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When Sara Mason returns to her hometown to start a new life, she learns that a serial killer is terrorizing its residents. Despite battling the memory of the drowning deaths of her younger sister and alcoholic parents, Sara is determined to make peace with her past. However, she soon learns that the elusive psychopath is now stalking her. Sara's attempt to rebuild her lifeWhen Sara Mason returns to her hometown to start a new life, she learns that a serial killer is terrorizing its residents. Despite battling the memory of the drowning deaths of her younger sister and alcoholic parents, Sara is determined to make peace with her past. However, she soon learns that the elusive psychopath is now stalking her. Sara's attempt to rebuild her life is hindered even more by the discovery of skeletal remains on her property. As the investigation focuses on several suspects, Sara discovers critical clues and bravely volunteers to be a decoy for the sheriff's department. Sara Mason is a woman whose destiny has brought her back home... but her decision leads her down a path lined with danger, and straight into the arms of a madman....

Title : River Bones
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ISBN : 36435013
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 303 Pages
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River Bones Reviews

  • Martha
    2018-11-19 18:17

    Better than the movie!

  • K.J. Simmill
    2018-11-17 22:22

    It had always been Sara's dream to own a Victorian mansion and, although Talbot House was in need of some renovations, her dream had finally come true. Strange noises in the night left her on edge, but when she and her friend Daphine found fresh marks in the concrete where someone had tried to pry open the window Sara had to finally accept there was more to the noises than just her imagination. At her friend's suggestion they went to visit Mrs Talbot, to learn more about the legend of the ghost walking the halls, if only to discover if these rumours had any truth. Sara, however, was less concerned about a ghost and more worried about a serial killer. She is obsessed with thoughts about this murderer at large, worse still, new evidence seems to suggest they came from Delta, a fact made more unnerving by the feeling that someone has their eye on her. Events that could once be dismissed as an over active imagination begin to escalate until there is no longer any room for doubt, Sara is not safe. Join the mystery and see if you can discover the killer's identity in Mary Deal's, River Bones: Sara Mason Mysteries Book One.Mary Deal seamlessly integrates Sara's history and character building into the plot, by the time you each the end you know everything you could want to. Friendships are built and developed, whilst all the time a budding air of tension keeps the reader wondering what is happening, and dreading what is to come. There is a brilliant attention to detail, from describing the surroundings, to providing sensory images so you can almost feel the thick blanket of the fog, or the scent of the surroundings. This book really is a descriptive treasure and builds a fantastic image of Delta, its surroundings, and even the community. Fans of mystery will love how subtle clues are woven within the plot, and as with any good story the red herrings and twists will keep you guessing. River Bones is a great read, filled with intrigue, suspense, mystery and even romance, it is well written and easily one of the best mystery/suspense books I have read this year. Mary Deal clearly has a talent for this style of writing, and I look forward to seeing more books from her in the future.

  • June V.
    2018-11-22 20:29

    This is the second book I’ve read written by this author and it doesn’t disappoint. The author has a distinct writing style and her descriptive narrative fascinated me; from her geographical presentation of the Delta area with its canals and dykes to her colourful characters. This is a story that moves along at a fast pace. I wasn’t able to figure out who the killer was, even when the heroine of the story, Sara Mason knew who the perpetrator was. I liked this protagonist because she was a strong woman but flawed. And sometimes her strength came from her sense of purpose and strong character, and sometimes from a stubborn recklessness.A number of her well-defined secondary characters could have been the killer and the author did a great job of leaving the reader guessing. I am definitely a Mary Deal fan and intend on reading more of her books. If you like crime and mystery, this is a story you’ll want to read. And so I move on to her next book.

  • Berk Rourke
    2018-11-17 23:28

    When I first started this book I thought it might end up being a romance, at least in part, and it did. But the majority of the book was dedicated to the character development of several people who starred in the story. I won't tell you their names because you can read it for yourself to find who they are. What I will say is that each of the characters were wonderfully created, fleshed out and given life. I don't know if Mary Deal has written a sequel to this story but I am going to find out because I enjoyed this one a great deal.

