Forgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1) by Vivian Barz

Forgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1)

An unlikely pair teams up to investigate a brutal murder in a haunting thriller that walks the line between reality and impossibility.When small-town police officers discover the grave of a young boy, they’re quick to pin the crime on a convicted felon who lives nearby. But when it comes to murder, Officer Susan Marlan never trusts a simple explanation, so she’s just getting started.Meanwhile, college professor Eric Evans hallucinates a young...

Details Forgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1)

TitleForgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1)
Release DateAug 1st, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Forgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1)

  • Dee Arr
    The thriller I was hoping to read never materialized, which was unfortunate, because I liked the main characters and this could have been a good story.The author flip-flopped back and forth between Eric and Susan, offering two likable people with realistic problems. The clues were consistently laid out for the reader to see, and it was an inevitability that the two would eventually meet. If Ms. Barz felt she was concealing the truth of the murder...
  • Ceecee
    The most positive thing that I can say about this is that I like that one of the main characters Eric is a schizophrenic, who with the aid of appropriate medication is able to live very successfully with the condition and most people would be totally unaware. I also like the other main character of Susan who is dogged, determined and caring. Unfortunately, the book is so up and down in terms of pace I found it hard not to nod off at times. For ex...
  • Dennis
    Review to come.
  • Amanda
    I really need to start DNFing books, so I don't have to write ranty reviews. I prefer to write happy reviews for books I enjoyed.Let's talk about the only aspect of this book I really enjoyed and that is the character Eric. He's unique with his schizophrenia. His ex-wife is a complete douche canoe but thankfully he doesn't pacify her at all. He was a great likable character for the most part. Story felt a bit boring at times, 53% in and the "unli...
  • Caotico09
    What you should know before reading:1) Forgotten Bones is not your typical crime novel. There is not a ton of crime solving, leads, or potential suspects- instead it focuses on the daily lives of two MC's who somewhat haphazardly stumble onto clues. 2) The book does include paranormal activity (ghosts). 3) I found the book to be rather slow, for example Eric's introduction chapter spends pages and pages to say two things: he has schizophrenia and...
  • Jose
    I was offered an advance copy in exchange for a review.“Forgotten Bones” was a genuinely good read! The story centers around Eric and Susan, a college professor and Police Officer respectively, and an ongoing child murderer case in the small town of Perrick, CA. The book has great pacing, making it an easy and enjoyable read. I loved how it went back and forth between the two main characters, giving you just the right amount of information ab...
  • A Wondrous Bookshelf
    Forgotten Bones is not your average crime thriller, and I will go over why. The premise of the book is excellent. Susan, a young detective upon responding to a car accident scene, comes across the body of a young child. Police quickly attributes the crime to a local pedophile. However, Susan is suspicious that there is more to the story and decides to embark on an investigation on her own. Parallel to Susan's story we meet Eric, a geology profess...
  • Paul
    Actual review: 3.5 stars.I was offered a pre-publication Kindle copy to read and review."Forgotten Bones" is a fast read, a small town serial killer mystery with a supernatural twist and a pair of engaging protagonists (the man is especially intriguing because he's schizophrenic and inclined to hallucinate ... only in this case his disturbing visions aren't just coming from his own imagination).Some of Vivian Barz's narrative threads had predicta...
  • Darcia Helle
    I'm not reviewing this book because I couldn't bring myself to read more than 30 pages. What follows is just me telling you why I so thoroughly rejected this one. Be aware that what I'm saying might be considered "spoilers", though all of this happens within the first pages.We start off with a couple driving. The male is giving a sober monologue of complaints, while the female is drunk and, for reasons unknown, totally turned on. (His ranting is ...
  • Lynne Marshall
    Forgotten Bones was a unique and engaging tale. I'm not crazy about serial killer stories in general, but this one pulled me in and kept me interested from Chapter One. Susan is a young but perceptive small town police officer. Eric is a schizophrenic with one heck of a backstory, who is new in town and who has no clue what he is about to get sucked into. I rooted for him from the beginning. The little boy ghost insists that Susan and Eric put th...
  • Jana
    More like 3.5. The plot and twist were extremely predictable. That being said this book was different than your typical thriller and I loved the supernatural aspect to it. I look forward to more from this author.
  • Christopher Williams
    I enjoyed this one. Not an author I have read before but well written with likeable characters in Eric and Susan. The plot was good and almost impossible to guess what had happened. Certainly maintained interest right to the end.
  • Jill B
    Ugh! This used to be a genre that I enjoyed, but that was a long time ago. I did manage to finish it so I didn't hate it so much I gave up, but sometimes I wanted to. There wasn't too much that happened that wasn't broadcast from a mile away. For example: - The person who was blamed for the crimes may as well have been named Red Herring since no one, other than the police and FBI in the book, would ever think he was the one that did it. - The pol...
  • Sheri
    Eerie book, somewhat predictable in portions. I found it unbelievable that the police officer Susan, would not have problems with the mentally disturbed man. But other than that, it was a very good book and although predictable, well-written and the characters also well-written I did find myself reading it quickly and I do recommend it for lovers of thrillers.I'd like to thank the author/publisher/netgalley for the opportunity to read this book a...
  • Mel
    Ahhhhhh I really like this book!It has the perfect mix of mental health positivity, paranormal activity, and detective work. The characters are well fleshed out, and even if I guessed the "twist" it didn't make the ending any less enjoyable.
