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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (MM) (Feb. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451202473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451202475
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #987,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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This was the first book I have read by Jan Burke and I was very impressed! The first couple of hundred pages are fabulous and have many good twists and turns. The last couple of hundred pages are similar to other mystery/thrillers and are a very servicable conclusion to the story. Nick Parrish is a great killer and Burke does a great job at making him very scary. I really couldn't put this book down and read it in a couple of days. I am really looking forward to reading more of the Irene Kelly novels and seeing what else Jan Burke has in store.
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I have read the whole series and watched Ms. Burke's writing become stronger and more enticing. This one was almost a bit too much for me. People have said cruel things such as the only interesting character is a dog, too many characters, killer not developed, etc. I can't agree with any of that. This book is superb. Complex, compassionate, interesting, surprising, capitivating. I wanted to put it down because it was making me scared. This killer became too real and she went too far into his personality for my comfort, but the book was so good I couldn't stop. Yes, something startling happens in the beginning of the book, and I wonder what would happen next because there was so much book left. Burke gives us our money's worth to the VERY END, and it's a long book. My only complaint, is that she brought me a little too close to the motivations and pleasures of the killer for my comfort. Where did she learn to do that? Too much information for my enjoyment, but it's a talent I have to admire. I fear now she won't be able to go back. All of the books will be this scary. Yes, it did seem odd that Jan Burke would create such a perfect killer and then work the night shift in a dark, deserted building, but her Irene Kelly is an independent cuss. She deserves a break of good luck in the next book. My favorite one of the series was HOCUS. Burke matured from the earlier books, developed her characters, and her story line, and didn't scare the BEJESUS out of the reader the way she did with BONES. I hope she'll go back to the intelligent book that's not so scary. This killer really gets it though. Perfect punishment. Perfect book. Too perfect. :) I'm still scared.
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By sevphire on Jan. 12 2004
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This has been the best book in thriller/mystery that I have read. (and I read plenty...) I know many readers say they couldnt put the book down but, but its soo true, this book was amazing, it will keep you wondering about it, during and after you read it! I assure you that if you like mystery and thrillers, this will keep you at the edge of my seat the whole time!!
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As a first-time reader of Jan Burke, I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was an incredibly suspenseful story that was incredibly well-written.
Irene Kelly, a newspaper reporter, has been following the story of a missing woman, Julia Sayre, for four years. Julia's daughter repeatedly checks in with Irene to see if she's come up with any information on her mother's whereabouts. Then, Nick Parrish is caught after killing another woman. Parrish had been a neighbor at the time Julia Sayre went missing. He agrees to reveal the body's whereabouts if he is spared the death penalty, but not all is what it seems.
The book takes several twists and turns, never letting up on the suspense. Anyone that likes a suspenseful story won't be able to put this book down. The action never stops. This book is a great book to read if you're looking for an exciting read with lots of twists and turns. I'd highly recommend it.
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Man, this book was great. The ending left everything nice and open and...well then the novel continued for 200 vastly more boring pages. It's like two novels in one, only the first novel is interesting (if disjointed) and the second one is just unbelievably boring. And as usual, the GRAVE DENOUCEMENT at the end that explains it all and shows who the TRUE EVIL of the book is does nothing but make the reader feel cheated - as in you wonder why you even bothered reading the first 180 pages of the novel.
Good book up until halfway through, when the second plot kicks in and everything just falls apart. I'd say give it a read as Irene Kelly is pretty interesting. It's a shame the first half of the novel couldn't have been longer and better written (with more emphasis on the killer and his assistant) and the second half could have just been left on the cutting room floor.
Eh. Mildly recommended. Just stop after about halfway through to save yourself the dissapointments coming up. And keep a notebook handy so you can keep the plethora of supporting characters straight - too many characters doing too many things weighed this book down heavily.
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Being a fan of Jeffery Deaver and Patricia Cornwell, this book was recommended to me by a fellow reader. I had read Burke's "Flight" last year and quite enjoyed it, but found "Bones" a very different kind of story. "Flight" was more of a human interest story with a mystery thrown in, whereas "Bones" definitely enters Deaver "grisly and creepy serial killer book" territory.
Burke's ongoing character Irene Kelly, a feisty journalist, is part of a team of mostly cops and forensic specialists going on a mountain trek with a serial killer to find the body of a victim he says he buried there. Thus begins a harrowing, tragic and creepy cat-and-mouse game that will keep you reading (and maybe even keep you awake) until the end.
I guess my only criticism would be that the book is packed with such an enormous cast of characters that it is sometimes difficult to keep them straight (this is more in the first half, though). Fortunately, the later part of the story focuses most of its attention on 4 or 5 of them so it's easier to follow.
The book's villain is not one you're likely to forget soon!
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