  • P.S. Winn
    2018-11-24 17:36

    Sara Mason has already had a tough time in life. Her parents and sister died years ago. Sara had to move on with her life and has done well. Now, she is heading back to her home. Sara already knows about the serial killer in the Sacramento River Delta, but she had no idea that she would find herself in the middle of murder and mystery upon her return home. This is a good story of how the past touches the present and the author has written an intriguing tale that should satisfy mystery, suspense and thriller readers.

  • nora m malotte
    2018-12-03 21:31

    River Bones (Sara Mason Mysteries Book 1)Sara's life is turning upside down with people leaving her, dying, she is alone. Then everything changes , she has a new job, money and has returned to her old home town. But thing start unraveling when she buys an old house. Is it haunted ? Everyone say , yes ! Can she move on find answers to what is haunting her dreams, life and her house. Her dreams may hold the answers she seeks. I RECOMMEND this GRIPPING THRILLER. Enjoy!

  • Teresa G Evans
    2018-11-16 19:17

    Weak story lineMany sentences didn't make sense. It seems like this story is poorly translated from another language. Could also use better editing. The story was very much like a tour guide for the Delta too. Meaning to much tourism and not enough story. I kept waiting for more..... thin ending

    2018-11-19 23:35

    This was a bit hard to get through because the main character was having issues coming back to her home town with money and buying a big house, renovating it and finding a body on her land. Her friends were welcoming but those that she knew but wasn't close with she was suspicious of trying to find who was the killer.Someone was still killing and out to do her harm also.

  • becky
    2018-11-23 01:43

    Mysterious and heart warmingMary Deal will be the next author to be a house hold name. This book is a page turner from front to back. Almost impossible to put it down, it has everything an award winning book must have. And the ending is sad but beautiful. Read this book you will not be disappointed.

  • Angaline Meyers
    2018-12-09 20:22

    Grips you and keeps ahold all the way to the end!This tale deals with grief and changes. Old endings and new beginning s and taking friends along with you! Will look forward to more!

  • Pam
    2018-12-11 22:19

    Very suspenseful!I enjoyed reading about the area where my grandparents had their farm. It brought back many memories I had not thought of in years. The book kept me in suspense the whole read. Can't wait to pick up another one.

  • Estalene
    2018-11-29 01:26

    A Really Great BookThis book was exciting, a great mystery, vibrant scenery and a love story all in one book. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

  • Martha Cheves
    2018-11-21 21:22

    River Bones - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish“The graves of two unidentified skeletons did not contain ID and personal belongings, as was the case with previous burial sites found. Cat bones buried in the graves were the tie-in with previous victims, all found with bones of a small animal. Cold case detectives identified one set of remains as that of Paula Rowe, a convenience store night clerk from Sacramento. She had been missing twelve years.“Previous reports indicated the victims had been put into the ground with whatever they had on their person at the time. The killer dug the graves in remote areas near rivers and streams where the ground was soft and damp, promoting decay. A police profiler indicated the perpetrator probably lived within the crescent shaped area where graves were found across the Sacramento Valley.”After great tragedy in her life, Sara Mason has returned to her homeland of the Sacramento River Delta after purchasing Talbot House, a decrepit old Victorian once owned by Esmerelda and Orson Talbot. This grand home was sold after Orson went panning for gold and never returned. After the sale of the old home Esmerelda opened River Hospice, which had been the dream of both she and Orson. It is at River Hospice that Sara meets Huxley Keane who frequently treks to Vietnam, searching not only for his MIA brother but Esmerelda’s daughter as well.Sara loved the old house but with it came a few unexpected happenings. Someone had been trying to get into the house either before or after she moved in, or both. Someone tried to kill her and an old school friend. Then she is hit with word that the house is haunted, but this won't stop her from continuing with her dreams of making this mansion an even more beautiful place to behold. Since money is no problem, she can afford not only to complete this project but to also help her friends along the way. That is as long as she can stay alive, as a stalker leaves horrific evidence of what is planned for her.In setting herself up as a decoy to help the Sherriff’s Department identify the psychopathic madman, Sara’s own involvement stirs her interest in helping Huxley search for his brother in Vietnam. As she and Huxley draw close, their relationship offers another chance to heal her life and to find love, but he is suddenly considered a suspect.I had the hardest time putting this book down. Author Mary Deal throws you a clue here and there but the clues could lead you to several of the book's characters. Before I made it to the end, finding out who the psycho was, I had already convicted at least 4 others. I was surprised and yet not when she revealed who it really was. I can't wait to read another book in this series, which I understand is titled The Howling Cliffs.