  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityForgotten Bones is definitely not a book to be read with the lights off. Or alone in the middle of the night. Or anyplace where it can feel like the creepy-crawlies might be closing in.This one sits at the intersection between mystery/thriller, horror and paranormal – and that’s not a comfortable place to be in the dark. It’s a fascinating place, in the thrills and chills kind of way, but not exactly c...
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    I really enjoyed this book it was a mix between a ghost story and a murder mystery! There were two main characters Eric a schizophrenic who is going through a divorce and to say it’s messy would be an understatement, Susan a police officer on the local police force. After a car accident the body of a small child is discovered and it’s on the property of an ex con , whose also a know child predator. Once the police start investigating over twe...
  • Boundless Book Reviews
    A body popping up isn't a big deal to a cop, but when it happens in a small town, it's just that. Susan is called out on a traffic accident, and soon she is in the midst of a mystery with a young boy's buried body. Soon that young boy turns into more buried children on a local farm nearby. Eric has schizophrenia but has control of his disease. Soon enough, after some major personal issues, he finds himself not so in control when he begins seeing ...
  • M
    Decent police procedural in this word-padded novel. You can find it, too. I finished this leisurely-paced “Kindle First Read,” so I could write a review. I’m a crime fiction fan who likes police procedurals and often reads mysteries with paranormal and/or supernatural elements. This book has decent crime-fiction bones, which is smothered under scads of internal monologues, personal drama and melodrama, plus miscellaneous information. Whew. ...
  • Tori Zieger
    Not a horrible book, but fairly predictable. This is a pitfall a lot of "thrilling mysteries" fall into, and at least the writing style of the author was enjoyable. The two main characters are well written and likable enough. I enjoyed Eric's diagnosis of schizophrenia. It was a relief to finally read a story revolving around a person successfully and realistically dealing with mental illness, and one even more stigmatized than just general menta...
  • Ukgardenfiend
    Is this a ghost story or a murder mystery? It is up to the reader to decide but it encompasses both. We have a ghost - a very persistent and quite forceful ghost; but we also have a murder and mystery. Who is the ghost? And what happened to him? He was murdered, but how and by who, and where?Set in small town USA with a very small policeforce and not much money, we have female police officer with stickability and persistence and curiosity. All of...
  • Charlotte Lynn
    Haunting, thrilling, and entertaining are three words I’d use to describe Forgotten Bones. Many of the characters had no connection until the bones were discovered buried at a local farm. Then things started to be heard, images began to appear, and characters started to weave their stories together to find out the truth of who was behind all the bones that were found. I had no doubt that the obvious suspect wasn’t the guilty person. If it was...
  • Char
    This was my second Amazon First Reads pick for the month of July.I really enjoyed the main characters and the writing was good but the pacing had my head spinning a bit. It's pretty slow going for most of the book and then, just like that, everything happens at once. It's such a rush that I just about got whiplash. The other thing that was off was the story involving the ex-wife and brother. It never really goes anywhere, making these characters ...
  • Peggy
    This book was a combination psychological thriller and paranormal thriller. Two main characters, Eric (schizophrenic) and Susan (police officer). Both characters were believable and the author made me like both of them and understand their life situations.The story was about a child's murder which turns into discovery of a serial killer. I thought the paranormal parts of the book were excellently written. I felt I was right there with Eric during...
  • Jay W Murphy
    Fabulous Murder MysteryThis is the first book that I've read by Vivian Baez and I enjoyed it immensely. Like most murder mysteries, it lots of twisted and turns and in this case some that are mind-blowing. A grave of a young boy is discovered in a small California town by a very small police force. At the same time a college professor in geology named Eric Evans who is a schizophrenic arrives after a divorce. He meets officer Susan Marian and tog...
  • laura
    Sucked Me In Immediately !It's been awhile since I have read a decent story involving ghosts and this book has me wanting to read more from this author! The characters were well developed and their well thought out back stories allowed them to feel like friends that could have been included in my circle outside of the pages of this book. The setting was clear and significantly described to not fit the typical setting of a horror-thriller-mystery ...
  • Denise Keef
    This was one of the many choices of First Read of the month through Amazon Prime. The title grabbed my attention immediately due to my love of thrillers and mysteries. I am so glad this was one of my choices! I quickly became engrossed in this story from the prologue on. Though due to the subject matter, this book will not be for everyone and my heart was hurting as more and more of the details of the crimes were revealed. I really did enjoy this...
  • Judith D
    Here is a story that treats Schizophrenia in a reality based way. The story shows the trauma that people can inflict on each other during divorce. After his divorce a professor of geology makes a move across country to get away from the trauma forced on him by a cheating wife. As he begins to get used to a new job and make new friends in a town he has never lived in before he becomes entangled in a physic way with a piece of furniture. He meets a...
  • Paula Galvan
    Not your usual who-done-itI liked the characters in this book, although at times they needed a slap in the head. Susan, an experienced police officer, was a bit too timid in standing up for herself during the biggest murder case to hit town. And Eric...although a nice guy with a mental disorder that seems to really be his super power, actually still takes calls from his cheating x-wife and brother! Kick them to the curb, Eric! Other than that fru...
  • Virginia Flowers
    A thoroughly predictable but enjoyable read. A "whodunit" with a possible super natural twistI loved both main characters, Eric and Susan. A small town in California makes a grizzly discovery on rural farm. After a car accident on a deserted stretch of road, police start finding the bodies of young children near the farm house of a convicted pedophile. After some extreme personal drama back in Philly, Eric (who is living with schizophrenia) begin...