The Bone House by Brian Freeman

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Hilary and Mark Bradley are trapped in a web of suspicion. Last year, accusations of a torrid affair with a student cost Mark his teaching job and made the young couple into outcasts in their remote island town off the Lake Michigan coast. Now another teenage girl is found dead on a deserted beach. . . and once again, Mark faces a hostile town convinced of his guilt.

Hilary Bradley is determined to prove that Mark is innocent, but she’s on a lonely, dangerous quest. Even when she discovers that the murdered girl was witness to a horrific crime years earlier, the police are certain she’s throwing up a smoke screen to protect her husband. Only a quirky detective named Cab Bolton seems willing to believe Hilary’s story.

Hilary and Cab soon find that people in this community are willing to kill to keep their secrets hidden—and to make sure Mark doesn’t get away with murder. And with each shocking revelation, even Hilary begins to wonder whether her husband is truly innocent. Freeman’s first stand-alone thriller since his Stride novels is a knockout.
 

About Brian Freeman

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Brian Freeman is the internationally bestselling author of psychological suspense novels featuring detectives Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 18 languages. His debut thriller, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel. His other novels include The Burying Place, In the Dark, and Stalked. Brian is drawn to complex characters, and says, “My stories are about the hidden intimate motives that draw people across some terrible lines.” Brian and his wife, Marcia, have lived in Minnesota for more than twenty years.
 
Published March 29, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Nothing untoward occurs, but Mark and Hilary learn the next morning that Glory was murdered on the beach.

Apr 05 2011 | Read Full Review of The Bone House

Examiner

Fate steps in and a hole, big enough for the small girl to escape through, is burned away at the back of the barn.

Jul 22 2012 | Read Full Review of The Bone House

Book Reporter

One of the people who is most convinced that Mark is the murderer is Cab Bolton, the homicide detective assigned to the investigation.

May 24 2011 | Read Full Review of The Bone House

The Bookbag

Not only did Mark know the girl - there's a witness who can put him in a very dangerous place.

Sep 21 2010 | Read Full Review of The Bone House

Journal Sentinel

In the end, "The Bone House" more than lives up to its evocative title, and I'd like to see Freeman visit Death's Door again.

Apr 01 2011 | Read Full Review of The Bone House

Bookmarks Magazine

Hilary and Cab soon find that people in this community are willing to kill to keep their secrets hidden—and to make sure Mark doesn’t get away with murder.

Apr 10 2011 | Read Full Review of The Bone House

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