Horror

Review: Near The Bone by Christina Henry

I’m a huge Christina Henry fan. As soon as I see or hear about an upcoming book by her, I race to grab it. That was the case with Near The Bone, and I was so excited to get a copy from my local library.

Near the Bone book cover

Near the Bone

by Christina Henry

Published March 13, 2021 by Berkley Books
ISBN: 0593199766

Data from Goodreads

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.

TW: abuse, rape, kidnapping, mutilation

My Review: Not The Best

Unfortunately, this novel lacked the magic I had come to associate with Christina Henry’s work. It just wasn’t very good.

The Pros: What Worked For Me

  • The concept that the author was going for was very interesting: not only is the horror the actual monster, but it is also the abusive “monster” that has been tormenting Mattie for all this time.
  • The story has a fast pace so it is easy to just keep reading this book and get to the end.

The Cons: What I Didn’t Like

  • The portrayal of Mattie’s abuser was slightly nonsensical at times. He was more of an archetype than a fully fleshed-out character that evoked fear in the reader. His random changes in behaviour/attitude towards Mattie created a jarring reading experience.
  • The monsters are barely described. It’s hard to feel fear for something that is described so vaguely.
  • When the story ends, there are just far too many plot holes that aren’t resolved. It is frustrating because you’ve just read this entire story and there is no feel of completion.

Compared to other books by Christina Henry, this one really wasn’t up to the mark. I am still going to give Henry more chances to impress me, but this one only gets 2 stars from me.

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