Monday, October 21, 2013

White Bones by Graham Masterton Book Review


One wet November morning, a field on Meagher's Farm gives up the dismembered bones of eleven women. In this part of Ireland, unmarked graves are common. But these bones date to 1915, long before the Troubles. What's more, these bones bear the marks of a meticulous executioner. These women were almost certainly skinned alive.
Detective Katie Maguire, of the Cork Garda, is used to dead bodies. But this is wholesale butchery. Her team think these long-dead women are a waste of police time. Katie is determined to give them justice.
And then a young American tourist goes missing, and her bones, carefully stripped of flesh, are discovered on the same farm. With the crimes of the past echoing in the present, Katie must solve a decades-old ritualistic murder before this terrifying killer strikes again.
Published in America under the title A Terrible Beauty, White Bones marks Katie Maguire's UK debut.


'One of the most original and frightening storytellers of our time.' Peter James.

'A natural storyteller with a unique gift for turning the mundane into the terrifyingly real.' New York Journal of Books.

'One of the few true masters.' James Herbert.

I really loved this book; a brilliantly well written page turner, based in Ireland where 11 female skeletons were found in a pile buried in the Meaghre's field. The girls had been gruesomely stripped of skin and muscle while alive and had been buried there since 1915.
Then after a tourist goes missing and her bones are found on the same farm in an arcaic pattern...has it started again?

This is the first of 2 books from the Katie Maguire series and from here runs a fab murder mystery combined with deeply believed folk law and witchcraft. DS Katie Maquire heads the investigation of this exciting horror story and is the first book Ive read from Graham Masterton and Ill definitely be reading more.

I found the characters believable and loved Katie combined with her own home problems it held a good balance between us seeing her as a detective and seeing her as a wife; but I felt she needed more development; even though I loved her in this book, I would have loved to know more. The supporting characters were perfectly explored and again balanced off Katie well.
Grahams writing style is certainly fast paced and it flows beautifully through the book so you don't want to put it down....and I didn't, I ended up reading right through the night till the early hours lol.

I was however shocked at the graphic explanations of the sadistic torture but it brought the book to life as a real horror. However I felt it wasn't needed and Ive seen some reviewers put off by this which is a shame. Its a Sadistic killer story so it does have some relevance.
I enjoyed the mix of folklore and superstition and with the added mix of Irish Cork slang made it more enjoyable and believable. You can tell Masterton lives in the area as he brings this book, the area and the people to life.
I still didn't guess the murderer till right at the end, so enjoyed this superstitious read. I have already downloaded the next in the series Broken Angels and cant wait to read more about Katie.

Warning; its horrific in parts but you are reading a murder story.

Author Bio

Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946. His grandfather was Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless.  He is a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, Menis Health, Woman, Womanis Own and other mass-market self-improvement magazines.
Graham Masterton's debut as a horror author began with The Manitou in 1976, a chilling tale of a Native American medicine man reborn in the present day to exact his revenge on the white man. It became an instant bestseller and was filmed with Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Burgess Meredith, Michael Ansara, Stella Stevens and Ann Sothern.

Altogether Graham has written more than a hundred novels ranging from thrillers (The Sweetman Curve, Ikon) to disaster novels (Plague, Famine) to historical sagas (Rich and Maiden Voyage - both appeared in the New York Times bestseller list). He has published four collections of short stories, Fortnight of Fear, Flights of Fear, Faces of Fear and Feelings of Fear.

He has also written horror novels for children (House of Bones, Hair-Raiser) and has just finished the fifth volume in a very popular series for young adults, Rook, based on the adventures of an idiosyncratic remedial English teacher in a Los Angeles community college who has the facility to see ghosts. Since then Graham has published more than 35 horror novels, including Charnel House, which was awarded a Special Edgar by Mystery Writers of America; Mirror, which was awarded a Silver Medal by West Coast Review of Books; and Family Portrait, an update of Oscar Wildeis tale, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was the only non-French winner of the prestigious Prix Julia Verlanger in France.
He and his wife Wiescka live in a Gothic Victorian mansion high above the River Lee in Cork, Ireland.

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