst of the ones I didn’t like from here. 🙁
I don’t normally get triggered, so I don’t care about trigger warnings but there are certain things I guess that just make my blood boil even if it’s never happened to me. So please do know it has a lot of spousal abuse and there is something else but if I say it will spoil the plot but it also just hit my buttons!