  • J.M. Northup
    2018-12-04 19:38

    Creepy and disturbing with a touch of romance and deep friendships!I enjoyed this story. It was very creepy and left me unsettled as I tried to figure out who the serial killer was. The climax of the book was intense and very well written!I like Mary Deal's writing style, as I enjoy descriptive text. She also had great dialogue, creating interesting characters. She did a wonderful job of keeping me guessing what was going to happen next and the story was full of surprises. The suspense built throughout the tale and for me, the last third of the book was really engaging and hard to put down. Though the entire story had forward momentum, the tempo of the story was swift and eventful, drawing me into the last portion of the manuscript completely. I really enjoyed the twists and turns of the finale!It was clear the author knew the Delta area described well and she did a great job bringing it to life for the reader. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and I do recommend this book.

  • Dawn
    2018-12-13 21:29

    I bought this book at a silent auction because the author lives here in Kauai. I was a little nervous because I tend to stay away from the mystery-give-me-nightmares kind of books. This one was not bad. There was enough suspense to keep me nervous but it didn't keep me up at night. The plot was good enough. A girl moves back to her hometown after making a lot of money to buy a mansion and rebuild. Of course the mansion is "haunted" and there is a serial killer on the loose. She gets sucked into the drama and she solves everything. This book was fun. There is a sex scene in the middle that I could have done without and only mild swearing. I enjoyed the descriptions of the Sacramento River Delta (although I kept thinking it was set in Florida.) The remodeling log wore on me. Maybe if there were pictures it would have kept my attention...So, if you are looking for a book that doesn't have a lot of craziness and will keep you guessing most of the time, this is a good read.

  • Sherry
    2018-12-12 20:45

    I know Ms. Deal. She's a clever, intelligent writer who will deliver what she promises. This is a thriller with clues sprinkled throughout and I admit I missed some along the way because they were a little too buried for me to notice the first time I went through the book. When the end was revealed, I had that "V-8" moment and went back to find my missing hints. They were there. I don't think this is Mary's first book but it was a good bet it wouldn't be her last (and it wasn't). Her style is easy to read, and yet isn't over simplified just to find readers. She is an adult writer and I really enjoyed the book. If you like good drama, you will enjoy this.

  • Patricia Gligor
    2018-11-12 23:35

    "River Bones" by Mary Deal is an intriguing mystery! An intricate plot, a fascinating setting and a unique cast of characters kept me turning the pages until the very end, eager to discover the killer's identity and to satisfy my curiosity about what would happen to each of the characters.

  • Sue Mydliak
    2018-11-22 19:21

    This was very well written and I won a contest she held for it. If you like a good mystery this is one, but I will warn you, the clues are there, you have to read slowly to find them and they are so "black and white" some are very small clues others are bigger, but they are there!A must read!

  • Nadia Giordana
    2018-11-16 20:32

    Once I started reading River Bones, I didn't want to put it down. The characters are captivating and real. I was soon deeply involved in their lives. I love a book that isn't patently predictible and this book delivered continuous surprise and suspense. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.

  • Susan
    2018-11-26 21:24

    Deal did a great job with her first mystery.