Hilary and Mark Bradley are caught in a web of suspicion.
A year ago, accusations of an affair with a student cost Mark his teaching job and made the couple into outcasts on their island home. Now another girl has been found dead, and Mark faces a hostile town convinced of his guilt.
Hilary Bradley is determined to protect her husband, but digging into the murdered girl's secrets proves lonely and dangerous. Her only ally is a quirky Florida detective named Cab Bolton.
Hilary and Cab are both outsiders in a place that doesn't trust strangers, and they're running out of time to find out what's buried in the ashes of the past. There are people willing to kill to keep the truth hidden - and to make sure Mark pays the ultimate price for a young girl's murder.
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"Freeman is an excellent purveyor of psychological suspense...[He] expertly links the back stories of the Bones and the Bradleys and
keeps the suspense at fever pitch."
– Daily Mail, London
"It's like someone has lit a fuse and we are caught captivated, waiting breathlessly for the bomb to go off. Eerie, atmospheric and melancholic, The Bone House delivers an astute thriller with a very human subtext."
– The Truth About Books
"Freeman is one of the most readable of the younger generation of American thriller writers....Well-plotted, with totally believable characters and a red-hot finale, [The Bone House] is just the sort of book Hitchcock, in his prime,
would have snapped up."
– Shots E-Zine
"Scorching suspense...In this book, [Freeman] has surpassed himself."
– Star Tribune
"By the conclusion, you'll wish that it was twice as long. It's one of those books, one that is so good you hate to see it end. THE BONE HOUSE is being marketed as Freeman's first "stand-alone" work, but I would be the first to lobby for more Cab Bolton, one of the more memorable detectives --- police, private, or otherwise --- whom I have recently encountered."
"Exciting...Like Freeman's Stride novels, "The Bone House" zips along in lean prose to a conclusion that involves a killer whose identity is well-hidden."
– Pioneer Press
"The Bone house fire, like the novel's plot, is unpredictable and twisting, its unanswered questions and lingering secrets affecting the lives of the novel's ensemble of compelling characters."
– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Well-developed characters and a thrilling climax"
– Publishers Weekly
"Brian Freeman's The Bone House is by far the most terrifying, most suspenseful novel I've read in a long time. I highly recommend putting this one at the top of your list of mysteries to read this spring. The plot is extremely engaging from its fiery opening to its shocking revelation."
– Gumshoe Review
"BONE HOUSE is a psychological thriller at its very best....Freeman is a master at cliff-hangers which will leave readers anxiously moving on from almost every chapter...To say that this is a novel full of surprises would be an understatement. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."
– I Love a Mystery
"Here's a psychological thriller done by someone who knows how to write one. While basically a story of a man and wife, the plot bleeds out to include a detective and and CSI analyst, some troubled teenagers, and a terrible tragedy from the past. The tragedy, portrayed in the breathtaking prologue, reaches lethal tentacles into the future and threatens almost everyone involved."
– Suspense Magazine
"Madness, murder, mystery and romance make THE BONE HOUSE a chilling page turner....Brian Freeman knows how to spin a great story and keep his readers on the edge of their seats. I, personally, never miss any of Brian Freeman's books from the time I discovered them."
– Fresh Fiction
"This is Brian Freeman's first standalone novel after five stories in his Stride and Dial police novels, and it hits on many cylinders....Deftly and densely plotted from the first page, the story moves along building tension with every chapter."
– Deadly Pleasures